James Van Der Beek gets weird in new ‘Room 104’ trailer

Familiar faces shown are Orlando Jones (currently seen on Starz’s American Gods), Transparent‘s Amy Landecker, Mae Whitman (Parenthood), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns),   Karan Soni (Deadpool,   where he played the title character’s taxi driver, and   Safety Not Guaranteed),   Poorna Jagannathan (HBO’s The Night Of), Sarah Hay (Starz’s Flesh and Bone), and Jay Duplass. The first teaser for Mark and Jay Duplass’ new HBO show offers a chaotic glimpse into the mad, mad Room 104, an anthology series consisting of 12 half-hour episodes about the various characters that pass through a single American motel room. James Van Der Beek is one of the many actors getting weird for the Duplass brothers. In addition to the cast, the anthology series features an impressive roster of directors, including Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (co-directors of Captain Marvel),   Sarah Adina Smith (Buster’s Mal Heart starring Rami Malek), Patrick Brice (the horror film Creep), Chad Hartigan (Morris from America), and   Doug Emmett (cinematographer on The Edge of Seventeen). The CSI: Cyber actor dons tuxedo attire as he dances around the titular Room 104 while the trailer takes us through the immense and unique cast of characters. Room 104 will premiere on Friday, July 28 at 11 p.m. Watch the trailer above. Show Full Article ET on HBO. The cast is rounded out by   Hugo Armstrong, Davie-Blue, Melonie Diaz, Veronica Falcon, Adam Foster, Ellen Geer, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Ethan and Gavin Kent, Konstantin Lavysh, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Keta Meggett, Natalie Morgan, Ross Partridge, Dendrie Taylor, Tony Todd, and Will Tranfo.

Bill Maher apologizes for using racial slur during HBO show

Al Sharpton quickly criticized Maher, and it remained a top-ranked topic on Twitter on Saturday morning.Sasse   wrote Saturday that he wished he had immediately criticized Maher for using the term.12:25 p.m.: Updated with a statement from Bill MaherThis post was originally published at 8:09 a.m. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.”During Maher’s discussion with Sasse, the senator joked that he would like to have Maher visit Nebraska and work in the fields. The comedian responded by using a slur in a joke that he was a house slave.The comedian immediately waved off audience groans. “Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. Latest updates “It’s a joke,” he said on the show.Activists including the Rev. Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska, was quickly and broadly criticized after it aired on the comedian’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show Friday night.HBO said the remark was “completely inexcusable and tasteless” and the segment would not be re-aired.”Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” Maher said in a statement Saturday. Bill Maher, left, speaks with Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska during a segment of his “Real Time with Bill Maher” on June 2, 2017. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via Associated Press)Bill Maher apologized Saturday for using of a racial slur to describe himself as a house slave during a live segment for his HBO talk show.Maher’s comment during his discussion with Sen.

Bill Maher issues apology for using N-word on ‘Real Time’: ‘I regret saying it’

“Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The network’s statement came after many celebrities and activists called out the comic for saying the N-word, some saying he should be fired. Bill Maher says he’s “very sorry” for using the N-word during an interview on   Real Time Friday night. The word was offensive and I   regret saying it and am very sorry.”  
Speaking with Ben Sasse, a Republican senator from Nebraska,   who appeared on the show to promote his new book,   The Vanishing American Adult,   Maher uttered the slur while joking with Sasse about visiting his state. Show Full Article Noting how adults dressing up for Halloween is “frowned upon” there than in other areas, Maher said,   “I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” to which Sasse replied, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”
Maher responded: “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n—-.”
HBO issued a statement Saturday morning denouncing Maher’s “completely inexcusable and tasteless” use of the racial. “Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show,” Maher said in a statement obtained by EW.

‘Kevin Can Wait’ shakeup: Erinn Hayes exits CBS sitcom

Word is the sitcom, which stars James as a retired police officer with three kids, has decided to go in a different creative direction, EW has learned. On Friday, the comedy made its first big change by announcing that Leah Remini — who has recurred on the comedy as a tough detective named Vanessa Cellucci   — will become a series regular in season 2. Kevin Can Wait averaged more than 9 million viewers in its first season. Big change is coming to Kevin Can Wait on CBS. Remini played James’ wife in their long-running CBS comedy The King of Queens. TVLine was first to report the news. EW has confirmed that Erinn Hayes, who has played Kevin James’ wife Donna since the comedy launched last September, is leaving the show. Show Full Article

‘Twin Peaks’ star Kyle MacLachlan on his on-screen reunion with David Lynch

Because I’m obviously playing a character that is very different than usually what I play. EW caught up with MacLachlan at a New York City wine tasting celebrating the launch of his new rosé, Blushing Bear. And certainly within this world, within this universe and working with David, he’s certainly never had me do anything like that before. And then as soon as the scene’s over, we’re back to ourselves.”
“I’ll put [Cooper’s doppelganger] back in the box,” MacLachlan added, laughing. From   Dune   and   Blue Velvet   to   Twin Peaks   and   Fire Walk With Me,   MacLachlan and Lynch have been collaborating for decades, but for MacLachlan, playing such a sinister character opposite his longtime friend was something new. Lynch reprised his role as the thunderously loud FBI official Gordon Cole, but instead of reuniting with his old friend Agent Dale Cooper, he found himself face to face with MacLachlan as Cooper’s longhaired, murderous doppelganger. “It was written out, and then he’d demonstrate the sort of ‘oooooo,’ trying to find the right tone.”

Show Full Article He’s not David, and he’s not my director, and that’s challenging. Necessary, but challenging. (MacLachlan is a longtime wine connoisseur with his own label, Pursued by Bear, which is produced and bottled in — where else? “It was hard!” MacLachlan said. And obviously, I see that it’s David. So I had to really work myself into that place. “I didn’t want to carry him with me when I didn’t have to.”
MacLachlan also revealed that Lynch had a direct hand in one of the revival’s most memorable moments so far: Cooper’s jackpot casino spree, which finds him pulling slot machine levers and letting out a long, hilarious, “Helloo-ooo-ooo!”
“I think David might have even demonstrated that one for me,” MacLachlan said, laughing. This post contains spoilers for episodes three and four of the Twin Peaks revival. We have the David and Kyle relationship, but then we have the Cooper and Cole relationship, and then we have this now. So far, the Twin Peaks revival has included plenty of memorable moments —   we see you, Michael Cera — but one of the most welcome reunions was Part Four’s on-screen confrontation between Kyle MacLachlan and director David Lynch. — Washington.) Before the next Twin Peaks installment airs Sunday on Showtime — an episode MacLachlan says he’ll be watching for the first time at home along with everyone else —   he spoke to EW about his big on-screen reunion with Lynch. “It was challenging.

Joss Whedon, Ava DuVernay, more directors praise ‘Wonder Woman’

“I believe in LOVE & #WonderWoman @PattyJenks killed it,” Banks added. He’d go on to tackle The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron for Marvel. Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, and Danny Huston also star. — Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) May 30, 2017

Fun fact: @PattyJenks beat me out of directing The Killing pilot on AMC. I was angry until I saw the pilot, then I was like, ‘yeah, okay.’”

Congrats to @PattyJenks – cannot wait to see this. “Her direction of the pilot for The Killing was one of the best episodes of tv ever,” he wrote. pic.twitter.com/cVOj3uP7Tr
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) May 30, 2017

Is the DC vs Marvel thing for real? Night Shyamalan (Split) echoed that sentiment as a “big fan” of Jenkins. That’s not #WonderWoman,” the Guardians of the Galaxy director added. pic.twitter.com/UWPd0aNS4a
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 3, 2017

Adding to the praise are Max Landis (directing the upcoming American Werewolf in London remake) and Elizabeth Banks (who helmed Pitch Perfect 2 and will tackle Charlie’s Angels). I mean, I made Doctor Strange and I swear I've never seen it. ❤️
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 3, 2017

I'll save the wrestling type rivalries for filmmakers who make empty, lazy, soulless films. I was angry until I saw the pilot, then I was like, "yeah, okay."
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) May 30, 2017

M. https://t.co/tKleeaqDxG
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 3, 2017

Ava DuVernay of A Wrinkle In Time and the Netflix documentary 13th wrote how Jenkins is “breaking the box office and making herstory,” calling the film “a triumph.”

Director @PattyJenks is breaking the box office and making herstory! pic.twitter.com/PHWQWxcIwN
— Joss Whedon (@joss) June 2, 2017

James Gunn, another face from the Marvel world, tweeted, “Many congrats to @PattyJenks and her awesome Wonder Woman on what looks to be an over 100 million opening weekend!” Earning an A Cinemascore from audiences,   Wonder Woman took in $11 million from Thursday night pre-shows and an estimated $38.9 million on Friday, putting it on track for an impressive Sunday finish. WONDER WOMAN in theaters now! Brava! based on a script he wrote, but the project never got off the ground. 🔥🥊💥#NoMansLand is my everything. That's not #WonderWoman. — M. “There’s already been a man-only screening.”

I got to see Wonder Woman by myself weeks ago so shut up there's already been a man-only screening. Am so excited to see @PattyJenks #WONDERWOMEN. Many congrats to @PattyJenks and her awesome Wonder Woman on what looks to be an over 100 million opening weekend! “Fun fact: @PattyJenks beat me out of directing The Killing pilot on AMC. “Is the DC vs Marvel thing for real? “I’ll save the wrestling type rivalries for filmmakers who make empty, lazy, soulless films. — Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) June 3, 2017

I believe in LOVE & #WONDERWOMAN @PattyJenks killed it. Big fan. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson congratulated Jenkins for the film’s notable Rotten Tomatoes score earlier in the week. “Once Wonder Woman’s engine gets running, it’s easily the best superhero movie since [Captain America: The] Winter Soldier,” Landis tweeted. “Shut up,” Whedon tweeted. cc: @WonderWomanFilm
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) June 3, 2017

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the titular heroine as she departs her idyllic island of Themyscira to save humanity from the horrors of World War I. He also took on critics of the women-only screenings set up by Alamo Drafthouse theaters in Austin and New York. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) June 1, 2017

Wonder Woman is now playing in theaters. I mean, I made Doctor Strange and I swear I’ve never seen it,” he tweeted. Whedon returned the love to Jenkins, who remarked in April how “excited” she is for his take on Batgirl. Oh and it's a godddamn delight. Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins is getting shoutouts from some of her peers as the DC film continues its stellar opening weekend in theaters. Joss Whedon, who’s writing and directing   Batgirl, called Wonder Woman “a goddamn delight.” In 2006, the filmmaker tried to make the   movie for Warner Bros. Her direction of the pilot for The Killing was one of the best episodes on tv ever. Once Wonder Woman's engine gets running, it's easily the best superhero movie since Winter Soldier. A triumph! Show Full Article

Spider-Man webs Scorpion in clip from Disney XD’s animated series

“The simple title reflects a back-to-basics approach – the story of an ordinary teen, Peter Parker, who suddenly finds himself with strange new powers and overwhelming responsibility,” Cort Lane, SVP of Marvel Animation and Family Entertainment, said. Marvel’s Spider-Man centers on “an unsure (but courageous) teen who has to figure out how to be a Super Hero from the very beginning,” according to the official logline. Spider-Man knows all too well the woes that come with being a commuter in NYC, as we see in a new clip from Disney XD’s upcoming animated series, premiering this summer. Watch the sneak peek above. Marvel/Disney XD
Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada, and Jeph Loeb executive produce the new series alongside co-executive producers Stan “The Man” Lee, Eric Radomski, Stephen Wacker, and Lane. Much like Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, this wall-crawler dons a homemade suit as he takes on a classic Spidey villain, Scorpion. “And thanks to Story Editor Kevin Shinick and Supervising Director Philip Pignotti it’s just filled with heart and humor.”
Disney XD also webbed up a new poster, focusing on Peter’s double life, to go along with the footage. Show Full Article Our hero draws the “wrecking ball” away from civilians and into the subway, where he faces a challenge met by every subway passenger in the city: faulty swipes at the turnstile.

Bill Maher draws outrage for using N-word on ‘Real Time’

But free speech comes with a responsibility to speak up when folks use that word. He laughed about how adults dressing up for Halloween is “frowned upon” more in his state. And, I mean, who really wants that shit? I’m a 1st Amendment absolutist. Don't use it.” https://t.co/kEZm5vPFHK
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017

Reps for HBO and Maher did not immediately reply to EW’s request for comment. So hurtful. — Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017

2. Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright commented on the situation, followed by comedian Michael Ian Black. But free speech comes with a responsibility to speak up when folks use that word. Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. “1. Hi, I'm black twitter." pic.twitter.com/0fKXgFRSZO
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 3, 2017

When even house niggership is appropriated, there's pretty much nothing left. @billmaher is a racist and bigot. Bill Maher is in the middle of a PR firestorm after the comedian used the N-word during an interview on HBO’s Real Time Friday night. — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) June 3, 2017

Other users called for Maher’s firing. The joke Maher was trying to make drew instant ire. It’s therefore an attack on the American Creed. And, I mean, who really wants that s—?” Wright tweeted. — Solomon Georgio (@solomongeorgio) June 3, 2017

Me after watching that clip of Bill Maher pic.twitter.com/y099nvBsp0
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) June 3, 2017

Unacceptable. . WARNING: This story contains offensive language. And the audience applauds!?! When Maher said,   “I’ve got to get to Nebraska more,” his guest replied, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.”
Maher responded, “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n—–.” While the interview was not posted to HBO’s official YouTube or social media channels, a clip of the controversial comment was captured by online users. Show Full Article "'House nigger,' eh, Bill Maher? 2. 3. Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska appeared as a guest to promote his book   The Vanishing American Adult. Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment: ‘Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word?…The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity. Me just cringing last night wasn’t good enough. Don’t use it.’”

Am walking off a redeye from LAX.3 reflections on @billmaher1. — Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 3, 2017

Today is the day Bill Maher became president. Comedians get latitude to cross hard lines. I’m a 1st Amendment absolutist. “When even house n—–ship is appropriated, there’s pretty much nothing left. Me just cringing last night wasn’t good enough.(2of4?) https://t.co/e4Bw8s8tV2
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017

3. https://t.co/V5yAk9C9ON
— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) June 3, 2017

Sasse did not speak out about the comment at the time of the interview, though he addressed the interview later on social media. “Am walking off a redeye from LAX. 3 reflections on @billmaher,” he wrote in a series of tweets. Here’s what I wish I’d been quick enough to say in the moment: “Hold up, why would you think it’s OK to use that word?…(3of4?) https://t.co/mQL6wMEd7W
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 3, 2017

(4of4)"…The history of the n-word is an attack on universal human dignity. @HBO must fire him this is not acceptable https://t.co/nlmFcDoWAk
— Ahmed Bedier (@bedier) June 3, 2017

Racist Bill Maher must be fired and @BenSasse must be held accountable for his endorsement of the n-word
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 3, 2017

the only shocking thing about Bill Maher saying the n word on air is that he hasn't done it before now
— Sarah Jones (@onesarahjones) June 3, 2017

Maybe don't be the white guy that tries to explain why it was okay for Bill Maher to say the n-word.

‘House of Cards’ review: Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright infuse ‘wicked fun’ into season 5

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Show Full Article The whole point of the story seems to be about capturing our imagination for more story. Frank is now so innately meta, he doesn’t need to make asides to the camera to generate winky effects. There’s a dynamite scene when these cornered, weather-beaten scorpions vow to apply all of their seductive, stinging powers to swipe victory from the jaws of seemingly certain defeat, and more, keep American “one nation Underwood” (wah-wah!) for the next 14 years and occupy the White House for the rest of their lives. Whether Frank is railing against enemies who dare to investigate his undeniable murk, or pushing along a conspiracy to steal an election by manipulating fears of terrorism or executing voter suppression schemes, Spacey seems invigorated by the material, and perhaps, our moment. Its spiritual portrait of Ugly Americanism reminds me of The Young Pope, and how I’d love to see those programs do a crossover episode.) If season 5 resonates, it’s because our world has bent toward the show’s fiction, not versa. You know you wanted this, it says, and now you have it. The season keeps finding ways – a visual; a plot – to suggest Claire and Frank are one and the same or becoming so; this is their Persona year. That’s part of Frank’s wish-fulfillment pleasure, then and now. Sure, go look for Trump in House of Cards. Together, Spacey and Wright power a microwave year of House of Cards that reheats our interest for the franchise. Where once Frank offered catharsis for gridlock government – he may have been despicable, but dude got stuff done – now he assuages our yearning for mere dysfunctional functionality. The middle-aged, establishment Underwoods – dark side incarnations of that same striving as well as an embodiment of The Man – sneer back as those punk burrs: Go ahead, take your shot. (We remember that that House of Cards is engineered to be an international product. He’s certainly buffed and honed Frank to a shine while grounding it, scuffing it, by playing to mortality and age. Now, more than ever, House of Cards takes place in its own generic-mythic America and within its increasingly unique alt-history, and sands off the political ideologies of its characters to focus on the timeless, accessible themes of power. Yet Frank is much too competent to be a Doppelgänger Trump. Claire’s been stealing this thing for a while now, and her arc this season basically converts this perception into literal plot, culminating with game-changers that expand the thematic possibilities. His extracurricular work as an E-Trade spokesman actually enhances his impish performance. He’s transcended the gimmick — Trumped it, if you will. Trump wishes he was Frank. So Richard Hatch. As Claire Underwood, Frank’s model-perfect femme fatale first lady, Robin Wright is equally possessed and slow burns her way through the season toward going full diabolique and flaming on with enlightened Frankness. Actor and part are now blurring, turning House of Cards into a political satire that can be seen as an allegory for other shady American cultures and degrading powers. You’ll see him if you squint and especially if your worldview is as steel blue as the David Fincher-minted visual tint. It’s a funny-chilly thought that amuses and discomfits: you want what they want because they’re so damn entertaining, but you feel terrible because of the evil they represent. Frank is his metaphysical, Platonic ideal. They’re Bizarro versions of Hamilton’s future makers and culture changers singing of being young, scrappy, and hungry. Kevin Spacey charges into the fifth season of House of Cards acting like Frank Underwood’s darkly comic knuckle-rapping ruthlessness isn’t a tired joke, that the spectacle of a transparently corrupt president striving for power by any sinister means necessary — making a mockery of truth, justice, and America in the process — might mean something. And if House of Cards trolls anyone, it trolls those of us who view Washington drama as guilty pleasure reality TV or an anti-hero crime serial with some hideous male you love to hate. He’s an All-Star Survivor, but a gray one.

‘Raven’s Home’ trailer introduces Raven and Chelsea’s kids

Show Full Article A premiere date has not yet been announced for Raven’s Home. Disney Channel has released a trailer for   Raven’s Home, the upcoming Disney Channel spin-off that will debut later this summer. The series will focus on Raven’s son Booker (Isaac Brown, Black-ish) — one of the three kids in the household including his twin sister Nia (Navia Robinson, Being Mary Jane)   and Chelsea’s son Levi (Jason Maybaum, Superstore) — as it turns out he’s inherited his mother’s knack for seeing the future. Looks like fans will be the ones getting a glimpse of the future for a change! That’s So Raven originally aired from 2003 to 2007. They’ll be joined by Nia’s friend, Tess (Sky Katz). The show will catch up with Raven and her best friend Chelsea, both of whom are divorced and living together as they help each other raise their respective kids. And as the trailer above reveals, not only are   Raven-Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol reprising their roles, but it appears age has not put a damper on either woman.

Fox News hosts upset ‘Wonder Woman’ isn’t American enough

Fox News might need to check Wonder Woman’s birth certificate. Wonder Woman has scored a hero’s welcome from critics, considering at one point, it boasted a record-tying 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. (The film’s heroine is actually a fictional Amazonian warrior princess.)
“I think, nowadays, sadly, money trumps patriotism,” said guest Dion Baia during Friday’s episode of Your World with Neil Cavuto. “Especially, recently, I personally feel like we’re not really very patriotic, the country, in a certain sense. Jokingly (maybe), Gunzelman signed off by promoting a film that was a massive box office disappointment and scored a 20 percent on Rotten Tomatoes: “Just go see Baywatch.”

Warner Bros., which produces the film, had no comment. Fox News did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment. Cavuto insisted Captain America’s patriotism has been toned down for foreign appeal. Show Full Article “I think the Hollywood aspect, we see this time and time again, it’s cool to hate America these days,” said Mike Gunzelman. They want these movies to succeed internationally, so they’re going to dial back.”
The commentators pointed to the movie’s updated look for Wonder Woman, played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot; her costume is red, white, and gold instead of red, white, and blue, as depicted in the original DC comics. Wonder Woman, which also stars Chris Pine and Robin Wright, is now in theaters. Yet, Patty Jenkins’ comic adaptation has found a few detractors at Fox News, who are criticizing what they deem to be a lack of American patriotism.