Lupita Nyong’o praises ‘Wonder Woman’: ‘Fierce. Sensual. Just amazing.’

Sensual. On Friday the Black Panther   cast member posted a glowing review of Wonder Woman on social media, calling the film “just amazing” and applauding the work of star Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins. Epic. Stylistically Captivating. “Ok people, I just left the theater and KNOW for CERTAIN that the GODS have seen fit to BLESS us with #WONDERWOMAN,” Nyong’o wrote. Stylistically Captivating. Director #PattyJenkins IS NOT PLAYING AROUND, as she gives us some AMAZON REALNESS in an exquisitely directed story. #wonderwoman #warriorwithin #diversity #LovedIt #diverseCast
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Can't WAIT! The score is KILLER. W.O.W. Perfect length. Just amazing. A post shared by Lupita Nyong'o (@lupitanyongo) on Jun 1, 2017 at 11:19pm PDT

Nyong’o wasn’t the only high-profile actress sharing her   Wonder Woman excitement on social media. Jessica Chastain posed with an old-school Lynda Carter T-shirt while encouraging women to “get in formation,”   Octavia Spencer   praised the movie for promoting diversity and female empowerment, and   Krysten Ritter (star of Marvel’s Jessica Jones) said she couldn’t wait to see it. And it is the type of film that I think you can enjoy over and over. Marvel actress Lupita Nyong’o is sending some heartfelt praise to two women of the DC movie universe. Female empowerment. FUN. @gal_gadot #PattyJenkins
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Female lead. @wonderwomanfilm #RunAndGoSeeIt #HadToGush #PromotionFromTheHeart. Smart. Witty. Female director. Sensual. FUN. Just amazing.”
Gadot “will glue you to the screen,” she added, while Jenkins “IS NOT PLAYING AROUND” as she delivers “AMAZON REALNESS in an exquisitely directed story.”

Ok people, I just left the theater and KNOW for CERTAIN that the GODS have seen fit to BLESS us with #WONDERWOMAN. Perfect length. Engaging. Fierce. Witty. Go #wonderwoman go! Epic. Fierce. It is a superhero movie like none I have ever seen. Chris Pine is irresistable. #WONDERWOMAN Ok ladies, now let's get in formation. This movie definitely goes down as a classic in its genre for me. Smart. Funny in an honest, not-trying-too-hard way. “W.O.W. Show Full Article @gal_gadot #fightlikeagirl 💪🏻👊🏻👑
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Wonder Woman is in theaters Friday. #GalGodot will glue you to the screen and at the same time make you want to run to the nearest costume shop to get your W on and join the #GODESSNESS right away (W = #WomanWarriorOfTheWorld). Funny in an honest, not-trying-too-hard way. Engaging. It is a superhero movie like none I have ever seen.

How to watch Ariana Grande’s Manchester benefit concert

For the less social media-minded, One Love Manchester will also be available on more traditional TV channels, with the BBC playing host broadcaster and providing TV coverage of the star-studded event. Show Full Article The concert will also air live on Freeform starting at 2 p.m. Almost two weeks after a terrorist attack outside   an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., killed 22 people and injured over 100 more, the pop star is returning to the English city on Sunday for a special concert benefiting the victims and their families. The concert will be available to watch on several online platforms; it’ll be live-streamed on the main Twitter site as well as on Grande’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Dubbed “One Love Manchester,” the benefit is set to feature performances from Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Usher, Take That, Niall Horan, Robbie Williams, and Black Eyed Peas in addition to Grande. ET, and ABC will show a one-hour highlight special following Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

Chelsea Handler rips Ivanka Trump for not calling out ‘a‑‑hole’ father

“I have such a personal problem with it because my dad is an a–hole,” Handler says. … It was just our family’s problem. And he’s dishonest and he lies — you know, he’s a mess. I actually saw [Ivanka] follows me on Twitter, and I direct-messaged her and I was like, ‘This is your chance. You do this, you can’t lie, you can’t cheat, you can’t steal. … We’re moving backwards!”
Chelsea is joined in the episode by comedian Sarah Silverman and Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood. I feel so disheartened. You are writing your life story here.’”
Watch Silverman, Richards, and Handler in the clip above. And I would call him on it. On the latest episode of her Netflix talk show, Handler blasts Ivanka for failing to call out or influence President Trump’s handling of women’s issues. “He’s like a Donald Trump but not successful, so it’s not everybody’s problem. I think Ivanka’s job now is that she’s in charge of all women’s issues, so this would be a time to kind of step up.”
Silverman adds, “I’m so dead inside when it comes to all of this. I don’t want to be anything like you.’”
Handler goes on to implore Ivanka to “tell that f—ing a–hole that this is an unacceptable way to treat women. Show Full Article Chelsea Handler thinks she and Ivanka Trump have something in common — but it only makes her more disappointed with the first daughter. New episodes of Chelsea hit Netflix on Fridays. Richards says, “So far the White House has been a total zero on women and women’s health. My entire life I was like, ‘You can’t treat people like this.

Zac Efron shows off his ‘pole dance’ moves

“I’m so happy I can still do that,” he tearfully joked. The Baywatch star appeared alongside Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show, where the host showed a picture from an Efron photoshoot. Risky Business, indeed. Show Full Article Zac Efron is giving new meaning to pole dancing. Watch the video above. In the photo, he hung sideways from a parking meter, all while shirtless. Baywatch, which costars Dwayne Johnson, Alexandria Daddario, and Jon Bass, is now in theaters. And with the help of a pole and Flo Rida’s “Low,” a song with which Cruise has his own history, Efron showed his moves have only gotten better with age. This led to Norton challenging the actor to prove he could really pull it off.

Toxicology results shed more light on Chris Cornell’s death

She said she hoped the   full toxicology report would   clear up   “unanswered questions.”Following the report, Karayiannis said in a statement that Cornell “was not himself” before he died.”After so many years of sobriety, this moment of terrible judgement seems to have completely impaired and altered his state of mind. Something clearly went terribly wrong and my children and I are heartbroken and are devastated that this moment can never be taken back,” she told People in a statement.“We very much appreciate all of the love we have received during this extremely difficult time and are dedicated to helping others in preventing this type of tragedy,” she added. (Chris Pizzello / Invision/Associated Press)The toxicology findings on the death of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell indicate   that the singer had several prescription drugs in his system   when he was found hanged in his Detroit hotel room, a report said Friday.Hours after his May 18 death, the Wayne County medical examiner’s office initially declared   that the ’90s grunge icon had committed suicide by hanging, which his family has disputed.According to   TMZ, Cornell, 52, had the barbiturates   butalbital and lorazepam   as well as the decongestant pseudoephedrine   in his system when he died.Four fresh track marks found on Cornell’s arms were reportedly a result of medics administering another drug — naloxone   — which is used to counteract narcotics overdoses, the site said.Vicky Karayiannis, Cornell’s widow, who was the first to realize something was amiss with her husband before bodyguards broke down his hotel room door and found him,   contended that his death was accidental. Latest updates

Brandy released from hospital after collapse on plane at LAX

flight to New York. (Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)Brandy has been released from a hospital after falling ill on a flight at   Los Angeles International Airport early Friday morning.The R&B singer, whose full name is Brandy Norwood, was in the midst of touring when she collapsed on a Delta Air Lines flight headed to New York’s JFK International Airport. Latest updates   She was in the studio late Thursday before arriving at LAX for a 5:45 a.m. She fell ill before the plane departed, with the aircraft returning to the gate, where emergency responders transported the singer to the hospital.Brandy was slated to appear in Atlanta with her mother on Saturday to speak at a women’s expo. Singer-actress Brandy has been released from a hospital after becoming ill on a flight out of Los Angeles on Friday. Her brother, singer and reality star Ray J, will now fill in for her.The   singer is still slated to headline the LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood on June 11. “She will be relaxing for the next few days.”The Grammy winner’s schedule has been arduous lately, with the singer on more than 10 flights in recent days and juggling late nights in the studio. “The stress of all of the traveling and working so incessantly has exhausted her,” the singer’s longtime publicist, Courtney Barnes, said in a statement.

‘House of Cards’ bosses on the twists and turns of season 5

So he winds up finding a bigger ambition, in a way, for himself. PUGLIESE: The show at its core is about a marriage. The duo weighed in on the many twists and turns, as well as teasing a potential season 6. For a number of real reasons, but also emotional reasons, the answer was no. We   asked Neve   if it’s possible LeAnn survived   since we didn’t see her body. And that was ultimately what Claire had to face. Obviously, we’ve seen Frank get his hands dirty, and while Claire is certainly aware of his actions, this was the first time we’ve seen her go to this level. Let’s start with Tom. But to what Melissa’s mentioning, an example is the promise of terror and the idea of how to approach that. PUGLIESE: I think what Melissa said is perfect: You want to back your characters and story into a corner and see what happens. GIBSON: To be a character on House of Cards, you’re basically always fighting for your life [laughs]. That’s the premise of the show, and they are just wrestling with that relationship. He has played a role in placing her there and defined a new power beyond the power. With the election, inadvertently, you had some real-world similarities, even though the season was in motion before then. Since we ended on such a pitch, we really felt like there was a lot we owed. And it felt like we were building to a place where we had to pay that off and circumstances led her to lay down that claim. The thing that was great is that the show has always been a bit of a meditation about power. PUGLIESE: I don’t think he’s ever going to let go of his relationship with the White House… it’s something he wants his hands on. I think there’s something about her finally embracing her ambition and wanting to be different from Francis and equal to Francis. WARNING: This post contains spoilers for season 5 of House of Cards. We’ve seen so many ebbs and flows in their marriage, but with Claire now in power and having not pardoned Frank, what will that do to the relationship moving forward? So maybe it’s convenient, maybe it’s part of a bigger plan, maybe it’s an opportunity that presented itself to Francis, but he starts to realize, like Melissa said, the power behind the power. What went into his decision and how should we read it? That was the engine behind where the story went. She makes a pretty profound choice when she does this, and it has a lot to do with the person we end up seeing at the end of the season. PUGLIESE: We are just starting to talk about the next season. We came up with, “What would it be like to have a politician who takes advantage of it and manipulates it and plays it out in the imagination of the voter?”
GIBSON: So if the American psyche becomes the real battlefield, that notion was terrifying. What that looks like and what that’s like is going to be an interesting question for the show. At what point did you decide to end the season with Claire as president? GIBSON: All will be revealed in due time. Show Full Article “My turn.”
And with that badass, breaking-of-the-fourth-wall sign-off from new President Claire Underwood (you read that right), House of Cards wrapped up its fifth season, which somehow managed to feature the series’ most WTF moments to date. PUGLIESE: And there’s something about his character starting in season 1, he’s really more powerful and threatening behind the scenes as an insider. What would happen if all three branches of government are basically pulled into the chaos of the Underwoods’ making? In a sense, the show pivots a bit, because it’s not about who’s in the White House, but who ends up owning the White House. Let’s step back before his resignation. How did you decide this is how you wanted to play out the election, particularly with stretching it out so long? What would you say to that theory? I know something we wanted to explore was how that changed in regards to Francis and his needs, but also, how she emerges and how she speaks to us. PUGLIESE: It also falls into line with her coming to terms with her ambitions and what she’s capable of. And as the Underwoods would say, “Poor Doug.” He survives the season, but he’s agreed to take the fall for Zoe’s murder. GIBSON: It’s the ultimate price to pay. GIBSON: Francis, by nature, is always a few steps ahead of the game, but at the same time, he’s a master improviser. And what excited you most about going in that direction? In a way, season 5 is the culmination of a lot of story lines crashing into each other. PUGLIESE: And I don’t think Francis should get away with it so easily. So she gets to 10, and he all of a sudden says there’s an 11 [laughs]. She wasn’t sure how to answer that. So part of that trajectory was doing something like this. What will democracy be able to sustain? Or is he too committed to them at this point? In a good way, I feel like it’s hard to tell if he really believes in this plan or if he’s just scrambling. Part of that was all about exploring stuff that was possible and in the air that people had been talking about for a few years, which is how you might be able to hack or manipulate an election. GIBSON: Because she’s not the clear victor in that. There isn’t anyone else who it would have been more costly for her to have this happen with. He is now in a corner, and we will see what he does to get out of it. Let’s recap: Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) stole the election; they convinced the overly   dedicated Doug (Michael Kelly) to falsely confess to killing Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara); Frank pushed Catherine Durant (Jayne Atkinson) down the stairs, putting her in a coma; LeAnn (Neve Campbell) was set up to be killed by Frank; Claire poisoned Tom (Paul Sparks), who died as they had sex; and most shockingly, Frank resigned, leaving Claire as the new president. Hopefully, by the end, you see that they’re different, but equals. PUGLIESE: What we like to do on the show is explore what’s possible. But, there is stuff like with LeAnn and other characters that have been going on for seasons, so there’s definitely some season 5 storytelling where prices have to be paid. So yes, as storytellers, it felt important to explore that. There’s something about if your biggest antagonist is the person you actually also need most that gives us a pretty exciting path to follow. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY:   First season in charge, and you guys didn’t hold back. MELISSA JAMES GIBSON: Season 4 ended with the Underwoods on the edge of fermenting chaos and fear, so we needed to pick that up and pay it off. I’ll just say this, some of the stuff you’re talking about is not so absolute when it comes to Doug. You get all that? It was one of the big original sins. And you’re right, he’s the most loyal soldier on the show. Is it possible to have a real human love relationship in the context of what she needed to accomplish? He’s already done and had so much done to him for the Underwoods;   did you consider having him reject this plan? His resignation might have been the biggest shocker of the season, considering all he’s done to get there. Was it important to you for Zoe’s death to still be such a big factor, considering how important Zoe originally was to the show? Let’s talk about Frank. It’s about this relationship, so no matter what, over the years, it’s something the show has always explored — the nature and evolving nature of their marriage. GIBSON: But either way, their destinies are inextricably entwined. Now, her hands are as dirty as Francis’. There was a little bit of real-world echo. So is that the role you see for him next season? GIBSON: And Doug is always navigating being punished, punishing himself. GIBSON: He lays it out in his pitch to her: This way, we’re going to be able to control all of it, from the outside and the inside. So it seems like there’s a really fun and dynamic opportunity at play with that question. What he does with that, if he realizes that, and what he does with the realization is a good opportunity for the show coming up. Although, that’s nothing new. PUGLIESE: It’s Underwoodian in a way that Doug is haunted by what he’s done, and it’s exactly that haunting that Francis and Claire take advantage of. And I think both of those skills were called upon. PUGLIESE: One of the themes of the season is her relationship to her own ambition. PUGLIESE: There’s a sense here where they both need each other symbiotically, but they also turn out to be each other’s biggest antagonist in a way. PUGLIESE: I think we can leave that up to the audience to decide if it was a grand plan or if it’s a plan in the moment. That’s his vision of it, and what she will be willing or not willing to do in that regard will be one of the questions we will dig into. If you look at the season and how that plays out is in the relationship to the direct address to the camera or both of their relationships to the audience. So there was something great about him deciding to go back there with a bigger prize in mind. GIBSON: [Laughs] It’s a dangerous job. We want to always root it in what’s possible, so to take it to this extreme, we had the idea of “What if someone tried to steal an election or change the results and put the electoral college into question?” And from that point on, it was like, well, once you do that, you sort of create a governmental and constitutional crisis, so there’s a ripple effect there that seemed like great story and something to play with. You’re right, that was a major inciting incident, and I think one of the questions we were trying to explore this season is these young women aren’t disposable, she doesn’t just go away with no repercussions for anyone. The fifth season of House of Cards is now streaming on Netflix. PUGLIESE: It’s part of TV writing to have really exciting options…
GIBSON:   And to back yourself into a corner. GIBSON: Well, as you know from watching the show, often times, anyone in the Underwood world has to make a choice between their ambition and their humanity. For the last couple seasons, he has been really grappling with his own humanity, what he deserves, what he should fight for, and where his loyalty should lie. It was a rough year to be an Underwood employee, whether it be Doug, Seth, LeAnn, or Tom. FRANK PUGLIESE: We had conversations about how to approach some of the promises made in previous seasons. PUGLIESE: I think what’s next for him is probably a question for everyone, which is where does the real power lie when it comes to American politics? Frankly, I feel like we’re all living it a bit right now. It’s Francis’ nature to sort of stave off threats, but to also create chaos with the ability to take advantage of it. We’ve been around since season 3, and it’s coming into season 5, so there’s a trajectory, and there’s some stories laid out that we’re responsible to, and there’s some expectations that we had to match. It’s a place he’s more comfortable with and is actually in a sense more powerful at. So for us, it was an amazing opportunity and a great moment to be able to take over the show. So in trying to explore that, for us, we particularly dug into moving the battlefield into the American psyche, basically, having the fear and chaos play out in the imagination of the American people. GIBSON: The shifting dynamics of that power relationship. GIBSON: Any interesting show has a really good memory. With so much to discuss, EW talked with executive producers   Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson, who this season took over for creator Beau Willimon as co-showrunners. PUGLIESE: And with some of the other characters you mentioned, it’s season 5, and there have always been these Machiavellian aspects of the court, like who is positioning themselves closer to Francis and Claire and the price they pay for it. Were you purposefully trying to put your stamp on the show, or is this just how the story unfolded as you were writing? After building up the relationship between her and Tom throughout the season, why did it culminate in the way it did? GIBSON: We really wanted to explore pushing at the seams of democracy.

‘House of Cards’: Paul Sparks talks his unusual exit

Would he have been okay with that? That had always felt like it was headed in that direction, so on some level, I think Tom might have been okay with this. As we saw, he does like sleeping around, and willingly accepted this arrangement to become Claire’s sort-of-boyfriend. House of Cards season 5 is now streaming on Netflix. I suppose they can, and I suppose that’s the ultimate compliment, that he is complex, because complex is what it is to be human. I always thought that Tom was a guy who existed in sort of the little league [world of this show], and he finally met someone he felt like he had an opportunity to go on an adventure with. The thought I had was, “I need to get the f— off this show.” [Laughs] Like,   we   perpetuated this love affair with s—ty people in politics! But dying by the freshly bloody hands of   Cards‘ Lady Macbeth felt like a perfect way out for his player, Sparks says, and pulling it off with Wright as a scene partner and director made his exit all the more memorable. [Laughs]
Do you think it’s a fitting way for Tom Yates to die? She understands how people relate to each other, just on a kind of a kinetically emotional way, and I always feel very at home with her, because I know she’s steering me in the direction of truth. [Actor] Boris McGiver is an old friend of mine, and I always wanted to do a scene with two Toms. She’s one of the smartest, one of the most emotionally intellectual actors I’ve ever met and that totally transfers to her as a director as well. She just is something extraordinary, and it’s just in her DNA. Warning: This following contains spoilers for season 5 of   House of Cards. Unlike what it did with LeAnn Harvey (Neve Campbell), Netflix’s   House of Cards   showed us the ending to Tom Yates (Paul Sparks). He was always begging Claire to choose him, to choose bedroom Claire over politician Claire, and you know what? I know that Tom was a somewhat controversial character, but I did love being on that show and I wish them all the best. To destroy the only person he felt [with whom] he had a super close relationship, to destroy her? I think it was heading in that direction. But I do remember thinking, “This is a big moment in my life. [Laughs]   But I mean, and I know this happened in the fourth season, just the fact that I got to sit between and have coffee and apples with Kevin [Spacey] and Robin at a table in the morning was… [laughs]   I don’t know if it gets much better than that. Not to be too grim, but I always thought that Tom would [end up] hanging from the ceiling by himself. I don’t even know what that means, but yeah, “sexy creeper.” Can those words exist in the same sentence? Yeah, I think he was. You know, it’s hard not to think about it, just as an American. But ultimately what I took away from it were really nice memories with really nice people. Show Full Article And what an   ending   it was: Part sex scene and part death scene, Sparks’ lothario writer went out with a,   ahem, bang and a speedy death after being fed poison by Claire Underwood (Robin Wright). [Laughs] So there’s that. [Laughs] Yeah, there were a lot of things going on. I know it’s been said many times but they took all the good ideas away from what we could possibly do on the show. No, I don’t think he necessarily deserved it, but I do think that it was maybe destined. I mean, she’s great. I don’t know, so in a way [his death] may have been merciful. I just loved being on that show, I’m happy that people like it. Do you remember what was running through your mind while filming that scene? I think he might have seen the poetry of it, you know? What would have been the alternative to either killing himself or destroying their lives with that book? Anything else you remember from that last day? But I calmed down, and the truth is, my main problem with him is that I just don’t agree with his policies about the government’s role in people’s lives…. The only thing I joked about taking was that stupid bag that I had to wear that I was so sick of wearing [laughs]. I’ve taken that one. I saw a headline a while back that called him, or really you, “TV’s sexiest creeper.”
Right   [laughs]. Cathey [who played Freddy] just because we had no reason to do one [laughs] and I always wanted to do a scene with Tom Hammerschmidt. No more [characters] can get poisoned and then have sex and then die. I know everyone on this show has been asked this, but for you, what was it like going into this season knowing that the political climate had changed so much since back when you joined in season 3? But this one in particular, I can remember thinking when it was over, “Wow, I’m a lot more emotional about this than I thought I would be.” As far as taking anything, to be honest, the very first time I went in to put on the costumes for Tom Yates, they literally pulled things out that   I   personally own, like with the exact color [laughs], so there was no need to take anything. Now   House of Cards   can’t do something like this again. Look, I don’t know everybody’s political opinions, but I think the majority of people in the arts are pretty leftist, and we’re disappointed in the Trump administration. Like, that has now manifested itself in our daily lives! Looking back, do you think Tom Yates truly loved Claire, then, as he told her earlier in the season? And yet, what’s interesting about him is that he was willing to destroy her and her husband’s lives because he continued writing that book. I will say that the day after he was elected, I was in Baltimore and I remember waking up in the middle of the night and, probably not unlike a lot of people, sort of had a panic attack. She chose. PAUL SPARKS:   When I read it, I mean, it’s not often that you get to have sex with and then die underneath Robin Wright, so it was pretty spectacular. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your reaction to finding out that Tom would die in flagrante? It’s funny you call him a controversial character. What was it like having Robin as your director for your death scene? It would have been fun to do a scene with Reg E. I won’t ever forget lying in that scene on that floor, in that place, with that fire, and with those people around me. Well, it’s quite a way to go. Is there a scene partner you wish you got a chance to work with? She’s directed me in   several   sex scenes on the show, so we were comfortable with that. I remember how warm everybody was. [Laughs]
Just curious: Did you take anything from set after filming that last scene? And I think in many ways, it saved him from a life he would not have felt so great about. I don’t know what else there was left for him to do. And she was directing too, so if you add in the fact that death scenes are, along with sex scenes, probably the hardest things we do as actors, it was… [Laughs] it was pretty monumental. I think that’s what he interpreted as romantic… And so, was he in love with her? If I’m not mistaken, this was the last scene I was going to shoot on the show, so there was the profundity of having worked on this show for a really long time with all these people, and then there’s the absurdity of shooting a sex scene [laughs]. To me, it makes sense. It’s so hard doing goodbyes because you have these intimate, intense relationships with people and then you never see them again. but, we do live in a democracy where we can vote him out. That I won’t forget.  
Yeah, right? And just to wrap up, is there anything else you want to add? I think that ultimately he would appreciate the honesty of what she chose. And I remember constantly having to put down kneepads for Robin so she wouldn’t get rug burns. It was good. You got to have memorable scenes with both Underwoods and much of the cast. Read at your own risk! Below, the actor talks what ran through his mind in that final scene, exiting the show after three seasons, and, of course, how it felt to play a part in a drama that’s supposed to serve as a funhouse mirror to an administration that already seems like a funhouse mirror to usual politics. Hmm… [Pauses]. There was nothing drawn out or ambiguous about it. With that in mind, do you think he deserved what he got from Claire? I’ll remember this.” There have been a lot of scenes I’ve been in that I’ve forgotten, on that show and other shows.

‘Wonder Woman’ director on creating a female — and feminine — superhero

“It was my Star Wars,” she says. “Working with her is working with someone who doesn’t give up, that doesn’t get exhausted at any time.”
Clay Enos/Warner Bros. One was to make sure star Gal Gadot fought like Wonder Woman. She’s not that kind of person.”
Secondly, she wanted to make sure Wonder Woman always looked attractive. What the heroine stands for — core values like freedom and equality — aren’t too far removed from Superman’s principled pursuit of truth, justice, and the American Way, and it was Richard Donner’s landmark origin story that sealed Jenkins’ passion for superhero cinema. “No,” Jenkins says. “Patty has this amazing ability to pay attention to the smallest details at the same time, still not forgetting about the bigger picture and the broader message,” she says. “She doesn’t punch people in the face. Jenkins says the stunt coordinators would show her great moves that would neutralize an opponent immediately, but they involved hunched shoulders, and possibly even a grunt. Jenkins held that film close to her heart while she toiled away on Wonder Woman, ensuring that the spirit of Superman was felt in her superhero film. “That’s not my dream. For more from Patty Jenkins, pick up Entertainment Weekly’s The Ultimate Guide to Wonder Woman, featuring the cast and creators of the new film and the character’s long history,   on sale now. It’s me.’”
Gadot, for one, deeply appreciated her unwavering commitment. Patty Jenkins was 7 years old when Christopher Reeve first flew onto the big screen in 1978’s Superman and the moment was life-changing for the Wonder Woman   director. That’s not the most effective way to stop something from happening,” she says. You’ll see it in some of the film’s smaller moments — like when Diana and Steve Trevor are cornered in a London alley, or the unabashed love affair the two main characters share in the piece. I don’t want to make her into a man. “And she doesn’t stomp on somebody’s chest to get information. “I believe in the vigilance of that art,” she says. Show Full Article I want her to keep her integrity and grace while she fights.”
Jenkins had never worked on a movie of this scale, but she quickly discovered that she needed to employ her own superpower: a hawk-eyed attention to the film’s script and tone if she was going to translate her specific vision to the screen. Clay Enos/ TM & © DC Comics
Early on, Jenkins says she had two main objectives. That’s not my fantasy. ‘God damn it! It’s tiring. You want to go home, but then you’re like, ‘Hey, can we work this weekend?’ Wait, who said that? See the cover below. “To stay vigilant every single day for the entire time is what the job is.

‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Room 237’ directors have new horror projects in the works

Ascher, meanwhile, has directed the documentary Primal Screen, which concerns   pop-culture artifacts that traumatized individuals in their youth. The horror streaming service Shudder today announced new projects from Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and Room 237 filmmaker Rodney Ascher as part of its first slate of original programming. Jenkins is attached in an undisclosed capacity to the series Riprore, about a homicide investigation in Los Angeles and a darkness that leads to the end of days. Primal Screen will premiere on Shudder on June 8. The latter comes from Graham Reznick, whose credits include co-writing the video game Until Dawn and the upcoming film Bushwick, with Dave Bautista. Finally, Shudder announced that it is also developing a series loosely based on serial killer Ted Bundy.  

Show Full Article Watch the trailer for Ascher’s documentary above. Other announced projects include a series based on Emily Schultz’s novel The Blondes, which is set in a world where blonde-haired women can turn into rabid monsters at any moment, and a short form series named   Deadwax about the hunt for a mysterious record that drives its owners mad and kills anyone who dares to play it.

Riz Ahmed ripped Danny Boyle’s shirt during ‘worst audition’ for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’

— went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide and launched the careers of Patel and Freida Pinto in addition to scoring eight Oscar trophies. He made me audition for the role that Dev [Patel] ended up playing so wonderfully well, but he was like, you’re not right for that, play his brother, who’s got a bit more edge and is kind of a rough guy,” Ahmed told   The Handmaid’s Tale actress Elisabeth Moss as part of Variety‘s latest “Actors on Actors” special. The full interview airs June 13 on PBS SoCal. Before he rose to prominence opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the 2014 thriller Nightcrawler   and in last year’s beloved HBO miniseries The Night Of, the actor and recording artist cut his teeth in audition rooms, reading sides for directors like Danny Boyle, who ultimately passed on hiring the London native for a major part in his 2008 Best Picture-winning drama, after a particularly intense encounter during the casting process. I’ve ripped the seams of his shirt, so I’m spitting into Danny Boyle’s naked chest,” he said. I’m like, screaming in his face, spitting in his face, and I’ve ripped his shirt. I could feel my passion.’”
On a modest budget of $15 million, Slumdog Millionaire   — about a young Indian boy who reflects on his life as he competes on his country’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Show Full Article You can get up in my face.”
Recalling himself feeling “all g’ed up” ahead of the performance, Ahmed then recounted what happened after Boyle called action. According to Riz Ahmed, however, the audition process for the movie was anything but. Watch Ahmed discuss the embarrassing moment in the video above. “[Danny] looks at me and goes, ‘Okay, cut. I was so into that. “I did this scene where I’m shouting at Danny, Danny’s playing the other character… and Danny says, ‘You know what, Riz, you can do whatever you want! “Before you know it, I’ve got Danny Boyle up against the wall. Alright Riz, thanks a lot for coming in.’ The thing is, I walked out of that audition going, ‘I nailed that. Slumdog Millionaire stormed the 81st Academy Awards after critics hailed it as one of the most heartwarming experiences of the year. “Danny Boyle, if you’ve met him, is the world’s nicest guy.

‘Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie’: EW review

It is also blessedly brief(s); 89 loopy minutes of light potty humor — literally, the climactic scene involves a super-sized toilet — and modest life lessons that works mostly because it never tries to be more or less than what it is: A breezily surreal story about two best friends who love pranks and tree houses and drawing superheroes who wear their Underoos on the outside. it’s a plane! Like all good leads, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch) need a nemesis, and they find three: Benjamin Krupp (Ed Helms), the permafrost principal who runs their Ohio elementary school like a Soviet work camp; Melvin Sneedly (Jordan Peele), the resident fourth-grade suck-up; and Professor P (Nick Kroll), the mysterious new science teacher who looks like an electrocuted Einstein and laughs like Dr. One day,   Captain’s pint-size viewers will undoubtedly move on to Marvel’s spandex universe; until then, they’ve got this sweet, silly starter kit. One the action-hero competency scale, he’s probably a 2; in pantsless entertainment, a solid 8.5. Clearly, defeating these enemies will require outside assistance; help comes in the form of a cereal-box hypnosis ring that summons Captain Underpants — the egg-shaped daredevil lovingly depicted in George and Harold’s hand-drawn comic books. B+

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The jokes (by   Storks   screenwriter Nicholas Stoller) fly fast and a lot of them land — without feeling unnecessarily snarky or self-aware, in the way that some animated movies seem to do when they’re trying too hard to wink at the chaperones in the room. It’s a bird! Set against that admittedly low bar, DreamWorks’ adaptation of Dav Ilkey’s beloved children’s book series is a tighty-whitey triumph, with manic charm to spare. It’s a kids’ movie that won’t make grownups want to manually remove their own toenails!

‘Days of Our Lives’ star will return after battling cancer

She previously played Blair Cramer on ABC’s One Life to Live. In August of last year, DePaiva wrote on her blog that she was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia over the summer and had spent six of the previous nine weeks in the hospital. Although I’m unable to be camera ready now, my goal is to get back to stirring up trouble in Salem soon.”
DePaiva first joined DOOL in 2014. She got her start in the soaps on Guiding Light in 1986. Show Full Article Kassie DePaiva, who plays Eve on Days of Our Lives, is expected to return to the NBC sudser after battling leukemia. She said her prognosis was good. RELATED: 23 Celebrities Who Got Their Starts on Soap Operas
“I consider this just a bump in the road,” she wrote. “The Days and One Life to Live family love runs deep. EW has confirmed that DePaiva’s episodes will begin airing in October. The news was first reported in Soap Opera Digest.

‘The Leftovers’: Inside TV’s best soundtrack

on HBO. Songs are songs. “After many long distance calls to Australia in the middle of the night and several rabbit holes we went down, we finally found the church where this choir had practiced,” she explains. In addition to “Va Pensiero,”   The Leftovers has also used the brassy Overture from   Nabucco and excerpts from Verdi’s   La Traviata. And I also love “Personal Jesus” [from episode 3] because it makes me laugh my ass off,” she says. “So, I started to quickly see that we were going to be using very bold, creative things, and I was just thrilled because you just don’t get that opportunity all the time,” she says. While the show had no problem using it in season 3, the first time they tried clearing it was a complicated process. “Songs behave a certain way. If they work, great. “It’s such a dark, intense, beautiful, and, to me, cathartic song,” she says, explaining what led to her pitch it for the scene. Unfortunately, nothing ever panned out until The Leftovers, where it fit rather perfectly in the scene where the Guilty Remnant leaves their home to interrupt the town’s Heroes Day parade. Then on the publishing side, you have 10 writers that contributed to that song. “‘1-800 Suicide’ by Gravediggaz is one of my favorites. Here’s how Richardson explained this process: “Take a hip-hop song that has a sample and a side artist, like Jay Z featuring Kanye West. However, one of the big things that stands out on the HBO drama, which ends Sunday, is its amazing soundtrack. “Unless you have a very unusual song, which we try to find, you can’t make a song do things that songs don’t do. James Blake’s “Retrograde” set the tone for the rest of the series

Before joining The Leftovers, Richardson had tried to use Blake’s moody 2013 ballad a few times, including on Fox’s The Following. In one episode, the show could use three different versions of A-Ha’s “Take On Me” and in another, you could hear excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera Nabucco. Show Full Article There’s much to love about The Leftovers. There’s an air of unpredictability to the music, which feels very apropos for Damon Lindelof’s unpredictable drama. A lot of time when you have a lot of layers and emotional beats that you need to hit or changes that happen quickly — an emotional change or right turn — a song is never going to work. Richardson says using series composer Max Richter’s score instead of licensing a new song is often more preferable because the score is much more malleable than an existing song. Then they have a sample, so [you have to license] that master [too]. It’s not going to give you the underscore that you need and that’s why you need a composer to underscore those moments, those beats.”
Richardson literally “went to the ends of the earth” for a season 3 song

Richardson encountered a few obstacles clearing “Rocking,” a 100-year-old Czech carol sung by Australian Children’s Choir, for season 3’s “Crazy Whitefella Thinking.” The version of the song that was used in the episode — which can be heard as Kevin Garvey Sr. (Scott Glenn) wanders the Australian Outback near death due to a snake bite — was released in 1982, but Richardson had trouble figuring out whether or not it was in the public domain or if it had to be licensed. Unfortunately, the record label didn’t know either. The direction. Even though she finished working on the show almost a year ago now, Richardson says a few still stand out in her mind.   Licensing the Hebrew Slaves chorus from Verdi’s Nabucco   was complicated

The Leftovers has used the nationalistic “Va pensiero, sull’ali dorate” from Verdi’s romantic opera (performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, and The London Chorus) in two episodes: first, in season 2’s iconic   “International Assassin,” and then in its sequel “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother),” which aired last Sunday. “It took months to clear that and I was giving [Lindelof] these other versions of it just to have as back-up and he didn’t want any of them. One of the main people responsible for the show’s fantastic use of music is music supervisor Liza Richardson. The catharsis it provides. “I was afraid we weren’t going to be able to clear it and it came to the very last minute,” says Richardson. I also love the Ray LaMontagne [song ‘This Love Is Over’ from episode 4]. The acting. How they decide when to license a song and when to use score

It’s a matter of experimentation and practicality. They just didn’t have the same power of this performance.”
It was so difficult to clear because they had to license not only that specific recording but also the publishing. You have the side artist and you have to license his part of the master and Jay Z’s part of the master. It makes me cry. Classical music behaves a little bit more like score, but songs usually have a verse, a chorus, a bridge…They’re structured,” she says. “The current church director remembered the name of the choir director from 1982 and was able to find his contact. We finally reached Richard Gerner who confirmed he had written the arrangement.”
She adds, “When we say we go to the ends of the earth to clear a song, we mean it.”
One of season 3’s opening credits songs makes Richardson cry

Due to budgetary restrictions, every episode of the series’   finale season featured a different piece of music in the opening credits. In her role, Richardson pitches potential songs for episodes, navigates the world of music licensing (which, given the song, can be rather complex), and, to borrow her words, “makes sure that Damon gets what he wants.”
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Ahead of The Leftovers series finale, EW had the opportunity to chat with Richardson about what goes into crafting the show’s music. So, already right there you have 14 parties that you’re licensing that one song from,” she says. The Leftovers series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. “[Pilot editor Colby Parker Jr.] wanted really weird stuff.”
The fact that the song made it into the final cut let Richardson know what was to be expected on the show. “We’re just big fans of opera,” says Richardson nonchalantly about the show’s love of the Italian composer.

Jon Hamm calls social media ‘the visual equivalent of masturbating’

Hamm told   InStyle   that Wright’s unique style is what drove him to the project. Speaking about the enduring appeal of   Mad Men, he said,   “We all want to be involved in something that takes hold of the culture and makes people sit up and say, ‘Hey, that’s interesting.’ Actually, that’s all I ever wanted. In a recent interview with InStyle, the actor explained why he’s a rare star with no social media presence. “Edgar is an original artist, and I just love his work,” he said. Since the conclusion of   Mad Men in 2015, the actor has kept a lower profile, primarily taking on off-beat supporting roles. “It’s fun, it’s adorable, but it’s the visual equivalent of masturbating — there’s no point other than immediate gratification.”
InStyle notes that Hamm does have an Instagram account, but he uses it purely to follow others and has never posted. Jon Hamm is not a fan of social media. “Whether his films are commercially successful, I don’t give a s— about.”
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The star admits that he’s more concerned with doing things that are interesting than being a movie star. Show Full Article The interview is accompanied by a video in which Hamm reveals that his signature scent is   “dream and aspirations, along with dog hair and wet clay.”
Read the full interview here. I never wanted to be a Tom Cruise type of megastar.”
He also opened up about his 2015 stint in rehab, being single, and why good art moves him. He returns to big screens this summer with a villainous turn in Edgar Wright’s   Baby Driver. “The point of life is not to put dog ears on yourself and post it online for everyone to see,” he said.

6 Wonder Woman comics to read after seeing the movie

George Pérez (writer/artist)
Decades before Rebirth, DC underwent one of its biggest-ever resets in the mid-‘80s. Wonder Woman by George Pérez, vol. Peter (artist)
Few subsequent Wonder Woman interpretations have captured the singular weirdness of the original Marston comics. Wonder Woman, vol. One of the best new origins came courtesy of writer/artist Renae De Liz, whose all-ages story evokes Wonder Woman’s world in beautiful, warm colors. The new Wonder Woman series has been one of the line’s top highlights, alternating between a present-day story about Diana struggling with her identity and reconnecting with old friends (illustrated by Liam Sharp in a dense, detailed style) and a modern retelling of her origin (illustrated by Nicola Scott in wide-eyed color). Though the film takes place during World War I, The Legend of Wonder Woman returns Diana to her original origin of World War II, and De Liz is a master at pulling off the vintage wartime aesthetic. Thankfully, DC has just started reprinting those old “Golden Age” comics in comprehensive omnibuses, perfect for interested readers to dive in. 2: Year One
Greg Rucka (writer), Liam Sharp (artist), Nicola Scott (artist)
Last year DC rebooted its line with the Rebirth initiative, starting all its superhero books over again from issue 1 with new creative teams. 1
William Moulton Marston (writer), H.G. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, an already-acclaimed blockbuster that looks set to put its titular heroine back firmly in the pop culture zeitgeist, is out in theaters now. Thankfully, Pérez’s full story is now available in several reprint volumes. Wonder Woman: The Golden Age Omnibus, vol. Like most superheroes, Wonder Woman has been reinterpreted and revised since the beginning, but revisiting the original comics can give a fascinating insight into her character. The provocative cover features Wonder Woman bound in chains, but like Marston before them, Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette only bind Diana so that she can triumphantly escape her bondage again and again. 1 most powerful superhero. Check out the list below to find out where to go after the movie. To help out Wonder Woman devotees new and old, EW assembled a list of the best comics featuring our No. Paquette’s gorgeous art makes for a truly different Themyscira, one imbued with as many futuristic science-fiction elements as Hellenistic architecture. Wonder Woman was not immune to this wave and got her own reimagining courtesy of writer-artist George Pérez. Coupled with the various new re-imaginings tied to the film’s release and the character’s 75h anniversary last year, this means new fans have plenty of further reading available at their fingertips. But Wonder Woman hasn’t always gotten the onscreen recognition she deserves, so viewers who walk out of the film with a newfound appreciation for Diana of Themyscira should be happy to know there are decades of great stories in her original format of comic books. This was the era of Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Dark Knight Returns, and John Byrne’s Superman: Man of Steel – gigantic stories that revamped DC’s classic heroes for a new age. The Legend of Wonder Woman, vol. Combined with Morrison’s trademark experimentation, it makes for a fascinating story. He used the fullest extent of his powers on Wonder Woman, revamping everything from her godly foe Ares to Themyscira itself as part of a complex, interlocking saga. A true origin story, De Liz provides background for all of Wonder Woman’s most recognizable elements, from the Lasso of Truth to the Invisible Plane. 1: The Lies & Wonder Woman, vol. Wonder Woman: Earth One
Grant Morrison (writer), Yanick Paquette (artist)
This non-canonical graphic novel was an earnest attempt to root a present-day Wonder Woman in some of Marston’s original themes. Diana’s creator imbued her with politics from the beginning, creating a radical brew of feminism, pacifism, and bondage that was unlike anything most readers had ever seen before (or since). Show Full Article All the collections included below are available at comic shops, bookstores, and digital comics retailers like Comixology. Now that both storylines are available in collected form, they make a perfect comic gateway for new Wonder Woman fans. 1: Origins
Renae De Liz (writer/artist), Ray Dillon (artist)
Last year marked Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary. Several creators seized this opportunity to retell Wonder Woman’s origin for a new age. That makes her one of DC’s longest-tenured heroes, but unfortunately, Diana’s origin and mythology are not as firmly embedded in the cultural zeitgeist as her comrades Batman and Superman. Fresh off the massive success of his work on   Crisis and The New Teen Titans, Pérez was at the top of his game as one of the best superhero comics artists in the game.

Here’s what a defiant Kathy Griffin said at her Trump news conference. (Spoiler: She’s not backing down)

[the administration is]   not nuts. This wouldn’t be happening to a guy. I’m going to be honest, he broke me.””Cut the crap. I’m the easiest target.””I think it’s weird that you guys are acting like … I’m going to make fun of him. Here are a few of the more scintillating quotes from the conference, which streamed live on Facebook. Latest updates They seem like a bunch of nut jobs.””I get what I am. This is a woman thing.””He picked me. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)If Kathy Griffin wanted people to leave her alone after the photo of her holding a decapitated head in the likeness of President Trump blew up in her face earlier this week, she did little to accomplish that at a news conference she held Friday with the help of two attorneys.Stating up front that she was extremely nervous and therefore likely to crack jokes, the 56-year-old comic talked about getting death threats, a call from the Secret Service   and losing work over her “artistic statement.” She flipped from fighting for her rights to fighting tears, and back again, as she accused the Trump family of bullying her. Do you get it? He’s a bully. It’s scary to be a citizen.”   “I wish the president would govern instead of trying to do whatever it is he’s trying to do.”And from attorney Lisa Bloom:   “It was a parody of Trump’s own sexist remarks taken to an extreme, absurdist visual.””It is Trump who should apologize … for being the most woman-hating and tyrannical president in history.”   “It is   not the job of a comic to filter everything down for an 11-year-old.” (A reference to Trump’s son Barron, 11, who apparently was traumatized by the photos.)The Times will have a longer report shortly. I’m the shiny object. “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. … Kathy Griffin, with attorney Lisa Bloom, left, speaks at a press conference Friday. I’ve dealt with older white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career. I’m a woman in a very male-dominated field.””He picked the wrong redhead.”   “I’m   going to make fun of the president, and I’m going to make fun of him more now.””I’ve had everybody turn on me, and I just want to make people laugh.””I don’t think I will have a career after this. I’m the shiny object so that nobody’s talking about his FBI investigation.””I’m not laying down for this guy. It’s a good time to be a comedian.

Kathy Griffin on Donald Trump: ‘He broke me’

Like many edgy works of artistic expression, the photo could be subject to different interpretations, and Kathy was fine with that. The band GWAR has had violent images like this for many presidents. Brown/Getty Images
The press conference held in the office of civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom began with Bloom saying Griffin was only attempting to turn Trump’s own brash insults back on him. “I don’t think I will have a career after this,” Griffin said, tearing up. You shouldn’t have to die for it. — Donald J. Sick! [If] you don’t stand up you get run over… This is America. The message is clear … make fun of the president, lose your job. Sick!”

Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. “My apology stands. He broke me.” She then added, “Trump is trying to ruin my life. Today it’s me. But Kathy never imagined that it could be misinterpreted as a threat of violence against Trump. … It was a parody of Trump’s own sexist remarks, taken to an extreme, absurdist visual. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Death threats are constant and specific. A contrite and sometimes teary-eyed Kathy Griffin held a press conference Friday to reveal she’s been bullied by the White House and has endured numerous death threats as a result of her controversial photo mocking President Donald Trump. Wearing a pussy bow blouse in a nod to his caught-on-tape bragging about grabbing women’s genitals, she held a Trump mask with fake blood coming out of its eyes. They’re all just considered bad boys. Blood coming out of her wherever.’ Kathy did not forget that disgusting remark, for which Trump never apologized.” (Trump made that comment about former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, after Kelly questioned the then-nominee about calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” among other slurs.)
“Kathy teamed up recently with a photographer to mock Trump, our Mocker in Chief,” Bloom continued. Griffin said she’s now the subject of a Secret Service investigation for a threat against the president after she was photographed holding a bloody bust of Trump — which she described as being created in minutes with a Styrofoam head covered in ketchup. “He [Trump] broke me. If I could re-do the whole thing, I would do it with a blow-up doll and no ketchup.”
When asked to describe the reason she agreed to the photo shoot, Griffin said she was thinking about how she could “get in trouble. The band Municipal Waste has an image of Trump with a bloody gunshot to his head on a band T-shirt. “During the campaign, Donald Trump said of a female reporter who had called him out on misogyny, ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. And that’s what happened to Kathy and more. “What would it look like if his own insults were turned on him? It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
Frederick M. A Marilyn Manson music video shows him beheading a Trump figure. My children, especially my 11 year old son, Barron, are having a hard time with this. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2017

Griffin has retained a criminal attorney to help with the Secret Service investigation. Of course, you have to make fun of Trump.”
But instead of getting accolades for her edgy commentary — a brand of comedy that Griffin says she has long trafficked in while touring America and performing overseas for troops — the 56-year-old comedienne and occasional TV personality says she can’t leave her home and has lost numerous gigs. Let’s give them something to talk about. For the first time in history that we are aware of, the President of the United States and his family has personally attempted to ruin a comedian.”
Bloom also spoke of a double standard against Griffin versus men who mock a president. “Sometimes you want to tell people a joke that’s out there and a little crazy,” Griffin said in front of a massive bank of reporters and cameramen in Woodland Hills, California. She had never threatened or committed an act of violence against anyone. Unlike these male artists, Kathy has apologized. I’ve been living with this my entire career.”
When asked what she thought of Anderson Cooper’s statement denouncing her photo shoot, she immediately teared up and whispered, “It hurt.” CNN fired Griffin from her annual New Year’s Eve appearances after her longtime co-host Anderson tweeted, “I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. Unlike these male artists, Kathy has endured the most powerful man in America, and his family, using their power to target her and her employers after she apologized.”

Show Full Article Five venues to date have canceled on her, including a casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after Trump tweeted, “Kathy Griffin should be ashamed of herself. Her life’s work is to make people laugh. “Many male artists have created far more disturbing imagery. “I’m sorry if you don’t agree with that but I live with it. I feel horrible. “This is a woman thing,” she said. As soon as she learned this is how it’s being viewed, she was horrified, took down the picture, asked the photographer to take it down, and as fast as possible, videoed a no-excuses, heartfelt apology. Tomorrow it could be you.”
Griffin also believes sexism is behind much of the conservative backlash. And literally begged for forgiveness.”

Bloom added, “That should be the end of it. That was never what she intended.

T.J. Miller explains why he’s leaving ‘Silicon Valley’

I have to do something where this won’t happen. And that was an interesting barometer for me to say, “The last thing that I want is for people to be like, ‘God, his character is so great, but he’s so one-note.’ [The writers] had given me a lot. I do every single medium, down to podcasting with Cash Levy (“Cashing in with T. I mean, those guys are the funniest guys working. They were open to all sorts of compromise to allow Erlich to continue to be on the show, but ultimately this just felt like an organic ending. It’s a perfect property, it’s such a f—ing weird show, and I can say a lot more with that than I can with being the funny guy on somebody else’s incredible, great satire, but somebody else’s project. I’m excited. Her favorite quote from David Bowie is — and I’m not an artist, so put “artist” in quotations marks — an artist should always be just far enough in the water that his feet are barely touching the ocean floor, and that’s where you do your best work. So [I left] for my own sanity, and for the sake of slowing down, and being more present and able to devote more time to this myriad of projects that I have going on. We’ve got some pretty heavy sh– going on right now, and the best thing I can do is stand-up comedy. Leave them wanting more. He flew into a petty rage because someone was stealing his narrow spoons, which were the only ones that could effectively navigate his Fage yogurt cups. (See: his   Mucinex commercials.)
Miller, who will perform Friday at Comedy Central’s Clusterfest festival in San Francisco, emerged from the pile of projects to explain the reasoning behind his fast-approaching goodbye, why he thinks his departure is actually good for the show, and — this one might sting a bit — why you’ll never see Erlich again. The show’s over? Erlich was starting to wear thin on me.” In classic father-son fashion, he was like, “Yeah, I was starting to get annoyed by you anyway.” [Laughs]. And that was a big part of why I said, “I’ve learned everything I can from this show. Did you feel that you had creatively plateaued playing this character — that you had said everything you wanted to say as Erlich? There is no plateau when working with [Silicon co-creator] Mike Judge. I would like to keep offering up Gorburger and letting people see a very different side of talk show guests. But I’d like to be a great stand-up comedian, and that takes an immense amount of focus and work ethic. Miller, 35, is dabbling in various genres in the film world: He recently shot roles for the big-screen thriller   Underwater and Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the sci-fi novel   Ready Player One. The other thing of it is that I didn’t get into comedy to be a television actor, and the second that I felt that there was a possibility of going on autopilot — of even phoning it in with this particular project — that’s when I say, “Okay, I gotta walk away. I chose the most unsafe, destabilizing decision that one could make. I would love to continue to be involved with it, if only because fans really do enjoy the show, and they seem to enjoy the character. Kate said, “There will be some people who feel like that there’s an arrogance to this, that there’s an element of hubris to this. I was anxious for Kate [Miller, his wife]. The industry profile of the always-animated, always-activated, never-predictable comedian has been on the rise — recent films include   Deadpool   and   Office Christmas Party   — as has his workload. He   executive produces and stars in Comedy Cental’s The Gorburger Show   as a   giant blue alien, and he’s performing stand-up across the country; his first HBO comedy special   T.J. I do every single platform. J. Miller’s Erlich proved to be an early breakout character on   Silicon Valley, lording over the proceedings — or at least, attempting to — with a buffoonish, douchey regality while spewing cutting one-liners like, “One of you is one of the least attractive people I’ve ever met and I’m not going to say which one,” and, “He’s in the garage, like a   sad bag of potting soil.” He excels at self-promotion, delusion, marijuana consumption, and grammar (“It’s hards-on”) and suffers a severe allergy to self-awareness. will not return for season 5,” read the network’s statement on May 25. MILLER: If this is a bit, I would never tell you. T.J. Because HBO is being very accommodating.” But for myself, no, not nervous. I hope Meticulously Ridiculous is both well-received and something that people feel like they can return to for laughs, like Norm Macdonald’s special was for me, and Patton Oswalt’s special was for me. In my family, we always have to ask for a counsel of the elders. Both of us are already bored with that example. And if he runs himself ragged and catches a cold, he’s also the cure. As mutual as public announcements go. Be very certain that this is what you want to do. Kate said, “Are you sure you want to do this? In comedy, you walk off-stage when the laughs are at their peak, and people go, “Wait, what? Well, now he’s in Deadpool, so he thinks he’s too big for this television show.” I’m not too big for anything. You don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s a dream come true, or at least a living, waking nightmare that was actualized. He made a high-level Silicon Valley exec painfully aware of his advanced age in a torrent of colorful ways. So know that this is going to be a real bummer for everybody that loves you on the show.” And then, of course, I tell my father before I make the definitive decision. guru Keenan Feldspar (Haley Joel Osment), which helped him to maneuver his way into the new firm started by Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) and Monica (Amanda Crew). Miller”), all the way up to being in an underwater thriller with Kristin Stewart and wanting to be the funny part of that. I am so fortunate to have Deadpool 2, How to Train Your Dragon 3, and hopefully Big Hero 7, Ex-Criminals, the movie that I had set up at Dreamworks which put me in Office Christmas Party, and Ready Player One. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”
It is a weighty loss for the just-renewed show — on a scale of 1 to 100, let’s call it a fleventy-five   — and one that has already fans pouring out bong water in his Bachmemory. I want to shepherd and help develop Gorburger. Is any part of you nervous about this decision? Because people love this character. I want you to think about that.” She also said, “Think about how much your family loves the show. I can’t allow myself to show up and give a B-plus performance on a show that is an A-plus when it comes to television.” That is a huge, huge part of it. But ultimately I just have to make more things and different things.”
I work so much. When did the thought of leaving first enter your mind? And you love this cast. He goes, “You know what? I would love to do The Emoji Movie and things like that and have the time to develop animated features. In addition, he’s co-writing an action comedy for Dreamworks titled   Ex-Criminals   (in which he’d also star) and he voices the lead character in this summer’s   The Emoji Movie as well as in 2019’s   How to Train Your Dragon 3. I’m so grateful to HBO because they offered several ways that we could make this work. There was one adage that’s never wrong. Miller’s move, while surprising,   may not come as a complete shock. I think for something to come to an organic end, even if it’s before the public wants it to happen, is so much better. Whatever transpires or transmogrifies, the boys from Pied Piper who have been reluctantly receiving his shelter and counsel — that’s Richard (Thomas Middleditch), Gilfoyle (Martin Starr), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Jared (Zach Woods) — are about to be left to their own devices, handheld and otherwise. But the moment that this character becomes grating to people, that’s going to be such a loss… In the weirdest way, it was protecting this thing that we had made — the dynamic of Richard and Erlich, and Erlich and Jian Yang — so that people would always miss it and think fondly of it, not feel like, “Well, he really jumped the shark in season 6.”
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Show Full Article I have both, but I didn’t have the time. And you love working with Mike Judge. How “mutual” was the decision? My only concern was that the fans would be upset or frustrated that this character wouldn’t be present. I love HBO, but I thought this would be that thing that would change the show in a positive way. [Laughs.] I will do it all to bring laughter to people. Also, in a weird way, it’s interesting to me to leave a show at its height. And the relationship with HBO — I mean, they did my special. “In Erlich Bachman, T.J. I have some really interesting, exciting opportunities. “The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Miller: Meticulously Ridiculous   airs June 17. Because it was a Deadpool move — an unexpected move because I get to do something different, to learn from these people — I reminded myself that I didn’t get into this game to become a successful television actor. Miller is exiting HBO’s beloved, Emmy-nominated tech comedy, with the season finale on June 25 serving as his final episode. Why are you leaving now? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: If this is just a bit, this would definitely be a good   time to tell us. And on top of that, they gave my best friend, Pete Holmes, Crashing — a show that’s autobiographical, and I get to play myself. He once yelled at a drug-dealing kid that he brought piss to a sh– fight. and totally rehabbed it so it’s no longer ranch-style. I’m the f—ing Mucinex man. And more importantly, I love the idea of [using] that time to figure out how I can diversify and offer the public more comedy while also at the same time hanging out with wife, who is my favorite person alive. I didn’t want to be on a sitcom where I made a boatload of money and then could do films but didn’t do a ton, but have a bunch of money and bought a cool house in L.A. It’s just over like that?” You leave them wanting more because you don’t ever want them to wish that there had been less….   I’m a good stand-up comedian. They really allowed Erlich to become dynamic. I think in the middle of the season, I started to think, “If there is a way…” And when I did Underwater, this Kristen Stewart-Vincent Cassel movie, it was a nice reminder because I was a stranger in a strange land — a comedian in an actor’s world and director’s world. It’s interesting to me to see how the show will grow and change with the exit of this character. In his quest to matter, he has seen his fortunes raised and razed, and they may be (temporarily?) on the upswing again: In last week’s episode, Erlich accidentally charmed his way into the good graces of V.R. Mike Judge is a prescient genius… I took a cue from my wife. Why did I do this underwater thriller? I need to be a stand-up comedian. I’m not a very good actor; that’s a really easy job. He became a sadder, darker, more ostracized or alienated character, and that gave me a lot to do. Miller will also reunite with Ryan Reynolds in   Deadpool 2. And he more frequently has said the words “pilapa” and “Jian Yang!!!”
He is   Erlich Bachman, and a few weeks from now, the notorious incubator, semi-gifted bloviator, Aviato pioneer, Pied Piper   investor, wanna-be guru, and clothes-free emperor will bid farewell to   Silicon Valley. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. As announced last month, T.J. And then the other real concern was that people would think — and some people have said this online — “Oh, okay.

How Catwoman, Supergirl, and more female heroes stacked up at the box office

Wonder Woman is opening in theaters on Friday and is expected to set records at the box office. The film, which stars Gal Gadot as the titular Amazon princess, marks the first time the iconic DC superheroine has headlined her own movie. (Gadot debuted her take on the character in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.)
But Wonder Woman isn’t the first female hero to front a film. Twenty years later, Halle Berry’s Catwoman brought in just over $82 million in ticket sales. Supergirl, starring Helen Slater, premiered in 1984 and earned only $14 million at the box office. Watch the video above, courtesy of Coinage, Time Inc.’s personal finance video company, to learn the box office figures for more female superhero films, including   Elektra,   Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more. Show Full Article