Where are my stories? James Comey’s testimony will preempt network programming Thursday

(Susan Walsh / Associated Press)Regular viewers of daytime talk shows and “The Price Is Right” alike will find their Thursday schedules disrupted as ABC, CBS and NBC carry James Comey’s   appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee live when it begins at 7   a.m. PDT.ABC’s coverage will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos, while CBS will lean on   “CBS This Morning” hosts Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell, as well as “Face the Nation” anchor John Dickerson and chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford. On NBC, chief legal correspondent Savannah Guthrie,   Lester Holt and Chuck Todd will anchor coverage.The former FBI director’s testimony has sparked incredible intrigue, with viewers wanting to know whether President Trump attempted to apply undue influence over the FBI investigation into Russia and the 2016 election.In a prepared statement given to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, Comey   said that the president told him, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”In reaction to Comey’s statement, Marc Kasowitz, the president’s attorney, released a missive Wednesday afternoon saying that Trump was pleased that Comey had publicly confirmed “that the President was not under investigation in any Russian probe.””The President feels completely and totally vindicated,” he continued. “[The President]   is eager to continue to move forward with his agenda.” Latest updates

‘I was frozen’: Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand’s dramatic day in court

(Matt Rourke / Associated Press)In the nearly three years since women began stepping forward en masse to accuse   Bill Cosby   of sexual assault, none ever achieved what most abuse victims wish for: a day in court.No longer.Andrea Constand   took the witness stand at the Cosby trial Tuesday and faced off against her alleged attacker in a dramatic moment that has long been called for by survivors of sexual violence.“There, wearing a dark-colored coat, brown tie and white shirt,” Constand said, gesturing, when asked to point out the entertainer who is accused of violating her at his Philadelphia-area mansion. He glanced down quickly at his clothing, then sat stoically.Read more Latest updates Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom Tuesday during Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

Comey’s opening statement draws mixed reactions on Twitter

Did you like his revival of A Lie of the Mind? Buckle-up America. — (((Joshua Malina))) (@JoshMalina) June 7, 2017

This isn't even the most damning bit of Comey's statement on Trump.That sound you hear is the House Of Cards writers giving up. Trying to find something of substance in Comey’s opening statement like pic.twitter.com/igLC4JPREg
— GOP (@GOP) June 7, 2017

So you appreciate Ethan Hawke's work. NYT seems to consistently attempt to spin for the Trump administration. New York Times writer Dave Itzkoff responded, “So you appreciate Ethan Hawke’s work. Many prominent figures addressed the statement, including pundit Ana Navarro, who compared the statement to a Tom Clancy novel, and media personality Keith Olbermann, who pointed out that Comey’s testimony includes Trump discussing Russian prostitutes.”   Actor David Schneider wrote, “That sound you hear is the   House of Cards   writers giving up,” while   Scandal   actor Josh Malina parroted Trump’s statements from last week regarding the Paris Agreement, writing, “I was elected to obstruct Pittsburgh, not justice.”
The Republican   Party, meanwhile, posted a GIF of   Ethan Hawke looking through a telescope in a scene from the 2016 film   Valley of Violence. Ride about to get bumpy. pic.twitter.com/wvnI4donvo
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) June 7, 2017

Ew. https://t.co/tRQ8pJPPct
— Tracie Thoms (@traciethoms) June 7, 2017

Interesting that authoritarians never recognise the difference between loyalty to persons and loyalty to principles, like the Rule of Law
— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) June 7, 2017

Show Full Article In advance of his planned testimony on Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey’s   opening statement was released on the Senate Intelligence Committee website on Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/oAm84gOie5
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) June 7, 2017

I was elected to obstruct Pittsburgh, not justice. https://t.co/5wEFor9zNN
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) June 7, 2017

Comey opening statement for tmrw's hrng, reads like a Tom Clancy novel. Some seized on his comments as a sign that his testimony will allege President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice, while others cautioned against jumping to such conclusions. Look OVER there!FLaaarbUUUUnge!!!Also…MAGA! https://t.co/R4zdffDydz
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) June 7, 2017

Not only will Comey testify Trump said "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" but also, Trump brought up #RussianHookers https://t.co/MASsFJARhA pic.twitter.com/IJyI5XxzBM
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 7, 2017

The different in framing here is remarkable. “Trying to find something of substance in Comey’s opening statement like,” read the GOP’s caption. Did you like his revival of A Lie of the Mind?”
See more Twitter reactions below.

Creed duo Michael B. Jordan and Ryan Coogler reteam for school cheating drama

Black Panther comic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will pen the adaptation of a New Yorker article about Atlanta’s massive standardized test cheating scandal. Show Full Article To keep his school from being closed, Lewis was part of an effort to cheat the scores. Watch out, Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese, because Michael B. The Fruitvale Station, Creed, and Black Panther duo are set to reteam for the true story dramatic thriller   Wrong Answer, EW has confirmed. In 2013, Coogler made his feature debut with the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner Fruitvale Station. Jordan will star as Damany Lewis, a real-life middle school math teacher who realized his underprivileged students wouldn’t be able to reach the goals set by the No Child Left Behind Act. Next up is the highly-anticipated Black Panther, which lands in theaters on Feb. The film from New Regency and Plan B marks the fourth film directed by Coogler — all starring Jordan. He followed the indie hit with Creed, the seventh installment of the Rocky series. Deadline first reported the news. 16. Jordan and Ryan Coogler are back together again. In the end, 11 teachers were convicted of racketeering.

How to watch James Comey’s Senate testimony

presidential election. Show Full Article The 15-member group will question the former FBI director, who President Trump fired last month, about his   private   conversations with the president earlier this year regarding his   agency’s investigation into   possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian forces tampering with the 2016 U.S. Not around a TV? ET and will be broadcast on several platforms and channels. Twitter will also stream the testimony in collaboration with Bloomberg News. The public section of his testimony will start off with Comey’s prepared statement at 10 a.m. Media outlets are lining up down the National Mall to prepare for Thursday’s broadcast of James Comey’s testimony in a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing. Head to   NBCNews.com, CBSN.com, CNN.com,   YouTube, or   RollingStone.com   for a livestream from the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Below,   find all the   ways you can follow along. Network and cable
In what could be a historic public testimony, there will be blanket coverage by most network and cable outlets, including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and C-SPAN.

Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, more celebs join forces for mega-commencement speech

“Look to the person on your left,” says Cranston. (A prime time edition of Kimmel’s Game Night airs earlier in the evening.) But if you want to graduate early, click on the video to see a preview of some stars pontificating in all of their robed glory. One of you will be dead by the end of my speech.”
Always heed the words of the one who knocks. Fact: Celebrities love giving a commencement speech. Also fact: There are only so many celebrities who are able to come to your college, which is not conveniently located nor does it have a private helipad. “Now look to the person on your right. RELATED:   21 of the Most Memorable Celebrity Commencement   Speeches
You can see the full “speech” Wednesday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which airs at 11:35 p.m. A-list event. It’s that time of year when videos of celebrities delivering words of wisdom in academic gowns are cluttering your feeds. on ABC. So Jimmy Kimmel recruited some big Hollywood names — Rob Lowe, Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Bob Odenkirk, Wanda Sykes, Bryan Cranston, Sarah Silverman, Anthony Anderson, and Jack Black — to join forces and offer up a catch-all monologue that can serve as any school’s look-at-who-we got-to-tell-us-how-to-live-our-lives! Show Full Article

La Borinqueña is spotlighting Puerto Rico’s social problems one issue at a time

Given that I self-published my own comic book, I wrote from a position of brown privilege. He apologized for the delay on the cover artwork and shared that his eyesight was worsening and that he’d be going in for another surgery to care for his glaucoma. The organizers asked if I could help them book George as well. Show Full Article You also celebrate Marisol’s Afro-Latina heritage. Also, as a young writer, I challenged myself to write a superhero story that didn’t have a traditional villain. He finally sent to me the artwork and I teared up when I saw it. This, in particular, is highlighted by a variant cover (below) that the second issue will be printed with, created by Nik Virella (All-New Wolverine). However, this one has a lot more ¡sabor! Given the direction his health has taken, he has publicly said that he will most likely not be drawing for some time. Presently they owe $120 billion of debt and pension obligations and are currently in bankruptcy court. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What were some of your inspirations or influences when creating this character? It’ll take all of us to help raise awareness, get involved, and make a difference in the lives of these Americans.”
La Borinqueña   has already been featured in the New York City Puerto Rican Day Parade and is now the recipient of her own mural in the South Bronx (which you can see below). When I followed up with George to show him the final cover colored by Juan Fernandez, I learned that his health took a turn for the worst, he had just had a heart attack. In real life, no one is truly black or white, we all exist as shades of gray. Will she be going up against a more traditional villain? This cover, therefore, may be one of the last published pieces that he created, which makes it all the more important for me. As a territory of the United States, Puerto Rico does not have the same rights that it would have as a state nor as an independent nation. One-hundred eighty-four public schools closed in June, displacing 27,000 students. I had been introduced to him by my good friend Phil Jimenez (New X-Men, The   Invisibles) many years ago and he and I had stayed connected via social media. Colgate University had four courses this semester teach the comic book. So she will then learn what impact her powers will not only have on her people but the world in the next issue. She’s discovering her powers, but she is also discovering her identity and her role as a hero. “Puerto Rico is facing a humanitarian crisis now, and it’ll take more than a superhero to save the day. When we were both in Puerto Rico, I gave him a copy of La Borinqueña. EDGARDO MIRANDA-RODRIGUEZ:   I have a background as a social activist in New York City. As she is learning about herself and her powers, she is also learning about the unique relationship that Puerto Rico has with the U.S. We kept in touch over the next few months after our trip to Puerto Rico. Was there something, in particular, you really wanted to incorporate or focus on? When I learned that George Perez was Puerto Rican and that he also grew up in the South Bronx, like me, I knew that I could accomplish my dreams one day of being a storyteller. One day after breakfast at the hotel we were staying at, he told me how much he loved   La Borinqueña’s costume design. Mainstream media oftentimes portrays Latinx with one homogenous brown complexion. Puerto Rico has a new superhero   — and she’s about to return for her next adventure. Was that always a part of her character or is that something that came along in her development process? Hospitals are closing and leaving many with reduced health care. RELATED:   The 7 Highest-Grossing Comic Book Movies of All Time

But it isn’t just Marisol’s origin story   — both on and off the page   — that makes her so special. I turned to classic superhero imagery like a cape, costume, and patriotism to design and develop my character and decided to write the story from the perspective of a student. I grew up reading The Avengers   and   The New Teen Titans. One of these issues, which I incorporated into my story, was the dumping of toxic ashes in the small town of Peñuelas. So   I approached George with the invitation from Puerto Rico and he gladly accepted it. Most of us leave home to college without a specific political ideology and our minds are introduced to new concepts in classrooms and interactions with students. I was beyond honored. And the comic hasn’t   just received a positive response from Puerto Ricans alone. Marisol Rios De La Luz is   La Borinqueña, the original   superhero starring in a comic book of the same name, created by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Guardians of the Galaxy). What’s in store for Marisol in the next issue? When some of us travel abroad, our perspective expands and we see the world and ourselves differently. He shared with me that this event was his first trip ever to Puerto Rico as a professional comic book artist. He created a cover for my book that gave it a classic feel. The comic is quite deliberately bilingual. He loved that it wasn’t asymmetrical. Somos Arte
La Borinqueña not only celebrates and features Puerto Rico’s culture, but it also focuses on environmental issues. I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where I first moved after college to work as a community organizer at El Puente, a community youth, arts, and center dedicated to social and environmental justice work. How did you decide that was something you wanted to do instead of having an all-Spanish and all-English version? “Her origin   story taps into mythology from the Tainos, the indigenous people of the island,” explains Miranda-Rodriguez of the Marisol, who is AfroLatinx, an often underrepresented sector of the larger ethnic group. As a person of color, we enjoy stories and see ourselves in characters who mostly never look like us, so it’s very inspiring when so many people who aren’t Puerto Rican relate to Marisol because her story is that of a young woman finding herself and her place in the world, which is fundamentally a universal narrative. I also wanted to use my comic book to show our Africaness not only via Marisol’s complexion but via our music when she is dancing Bomba y Plena. Marvel), among others. To not only see themselves as her but to care and worry for her. My family is Taino, African, European, Asian, and more. Somos Arte
What does   it mean to you to have George Perez (Wonder Woman) do this next cover for the comic? Superheroes with superhuman strength and abilities in the real world would be categorized as weapons of mass destruction. “As a hero, her name is derived from what the Tainos called their home, Borikén, also the name of the current national anthem ‘La Borinqueña,’ which means ‘the Puerto Rican woman.’”
Making the comic’s creation even more special is the fact Miranda-Rodriguez has recruited a whole roster of Puerto Rican artists to help him realize Marisol’s story, including   Rags Morales (Wonder Woman), Mike Hawthorne (Queen and Country), Elliot Fernandez (Harley Quinn and Power Girl), and colorist Chris Sotomayor (Ms. EW spoke to Miranda-Rodriguez about Perez’s upcoming cover, and what readers can expect next. I sold thousands of copies of the first printing in a month and am almost sold out of the second one. What I love about being Puerto Rican is how diverse we are. So I have always been aware of social issues affecting my homeland, Puerto Rico. Upon learning the gravity and effects of the current debt crisis, it occurred to me that perhaps via a comic book I could help raise awareness to a larger audience about this real humanitarian issue affecting the over 3.5 million Americans living in Puerto Rico. This year marks the 100th   anniversary of the Jones-Shafroth Act, which gave Puerto Ricans their American citizenship without representation in the U.S. In 2016 I was booked for my first appearance as a guest at a comic con for Puerto Rico’s Aguada Comic Fest. The series, which starts accepting preorders for its second issue on Wednesday, tells the story of the Brooklyn-based Columbia University student coming into her powers, and her journey to become a hero during her semester abroad in Puerto Rico. As a Puerto Rican or Boricua, I am part of an ethnic group that comprises many different races. Marisol’s mother is white, her father is black, and that is what makes Puerto Ricans who we are. My life, my neighborhood, my city, and my Puerto Rico are bilingual. We celebrate our diversity in our family. He then asked if I would consider accepting a cover from him for my second issue. La Borinqueña #2 is currently available for preorder here. Therefore, millennials and younger speak fluent English. Currently, El Puente has expanded their work to Puerto Rico to help raise awareness on the various environmental issues affecting the island and its people. I wanted readers to fall in love with Marisol. Given the polarizing political debates in Puerto Rico, especially with the [upcoming] referendum on its political status, I wanted Marisol to see her people, her island, and herself for the first time. Thirty-seven million Americans, and 400 million people in the world, speak Spanish. In La Borinqueña, you’ll find a racially diverse cast that is Latinx. government. It’s also her adventures, many of which see her learn more about her Puerto Rican heritage and about some of the social and environmental issues the island is dealing with. He was so proud and happy. But that isn’t the only honor the superhero has coming her way: the second issue will feature a cover by none other than Wonder Woman artist George Perez, which EW can exclusively reveal below. “This cover shows the nocturnal side of the tropical rainforest of El Yunque, which allows me to highlight its biodiversity and remind people of the beauty of this island and my people,” explains Miranda-Rodriguez. This work put me in touch with other activist groups on the island like Vive Borikén, who have made me aware of Playuelas, the stretch of coastline that activists are fighting to have turned into a natural reserve instead of a hotel on the 121 acres of land, an effort that is very much like that of the Northeast Ecological Corridor Nature Reserve that is now protected and an important nesting site for the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle. Somos Arte
What has the reception to the comic been like? I’ve been on a national tour meeting with beautifully diverse readers and   La Borinqueña   has   been received incredibly well. I felt like I finally made it! Much of my social justice work focused on cultural awareness and advocacy and I was mentored in turn by many inspiring and powerful women who helped shape me to become the man I am today. Living in the United States I’ve learned that English is not our official language. He wouldn’t accept a fee for the cover either. In 1993 both Spanish and English became official languages in Puerto Rico, with English taught as a compulsory subject and second language at all levels. Many of the cultural institutions, like the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and universities I’ve spoken at represent a very diverse audience consisting of Asian, African-American, LGBTQ, white fans. Fans, especially women, are thanking me at events and on social media for creating a hero that looks like them, from her hair to her complexion. What led you to incorporate that into the comic?

Black Mirror actress lands first new Ant-Man sequel role

“We’re going to take the second movie into some very unexpected directions.”
Ant-Man and the Wasp is released July 6, 2017. All three are returning for Ant-Man and the Wasp, in which it is expected that Lilly’s character will adopt the latter alter-ego that’s name-checked in the title. Ant-Man and the Wasp is the sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, which starred Paul Rudd as the thief-turned-superhero Scott Lang, Michael Douglas as scientist Hank Pym, and Evangeline Lilly as Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne. Show Full Article The British actress’s previous credits include the TV shows Misfits and Black Mirror. “I think we’ve established these characters and, as a moviegoer, I really want to see that happens to these characters,” said the filmmaker. In 2015, Ant-Man director Peyton Reed told EW that he intended to take the sequel in unexpected directions. Samir Hussein/WireImage
News of   John-Kamen’s casting was first reported by   Variety. EW has learned that Hannah John-Kamen has joined the cast of Marvel superhero sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp in an unknown role.

Batman proposes to Catwoman in new comic

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“I was like, everyone’s always introducing something evil to Gotham. Now they’ve gotten over that, and after a thoughtful conversation with his new protegé Gotham Girl, Batman decides to propose to his longtime frenemy… with the diamond Catwoman was trying to steal during their first encounter. Intrigued viewers will have to wait some time to find out what happens next, as the next few issues of   Batman will chronicle   “The War of Jokes and Riddles,” a flashback to a previous conflict between the Riddler and the Joker. Batman has beaten Bane, outsmarted the Riddler, and faced down Darkseid himself… but can he handle a good thing in his life? Sure, he has friends like Commissioner Gordon, comrades like Superman, family like his son Damian. But the Batman   #24 story is titled “Every Epilogue Is a Prelude,” hinting at the notion that everything in King and Finch’s story is connected. He sees that these characters might be better than him, in a good way. It’s something King and Finch have been leading toward ever since they took over the book with last year’s   DC Rebirth   initiative. Show Full Article Although he has a son with Talia al Ghul and a long list of previous paramours, Batman has never gone in for marriage before. Earlier this year, a two-part story called “Rooftops” featured Batman and Catwoman spending a romantic night together and confessing their love, only to be pulled apart by Catwoman’s legal troubles. But in a new   Batman   comic out this week, the Dark Knight tries his hand at forging a connection unlike any he’s ever had. I’ll hit him with something good and see how that changes him or morphs him,” King told EW back in March. “I wanted to bring Batman a challenge that he couldn’t defeat the way he normally defeats challenges. Batman #24, written by Tom King and illustrated by David Finch and Clay Mann, ends with Batman asking Catwoman to marry him. She is certainly surprised, but it’s of a piece with what Batman has undergone in King’s run so far. He sees a chance for them to succeed in ways he could never succeed.”
King was talking specifically about Batman dealing with the arrival of Gotham and Gotham Girl, two new and apparently well-meaning superheroes, but it also applies to his run in general. Batman has always been a loner.

Controversial Blue Is the Warmest Color director selling off his Palme d’Or to pay for new film

Both said they’d never work with Kechiche again,   leading him to write a scathing op-ed in which he accused Seydoux of slandering him during the film’s press tour. A release date for the film has not been announced. “In order to raise the necessary funds for the completion of post-production without further delays, the French production and distribution company Quat’Sous is auctioning film memorabilia related to Kechiche’s work,” a statement reads. 25, 2013, Blue Is the Warmest Color   received enthusiastic reviews and grossed $2.2 million on the specialty scene, though it failed to make the cut for the Oscars’ best foreign language film category. Kechiche’s camp did not elaborate on what proceeds from the auction will be used for, specifically. Mektoub, My Love   reportedly follows a   screenwriter, Amin, as he ventures to the Mediterranean for a summer holiday. EW has confirmed with a representative for the Tunisian director — who won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival for helming the critically lauded, sexually explicit (and controversy-laden) lesbian drama Blue Is the Warmest Color — that he   is selling the annual event’s highest honor in order to fund the completion of his next project,   Mektoub, My Love,   production on which was previously halted due to financial constraints. Academy rules state that a film must be released in its native country by late September, though Kechiche’s film didn’t bow in France until Oct. “Items to be offered range from the Palme d’Or (Cannes Film Festival 2013) to the oil paintings that played a central role in Blue Is the Warmest Color.”

Following his unprecedented splitting of the Palme d’Or with Blue actresses Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, Kechiche additionally made headlines for what his stars alleged were “horrible” conditions on set. According to a statement provided to THR, which first reported the news Wednesday, Kechiche’s work on the two-part film (which stars Lou Luttiau, Shain Boumediene and Ophelie Bau) was left “in limbo” after he revealed the picture’s financing bank,   Cofiloisirs,   abruptly blocked its line of credit. Blue might be the warmest color for Abdellatif Kechiche, but these days, the 56-year-old filmmaker is seemingly only after a little green. on Oct. Show Full Article (The Palme d’Or is typically bestowed upon a single director, though the 2013 Cannes jury — fronted by Steven Spielberg and comprised of industry professionals like Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman, Lynne Ramsay, Naomi Kawase, and Christoph Waltz — split the award between film’s trio.)
Upon its release in the U.S. 9 of that year.

Watch the exclusive trailer for intense horror-thriller Killing Ground

Warning! “They decide to stay because they’ve come a long way, and it’s a great spot, but they become increasingly uneasy when the campers fail to turn up. “I have to say that my wife (Rachel Power) is my script editor and she edited Killing Ground. You can exclusively watch the film’s trailer above. “It’s a story about a young couple who go to an isolated spot, but when they get there they find a car and a tent but no sign of the occupants,” says Power. “The funny thing is that, when I started writing the film, I didn’t have kids myself, but by the time I stepped out on set, I had kids, and we had become a family that goes camping,” says Power. We don’t camp in the middle of nowhere.”
Killing Ground will released in theaters and on demand July 21. “This is a great film to watch in a crowded theater and you know people are keen to see a movie if they are lining up in a blizzard at midnight,” says the filmmaker. [Laughs] I said to someone, ‘Is that guy alright?’ He kept watching, but he could not stay still. He just could not contain himself.”
Killing Ground stars Harriet Dyer and Ian Meadows as a couple on a camping vacation in the Australian countryside. Not that the experience of dreaming up and then making this brutal tale has put off Power from going camping himself. Then, the discovery of a child wandering in the woods is the beginning of everything going very badly.”
Very badly, in fact. We really only go camping at very populated camp sites. “But I remember one session where this guy jumped out of his seat and it looked like he was dancing in pain in the aisle. Show Full Article Watching the intense Australian horror-thriller Killing Ground   can cause an extreme physical reaction, as writer-director Damien Power discovered when the film played at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Ariana Grande resumes tour following Manchester attack: ‘Thinking of our angels every step of the way’

I love you I love you.”

First show back tonight. I love you with all my heart. Thinking of our angels every step of the way. Show Full Article ☁️ ♡ 🙏🏼 Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers and entire crew. I love you with all my heart. There, she thanked the crowd in an emotional speech. “I love you guys so much, and I think that the kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine that the world really needs right, so I want to thank you for being just that.”
See highlights from the concert here, and see Grande’s Instagram above. Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together.”
This past Sunday, Grande returned to the U.K. city to host One Love Manchester, a benefit concert featuring performances by artists like Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, and Miley Cyrus. “I want to thank you so much for coming together and being so loving and strong and unified,” she said. “Thinking of our angels every step of the way. “First show back tonight,” she said on Instagram next to a photo of the Eiffel Tower. Grateful for and incredibly proud of my band, dancers, and entire crew. Ariana Grande is resuming her Dangerous Woman Tour Wednesday night in Paris after taking a break following a bombing outside her May 22 show in Manchester left 22 people dead and 119 injured. I love you I love you. A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jun 7, 2017 at 10:28am PDT

Two days after the attack, Grande’s team told EW they were suspending the tour “until we can further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost.” “We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence.

Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, shares vintage family photos in new music video

To honor the anniversary, the late musician’s sister Tyka Nelson released a music video for her song “End of the Road” that takes fans on a journey through her and her brother’s early life together. Prince, who died in 2016 at age 58, would have celebrated his 59th birthday Wednesday. Although these relics from Prince’s past cannot replace him, they are points of pilgrimage for those who carry on his legacy and spirit. I will see all three of my beautiful family members someday again.”
Nelson and Apollo V wrote the song, while   Empire   executive producer Sanaa Hamri directed the video. “After Prince passed I wanted to give him one final birthday present and I decided to fulfill his wish, and record this song at Paisley Park,” she says, referring to his home and studio in Minnesota, where the singer died last year. The First Avenue nightclub is the one featured in Purple Rain   where he got his start as a young performer, and he owned the red guitar illuminated in the background. Show Full Article The teddy bear featured in the clip was a gift to Nelson from her brother. Watch the “End of the Road” video, premiering exclusively here, above. A longtime friend of Prince’s, she also directed the clip for his 2004 song “Musicology.”
The video features many never-before-seen family photos of young Prince and includes new footage of several landmarks in his life: The white house shown   in the beginning was his childhood home at 539 Newton in Minneapolis, and the yellow house seen closer to the end   was where his and Nelson’s parents moved in 1965. “This song poses the question ‘is this the End of The Road?’ and my answer is I don’t think so!

Phoenix preview their ‘hedonistic and light and joyful’ new album

I think it makes sense in the end. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. songs live, it wasn’t a full-body experience. Everything we recorded is the first take, the first idea. “Jeté” is a movement that’s pure and out of your hands. MARS:   When you throw dice, and it’s luck. 2014 — soon enough there was this feeling the world as we knew it was collapsing before our eyes,” you wrote in “Words About Ti Amo.”
MARS:   We were making this record and we thought it was hedonistic and light and joyful and we felt disconnected [from the world]. THOMAS MARS:   When we write songs in English, we don’t want to write American folk songs. There’s no one way to understand it, and there’s no wrong way to understand it — unless you think we’re saying “xenophobia” or something. “You try to recreate things that are very pure.”

Below, Mars and Mazzalai explain why they decided to make such a positive record amid international turmoil, the correct way to interpret their lyrics, and which French word — and GIF — best describes   Ti Amo,   out Friday. And that’s exactly what they set out to do make with this collection, their   sixth total and first since 2013’s   Bankrupt!. Is that on purpose? We want to write awkward, French, American-twisted lyrics that nobody understands. [Laughs]

Show Full Article You think, “Is what we’re doing worth it? [Laughs]
You’ve mentioned that you had some reservations about making an optimistic record during what you call “general darkness”: “We started writing this album in Sept. We embraced it   because we felt it embodied the true value of what art should be, which is a world of possibilities. How’s this album different from your previous ones? MARS:   It will have to be a GIF. It’s also an album about our European, Latin roots, our fantasized version of Italy: a lost paradise made of eternal Roman summers (hyper-light, hyper-clarity, pistachio gelato), juke boxes on the beach, Monica Vitti and Marcello Mastroianni, fearless desire and antique marble statues.”
Sparkling, sexy singles like “J-Boy” and “Goodbye Soleil” embody those images, and preview an album full of disco-appropriate love songs. Whether you like it or not, it’s always a reaction to the previous record. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your lyrics aren’t always easy to interpret. MARS:   We reject it. When we were playing the   Bankrupt! A version of this story appears in the latest episode of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday or available to buy   here. “The more you make records, the more you dig deep,” frontman Thomas Mars tells EW. MARS:   I think we always say the same thing but in a new way each time. In a note titled “Words About Ti Amo,” Phoenix described it as “an album about simple, pure emotions: love, desire, lust, and innocence. MAZZALAI:   We were looking for a lost paradise. Describe the album in one word. They new songs are more physical. To create our own language is a goal. MAZZALAI:   Jeté. MAZZALAI:   One gesture, like this:   Whoosh! Phoenix guitarist Christian Mazzalai says they couldn’t have released their new album,   Ti Amo, in the winter — and although freezing fans might have appreciated some relief in the form of the French band’s bright sounds, he’s right. Does it make sense to keep going?” And even more so when you do something that’s the opposite [of darkness], full of life of joy. In a way, we were looking for something a bit obscure and complex on the last one, and this one is very innocent. MAZZALAI:   When we do an album, we always kind of hate the last one, so we try to go as far as possible from it. This record is undeniably a summer album, the kind you play on your way to the beach, on sweaty nights spent drinking outdoors, on sunny mornings.

In latest flare-up in distribution battle, South Korea’s largest exhibitor boycotts Netflix’s ‘Okja’

Tilda Swinton and Ahn Seo-hyun in “Okja.” (Netflix)Bong Joon-ho is one of South Korea’s most successful directors, but   his latest film is running into major obstacles in his home country.South Korea’s largest cinema chain, CJ CGV,   is refusing to screen Bong’s Netflix-produced   sci-fi drama “Okja” over Netflix’s plan to stream the film online simultaneously with its theatrical release, according to the Korea Times. release. Bong’s last film, the 2014 dystopian sci-fi thriller “Snowpiercer,” was a major hit in South Korea, pulling in roughly $60 million there while earning less than $5 million in its limited U.S. The country’s second- and third-largest chains are also weighing boycotts.The moves come just weeks after “Okja” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, where its inclusion in the lineup, along with Noah Baumbach’s   Netflix-produced “The Meyerowitz Stories,”   stirred controversy among some cinephiles   who view the rise of streaming services as an existential   threat to the traditional movie business.Should the majority of South Korean theaters refuse to screen “Okja,” which is set to open June 29, it would deliver a significant blow to its overall box office. His 2006   monster movie, “The Host,” was an even bigger smash in his home country, pulling in more than $64 million.But despite the pressures to create a window between theatrical and online releases, as Amazon typically does with its films,   Netflix seems unlikely to budge from its distribution model. In an   interview with The Times last year, Netflix   Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos   insisted that   the company’s streaming-centered approach offers films like “Okja”   the chance to reach the widest possible worldwide audience.”I think movies are special because of how well they’re crafted, how well they’re acted and shot –   not because of the room that you saw them in first,” he said, adding, “I don’t believe it’s sensible to hold back 81 million people from watching a movie so that a couple of hundred people can see it in a theater.” Latest updates

Olivia Newton-John is ‘totally confident’ following cancer diagnosis

The “Grease” actress “reluctantly”   postponed her May and June concert engagements   after learning that her recent back pain was caused by breast cancer that has metastasized to her sacrum, a bone in the lower back.”I am feeling good and enjoying total support from my family and friends, along with a team of wellness and medical practitioners both here in the U.S. Her treatment also included acupuncture, which   she said helped her   with nausea, as well as yoga, meditation and massage. She’s living her life at a slower place on her Southern California ranch, too.After two weeks of treatment, her pain “has gone from [level] 8 to about a 2,” her husband, John   Easterling,   told the magazine, adding that they have “an absolute knowingness that we can turn this around.”When she was treated for the disease in 1992, she underwent   chemotherapy after a modified radical mastectomy   with reconstruction. Latest updates (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)Olivia Newton-John is feeling good despite   her latest cancer diagnosis. Love and light, Olivia.”The “Physical” singer, who battled breast cancer 25 years ago,   is undergoing a short course of photon radiation therapy supplemented with other natural wellness therapies, according to People magazine. and at my Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia,” the 68-year-old actress-singer wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.“I’m totally confident that my new journey will have a positive success story to inspire others!

Watch a tense clip from horror film It Comes at Night

We make a family decision to invite him and his family to come and stay with us and that’s really what sets up the movie.”
It Comes at Night costars Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. In writer-director Trey Edward Shults’ new horror film It Comes at Night, Joel Edgerton plays a man named Paul who is desperate to protect his family in the wake of an apocalyptic event. “The world has gone wrong,” says Edgerton. “It has something to do with a virus that seems to have kept them isolated in the house, and perhaps has swept through the rest of the world, or at least their country, and everybody’s living off the grid. It Comes at Night arrives in theaters this Friday. And then, with a nighttime break-in by another man, [comes] this question of whether to trust him and his word that he has a family, and food, and stuff to offer. Watch the film’s trailer below and an exclusive — and extended — clip from the movie, above. Although the world has gone crazy, we’ve managed to at least set ourselves up, and hunker down, and deal with what’s happening as a family. There’s no phone, there’s no electricity. Show Full Article

The Hazel Wood: Read an excerpt from Melissa Albert’s buzzy YA novel

It was the daydream I disappeared into when I needed a break from the endless cycle of highways and new schools and the smell of unfamiliar houses. Ella squatted down in front of me, put her hands on my knees. Then she came back, and achieved an odd kind of fame, glittering from some angles but dark from others. Parts of it were eaten into ash, but I flattened the soggy remainder against my knees. But Ella pulled out a cigarette anyway, and lit it off an antique crystal lighter. Then she crumpled the letter up and tossed it into the trash. She breathed in, out, and turned her face up to look at me. It even smelled like it had been sent from the past. With shaking hands, she slit the envelope jaggedly through its middle. I breathed in its scent of ash and powdery perfume as I scanned what was left. It was a desolate sound that belonged somewhere else, out there with dark roads and dead-leaf smells, not in this bright room in the middle of a loud, bright city. I dropped the wet mess into the trash. I couldn’t read anything that came before or after it, and I saw no other reference to myself. But after Alice’s grandmother dies at her estate, The Hazel Wood, and her mother gets abducted by a mysterious figure someone who claims to be from the Hinterland itself, Alice has to venture into the world of her grandmother’s stories to try and get her mother back. My mom and I lived like vagrants, staying with friends till our welcome wore through at the elbows, perching in precarious places, then moving on. She put her head down on my knees and sobbed once. But I can still close my eyes and see it, so I’m holding on to it. Once upon a time she was a girl named Anna Parks, one of the legion of midcentury dreamers who came to Manhattan with their hopes tucked into a suitcase. We didn’t have the luxury of being nostalgic. The letter didn’t seem new. After they’d determined I hadn’t been assaulted, after the redheaded man was identified as a drifter who’d stolen a car a few miles from the place we were staying in Utah, my mother decided we’d never talk about it again. When she was gone, I poured cold coffee on the trash can fire and pulled out the wet letter. I ask if I can come talk to her in person, and her laugh is hot whiskey on ice. She didn’t want to hear it when I told her the man was kind, that he’d told me stories and had a warm laugh that made me believe, deep in my six-year-old’s heart, he was actually my father come to claim me. She’d been shown the redheaded man in custody through a one-way mirror, and swore she’d never seen him before. One where I rode horses and went to summer camp. The news hit me like a depth charge, a knot of pain in my stomach that kept expanding. A fan who wanted to use me to get to my grandma. Ella made a sound I didn’t recognize, a gasp of complicated pain that cut my breath off clean. forgive me, but this isn’t a bad thing. She held the paper so close to her face it colored her skin a faint celery green, her mouth moving as she read it through again, again. It’s not. Her nail polish was so red it looked like she’d cut herself. “God, no. As she shook it out, the letter caught the light, so I could see blocks of black text through the back but couldn’t read them. By then I’d figured out the man wasn’t who he said he was: a friend of my grandmother, Althea, taking me to see her. The type was as dense and oddly spaced as the text on an old telegram. Does it mean we get the Hazel Wood?”
My grandmother’s estate, which I’d only seen in photos, felt like a place I remembered from some alternate, imaginary childhood. We didn’t have a chance to stand still. *
When my mother, Ella, got the letter, a violent shudder ran through her. When I kissed the crown of her hair it smelled like diner coffee and the smoke twining up from her cigarette. And one marooned word in a sea of singed paper: Alice. It means we’re free.”
“Free of what?” I asked stupidly, but she didn’t answer. When I get her on the phone, her voice is as alluring as her most famous photo, the one with the ring and the cigarette. My first memory is the smell of hot pavement and the sky through the sunroof, whipping by in a river of blue. The news shouldn’t have hurt me at all. She sucked in smoke like it was a milk shake, tapping the fingers of one hand against the heavy green stone she wore at the pulse of her throat. She pulled an ivory letter opener from the table beside her, because we were house-sitting for the kind of people who kept bits of murdered elephants around for show. Excerpt from The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
CHAPTER 1
Althea Proserpine is raising her daughter on fairy tales. EW can exclusively share The Hazel Wood’s   cover, above, and   your first peek inside, below. I folded it away like I did all the things I didn’t need—old toys, bedtime superstitions, clothes that didn’t fit. Show Full Article But my mother’s bony hand was around my wrist, pulling me out of the Technicolor lawns of the Hazel Wood. “Wait. The envelope was creamy green, printed with her name and the address of the place we were staying. “Do you know what this means for us?”
I stared at her, then around at the room we were sitting in: rich and stuffy and somebody else’s. My name. It could change things for us, it could—” Her voice cracked in half before she could finish. She had no friends, just fans, and my mother told me that’s what the man was. We’d arrived the night before, and I wondered how it found us. We’ve crossed the country a hundred times, in our beater car that smells like French fries and stale coffee and plasticky strawberries, from the day I fed my Tinkerbell lipstick into the slats of the heater vent. Her eyes were shiny but dry. “This isn’t… Althea was already secluded in her big house then, and I’d never met her. My mom tells me that’s impossible—our car doesn’t have a sunroof. But it had been a long time since I’d spent my hours dreaming of Althea. We weren’t supposed to smoke inside that place, a cramped apartment on New York’s Upper West Side that smelled like expensive French soap and wet Yorkies. By the time I turned nine, I’d recognized my secret belief for what it was: a child’s fantasy. I could imagine someone typing it up on an old Selectric, like the one in the Françoise Sagan postcard I hung up over my bed every place we stayed. “You’d get lost on the way to finding me,” she says. Which is why, when I was six years old, I got into an old blue Buick with a redheaded man I’d never met and drove with him for fourteen hours straight—plus two stops for bathroom breaks and one for pancakes—before the cops pulled us over, tipped off by a waitress who recognized my description from the radio. “My mother’s dead,” she said on an exhale, and coughed. She stood, tossing her half-smoked cigarette into the trash right on top of the letter, and walked straight-backed out of the room, like there was something she had to do. There wasn’t much of it: we send our condolences, and come at your earliest. Now she’s gone again, fled to a turreted house in the deep dark woods, where she lives with her five-year-old daughter and her husband, an actual royal—she just can’t quit fairy tales. That was before she opened it. “You’d need breadcrumbs, or a spool of thread.”
— “The Queen of the Hinterland,” Vanity Fair, 1987
 
My mother was raised on fairy tales, but I was raised on highways. The Hazel Wood   follows 17-year-old Alice, who’s spent her life fleeing awful bouts of bad luck with her mother, and, at her mother’s behest, avoiding her grandmother, the author of a cult-classic book of dark fairy tales called   Tales from the Hinterland. We stayed in so many places, with so many people, that I never really learned the concept of stranger danger. Then she went missing. I’d paste myself into its distant world of fountains and hedges, highballs and a pool so glittering bright you had to squint against it. When we left Utah after his arrest, to live for a few months in an artists’ retreat outside of Tempe, I worried he wouldn’t be able to find me again. He never did. Never. Until the year I turned seventeen, and Althea died in the Hazel Wood. For a few years I’d persisted in believing he was my dad. Melissa Albert’s YA debut   The Hazel Wood   doesn’t hit shelves until January of 2018, but the buzz is already building: Not only was the book a hot commodity at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair, but Columbia Pictures has already snapped up the film rights, with the producers of   Divergent   attached to adapt it.

Nightcap: How Ali Wentworth scored her A-list guest stars in season 2

Oz Show, Wentworth had to cast the doc. “He’s tan and ripped and just, ‘I’m here to give you the best show I can.’ He’s Mr. Julianna Margulies:   “I cornered her at a dinner,” explains Wentworth of how she convinced the Good Wife star to play a furiously high-maintenance version of herself. “I should’ve written a lesbian scene for us,” she admits. “He becomes Staci’s confidant,” she says. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Art imitates life for Ali Wentworth, who plays talent booker Staci Cole on Pop TV’s fictitious late-night show Nightcap. ”I just want to kiss her.”
Nightcap season 2 premieres tonight at 8 p.m. The actress and series creator spills on going to great lengths to snag A-list guests for season 2 of her train-wreck comedy. Oz:   “On realizing that Nightcap was in the same building as The Dr. Showbiz.”
Debra Messing:   “After a successful appearance in season 1, Messing reached out for round 2. E.T. on Pop TV. “I had to stop the crew from getting free medical advice — everyone was like, ‘So I have this swollen knee…’”
Julianne Moore:   “Knowing Moore is an outspoken advocate for gun safety, Wentworth wrote a scenario in which a star gets shot (via crossbow) by a security guard, with the Oscar winner in mind. That chat blossomed into a story line about a three-way gone awry due to Hilaria’s seductive yoga moves (see a clip of that above). A version of this article appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. “She’s such a good dramatic actress; there were moments when she really scared me.”
Alec and Hilaria Baldwin:   Over Thanksgiving football, Wentworth approached Baldwin about working with him and his wife. Show Full Article Shares Wentworth: “She said, ‘I want to come back, and I already have an idea — what if Staci and I get colonics together?’ We ended up building a whole episode around it!”
Dr. “She basically has her crotch in my face.”
David Hasselhoff:   “He’s such a symbol of the ’80s, and he really is that guy,” gushes Wentworth.

Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert to star in Hallmark Christmas movies

For all sorts of information on the slate of   original Christmas TV   movies headed to Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this year,   click here. Hallmark is sending Candace Cameron Bure and Lacey Chabert down your chimney again this Christmas. Like Cameron Bure, Chabert has five Hallmark holiday movies under her belt, as she also starred in   2016’s   A Wish for Christmas and in 2015’s   A Christmas Melody and Family for Christmas, 2014’s A Royal Christmas,   and 2012’s Matchmaker Santa. The Sweetest Christmas cast also includes Lea Coco (Queen Sugar) and Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing). Chabert, of   Party of Five and Mean Girls fame, will star in   The Sweetest Christmas   as   a struggling pastry chef who advances to the finals of a gingerbread house-baking competition. Cameron Bure is certainly a familiar face in the Hallmark holiday universe, appearing in 2016’s   Journey Back to Christmas, 2015’s A Christmas Detour, 2014’s Christmas Under Wraps, and 2013’s Let It Snow, and 2008’s Moonlight and Mistletoe. Cameron Bure, a Full House vet who currently anchors Fuller House, will play estranged twins who decide to trade lives in Christmas Sister Swap, EW has learned exclusively. Show Full Article Both Christmas Sister Swap and The Sweetest Christmas will air on Hallmark Channel later this year.