The Mick EPs have ‘no idea’ how season 2 starts after the mansion burns down

“Nick Frenkel, who’s our manager and one of the producers of the show, just came in one day, and he’s like, ‘Just torch it and figure it out later.’ We were like, ‘Yeah, that’s a good idea!’ And now, here we are, and we have no idea what’s next.”
Scott MacArthur, who pulls double duty as both a writer on the series and an actor playing Mickey’s loser boyfriend Jimmy, chimed in with a funny anecdote from a recent Grateful Dead show he attended at the Hollywood Bowl. Show Full Article Entertainment Weekly is on the scene at ATX. “I think we’re excited just to switch things up a bit, but we also don’t want to leave Greenwich [Connecticut] and we don’t want to change the entire DNA of the show, but we also want to keep you guys guessing a little bit,” said John Chernin, who co-created the series with his brother Dave, during Friday’s panel about the show at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas. I do not like doing things unless I know I’m going to be very good at it, because I’m really hard on myself.”
Fox renewed the freshman comedy for season 2 in February. One, I don’t want to give it away. “Yeah, I thought about it last year too. In May’s season 1 finale, Mickey (Kaitlin Olson) and her niece Sabrina (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and nephews Chip (Thomas Barbusca) and Ben (Jack Stanton) watch their gorgeous mansion burn to the ground. Then he asked the audience, “Is that okay, or do you want to know a little more? But where they’ll go next is anybody’s guess. “I think it was always in the back of our minds for a later season, and then we were struggling to come up with an ending for the finale,” he explained. “I’m enough of a control freak to take that on also,” said Olson, laughing. Two, we just started writing, and I have no idea.”
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Chernin revealed the brothers always considered watching the home go down in flames but never thought it would happen in the Fox comedy’s hit first season. The Mick‘s executive producers   have something in common with the series’ titular character: They are admittedly flying by the seat of their pants. “I texted the [Chernin brothers] and I said, ‘Wow, there are a lot of fans of The Mick here.’ And John immediately responded, ‘Great, ask them how the f—ing season starts.’”
In addition to taking plot suggestions from fans, the Chernins are also open to giving series star Olson — who previously worked with them on FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia — an episode to direct. Go inside the TV festival with all our coverage, available here.

This Is Us: Milo Ventimiglia considered playing Kevin

So I’m thinking, ‘Well, maybe, no, I’ll be the actor,’” Ventimiglia revealed during a   This Is Us panel moderated by EW editor Henry Goldblatt at ATX Television Festival Friday. “But then, you know, I’d been a huge fan of not only Dan Fogelman but John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and I knew the three of them together, and I believed in what they believed in me.”
Kevin, the actor son of Ventimiglia’s Jack, went on to be played by Justin Hartley, and the rest, as they say, is history. Can you imagine a world in which Milo Ventimiglia   wasn’t paired up with Mandy Moore on   This Is Us? RELATED: Exclusive Portraits From ATX Festival 2017
Speaking of changing one’s mind, Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, addressed the recent scheduling shifts for the hit series. And the cast will begin filming again on July 11. “When I dove into Jack, I found this instant connection to a man that felt incredibly familiar even though I don’t have kids and it just felt right,” Ventimiglia added. “So we were looking at six episodes of This Is Us, a two-month break, and then the show coming back. To refresh: In May, the network announced that   This Is Us   would be moving to Thursdays, but a few weeks later, they decided to keep it on Tuesdays. We all sort of looked at each other and just said, ‘This is not in the best interest of the show.’ So we moved it back.”
As a result, the first 10 episodes of the season will air in consecutive weeks. Well, neither can we, but the actor considered going after a different role when he first read the show’s pilot script. Go inside the TV festival with all our coverage, available here. “We wanted to build another night — we have a big show we feel like no matter where we put it, the audience will follow — but the truth is, once Dan [Fogelman, the showrunner] came in and laid out what he wanted to do with the second season, [after] six episodes on Thursday nights, we would’ve hit a wall with football,” she said. “At first, I was like, ‘Should I be Kevin?’ Because I’m an actor. Entertainment Weekly is on the scene at ATX. Show Full Article This Is Us season 2 will premiere this fall on NBC.

Jennifer Esposito exiting NCIS after one season

No word yet on whether Esposito might return as a guest star or recurring character at some future date. Trae Patton/CBS
Former   NCIS   showrunner Gary Glasberg developed Esposito’s character shortly before his death last fall. Jennifer Esposito is leaving CBS drama   NCIS   after one season as a series regular, EW has confirmed. Show Full Article It is possible that one of these unresolved calls could be used to justify her exit, though viewers will likely have to wait until the show returns in the fall for any definitive answers. Prizing her experience and her smarts, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) convinced her to return to field work as a member of his team. The former   Blue Bloods   actress joined the cast of   NCIS   in last fall’s season 14 premiere as Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn, a former field agent who had transitioned to life as an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center. While the character of Quinn did not make a noticeable exit on the May 14 season finale, she was involved in one of the finale’s many cliff-hangers, receiving two mysterious calls from her mother. Deadline first reported the news.

Fargo showrunner: Season 3 could be the last

Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley told fans at the ATX Television Festival in Austin on Friday that he doesn’t have an idea for a fourth season of the anthology drama and might not ever have one. RELATED: Exclusive Portraits From ATX Festival 2017
“I wasn’t sure if there would be a second season. “There’s only a certain amount of storytelling you can tell in that vein. Entertainment Weekly is on the scene at ATX. Fargo airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. So watch the 10th hour [of season 3] because it might be the last.”
The statement comes on the heels of FX CEO John Landgraf likewise suggesting this could mark the Emmy-winning drama’s final round. It’s going to be a while before we get more Fargo — and possibly never. At end of season 1, [FX] said, ‘If you want to leave it there [that would be fine],’” Hawley said. And I love telling stories in this vein, but I don’t have another one yet. Show Full Article Go inside the TV festival with all our coverage, available here. I wasn’t sure if there would be a third season.

CNN cancels Reza Aslan’s Believer after Trump ‘piece of s–’ tweet

Truth is truth. — Porochista Khakpour (@PKhakpour) June 9, 2017

It was a great show, and @rezaaslan is a great host. CNN has renounced its support of Believer. See more reactions below. You apologized #FreeSpeech
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) June 9, 2017

.@rezaaslan is a brilliant person who brings more to the table than many in the chattering class. My statement about the cancellation of #Believer
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) June 9, 2017

CNN – for shame – POTUS is a piece of shit – and so it seems are you #MSNBC #banCNN #reza
— ROSIE (@Rosie) June 9, 2017

Reza calling the @POTUS a POS is bad form. Calling me the same fair game. CNN’s statement on the cancellation noted, “We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”
In a statement posted to Twitter, Aslan said he was “very disappointed” to get the ax but added, “In these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated, and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet. Sir, you are welcome on #AMJoy any time. You apologized #FreeSpeech.”
Aslan’s wife, the entrepreneur Jessica Jackley, also weighed in, tweeting, “So the swear jar got another quarter this wk. — Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) June 9, 2017

Reza Aslan gets fired for tweeting Trump is a "piece of sh**t" but Jack Kingston gets to tweet this racist crap and keep his CNN job. I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. A spokesperson confirmed to EW on Friday that the cable network has “decided   to not move forward with production” on the second season of Reza Aslan’s religious-themed travel series. The Iranian-American scholar blasted Trump for promoting his travel ban and criticizing London Mayor   Sadiq Khan   in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on London Bridge last weekend. I am a social commentator and scholar.”
Some celebrities and media figures assailed CNN’s decision to drop Aslan, including vocal Trump critic Rosie O’Donnell and, more surprisingly,   conservative commentator Sean Hannity. Aslan apologized a day later, issuing a statement that said, “I lost my cool and responded to [Trump] in a derogatory fashion. Calling me the same fair game.
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) June 9, 2017

Another self-important media type takes a swipe at @realDonaldTrump and cuts off his own nuts @Variety @CNN
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 9, 2017

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— John Aravosis (@aravosis) June 9, 2017

So CNN has canceled Reza Aslan's show b/c he tweeted that Trump is a "piece of shit," but hired Corey Lewandowski AFTER he assaulted someone
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) June 9, 2017

Please read my full statement on CNN cutting ties with Reza Aslan. SMH. "Piece of shit" is the most polite way I could put Trump. If only he'd talked about grabbing women by the pussy, all would be forgiven. Many conservative voices, including Brent Bozell and Dinesh   D’Souza, applauded CNN’s decision. I am not a journalist. I do not think you should be fired. Proud.” She included a link to a Daily Beast article criticizing CNN for cutting ties with Aslan while continuing to feature Trump surrogates like   Jeffrey Lord. Though the network did not offer a reason for the cancellation, it comes days after Aslan ignited controversy by calling President Donald Trump a “piece of s–” and “an embarrassment to humankind” on Twitter. That’s not like me. Fine. O’Donnell tweeted,   “CNN – for shame – POTUS is a piece of s– and so it seems are you.”
Hannity offered, “Reza calling the @POTUS a POS is bad form. Similarly, I need to honor my voice. I apologize for my choice of words.”
The first season of Believer debuted in March, and a second season was announced at an event for advertisers last month. I do not think you should be fired.
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) June 9, 2017

Wow, the firing of Reza Aslan by CNN is extraordinarily pathetic.

See Milo Ventimiglia as a young Ken Olin on short-lived series EZ Streets

Watch the clip above from EZ Streets, which was created by   Oscar   winner Paul Haggis,   to see Ventimiglia’s brief appearance as a young Olin. And what young actor was playing young Olin? “You see Ken there looking young, strapping… and then it flashes back to a literally 14-year-old lookin’ Milo.”
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“He plays a   young version of the character and he’s great,” Olin said. Show Full Article The seeds of   This Is Us may have been planted long before Mandy Moore was craving candy or Jess Mariano started running his hands through his hair. Go inside the TV festival with all our coverage, available here. Well, none other than Milo Ventimiglia. In one short scene, he’s giving a beautiful woman a long look and flashing back to kissing her as a teen. “It’s a very sweet scene,” Ventimiglia said after bringing up the cameo during a   This Is Us   panel — moderated by EW’s own Henry Goldblatt — at ATX Television Festival on Friday. “He’s better in the six seconds that he’s on than I am in a minute and a half of me trying to be earnest.”
“I was just honoring you, man,” Ventimiglia responded. They may have started back in 1996 on an ill-fated series called   EZ Streets. Entertainment Weekly is on the scene at ATX. The show lasted all of nine episodes and starred   thirtysomething‘s Ken Olin, who now produces and directs This   Is Us.

The Leftovers creators on that ambiguous ending: ‘It tells the truth’

One of television’s most intricately crafted and introspective series,   HBO’s   The Leftovers,   concluded   last week with the open-ended finale “The Book of Nora.” That episode, in which Nora (Carrie Coon) and Kevin (Justin Theroux) reunite, has left many viewers wondering about the legitimacy of Nora’s tale. During the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas, co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta — who authored the book that inspired the series — as well as the episode’s director, Mimi Leder, sat down to discuss the finale. … And I will just say that in spite of whatever our intention may or may not have been, when we were standing on the set … she finished her monologue and I turned to Tom, and I said, ‘I believe her.’ So I think we’ll just leave it at that.”
Perrotta agreed, saying, “Whether or not her story is literally true, I think … if it is a story, it’s a story that reflects some true insight that she had about the possibility of rejoining her kids, which is why we believe her. We believe her the way we believe a good piece of fiction, which is, it tells the truth too.”
The Leftovers is available in its entirety on HBO Go and HBO NOW. Show Full Article Lindelof, appropriately donning a “Frasier the Sensuous Lion” T-shirt, explained, “It was super important for us that Nora’s story was so believable that when Kevin says to her that he believes her, and why wouldn’t he, that the audience believed him.

The Mummy star Annabelle Wallis talks riding the ‘vomit comet’ with Tom Cruise

Because if you can imagine the worst turbulence you’ve ever felt in your life 64 times — unfortunately, some of our crew, as we were shooting the tumbling scenes, they were being sick into their little sick bags. “There’s only four planes in the world that you can achieve weightlessness [on], you can go into zero-G,” Wallis said. Catch more of Annabelle Wallis in the full episode of   Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). “We went to France and we went up to 20,000 feet in a plane, we turned the nose up vertically, went up to 40,000 feet, and then launched forward. During a recent episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, the English actress recalled what it was like to shoot a grueling zero-gravity stunt alongside one of the world’s biggest movie stars. Go to, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. Not the most elegant of days.”
Wallis managed to keep it together, she said, “only because I didn’t want to be known as the girl who was sick on Tom Cruise.”
Watch the video above for more. And in that launch you go into weightlessness, and you have 30 seconds to shoot the scene, and we did it 64 times.”
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She continued, “A plane like that, it’s called the ‘vomit comet’ for a reason. Battling an unstoppable ancient evil is a pretty terrifying prospect — but so is puking on Tom Cruise. Fortunately for The Mummy star Annabelle Wallis, she managed to survive the former while avoiding the latter. The Mummy is in theaters now. Show Full Article

My Cousin Rachel: EW review

The most notable difference is the distinctly modern shadings of his Rachel: as Weisz portrays her, she’s not just a canny seductress with clouded motivations; she’s a keenly perceptive, sexually intelligent woman who chafes at living in a world that leaves even well-born unattached females so few social and financial options. He is determined to hate this mysterious temptress, the vixen whose shady machinations seem to have driven poor Ambrose to madness (though the older man’s dying accusations, written in a shaky, desperate hand, may also be due to the sizable brain tumor reported in his postmortem). Sam Claflin (Me Before You, The Hunger Games) stars as Phillip, a lordly but unworldly 19th-century aristocrat raised mostly on a remote seaside manor under the benign guardianship of his older cousin Ambrose (also played, in brief flashes, by Claflin.)
When Ambrose travels alone to the warmer climes of Italy for his health, he soon sends home notice of a new love: Another cousin, Rachel (God bless the intra-family marriage rules of a bygone era). Director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) has crafted a largely faithful remake of the 1952 Olivia de Havilland–Richard Burton movie of the same name, which was itself based on a novel by Daphne du Maurier—the author of another all-time classic of the genre, Rebecca. B

Show Full Article But as he grows more obsessed, and more fiscally generous, the few people close to him (including Iain Glen as his even-keeled godfather Nick Kendall, and Holliday Granger as Nick’s nubile daughter) begin to wonder: Are her intentions as harmless as they seem? When Rachel (the exquisitely ageless Rachel Weisz) finally pays a visit, she is both much more and less than Phillip assumed: A whipsmart, porcelain-skinned beauty with no apparent desire to take anything from her late husband’s estate other than memories of the man she loved. A gothic moodpiece masquerading as a thriller, My Cousin Rachel is a misdirected swoon of a movie—long on black-veiled romance and ravishing atmosphere and a little short, alas, on dividends. And he’s shot it gorgeously; England and Italy’s travel boards should both send him a generous fruit basket. It’s no huge surprise that Phillip’s malice turns almost immediately into abject adoration: he is easily disarmed by her wit and charm; he’s also a 24-year-old man who’s hardly seen an exposed breastbone in his adult life—and Rachel’s, beneath her demure mourning clothes, is a stunner. Whether that’s motivation enough to murder, the story leaves till the very end—treating the answer with an ambiguity that may appeal to twist-happy screenwriters, but is less satisfying for an actual audience. But their wedded bliss is short-lived—or more specifically, Ambrose is: His sudden death leaves Rachel a penniless widow and Phillip furiously bereft, robbed of the one man who cared for him. And whether she dunnit, in the end, turns out to be not nearly as interesting as the mystery of why anyone might be driven to in the first place.

It Comes at Night director shares 10 influences, from Kubrick to video games

It haunted me in the best way. I saw There Will Be Blood and it was so reinvigorating. The Black Death. “The morality play going on in that film, it’s amazing. The micro-budget yet phenomenally accomplished drama was set in one house as a middle-aged woman (played by Shults’ own aunt Krisha Fairchild in a heartbreaking performance) relapses during a Thanksgiving dinner. ‘Come and See’

“This is not an easy one to watch, but it’s maybe my favorite war film,” Shults says of the harrowing 1985 Russian drama set in Nazi-occupied Russia during World War II. It was a hellscape of all my fears. If you look at The Shining, for example, it’s so open to repeat viewings. It was amazing.”
‘The Triumph of Death’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder
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Bruegel’s macabre 1562 oil painting features prominently in the movie — and kicked off its first trailer. “Growing up, my mom spent a lot of time at my grandparent’s house, which was a ranch house that was a big inspiration for the house in the movie. Even now, our tribe is our family, however you define that. Such a huge influence for me.”
‘The Last of Us’

Shults had not heard of this survival video game (first released in 2013) while writing It Comes at Night, but played the survivalist game while in production on the film. People in confined spaces, messing each other up. They’re a block of your human emotion, and masks have been in cycles of violence   for centuries. It’s just devastating. “I think it’s such a beautiful film.”

Dogville, von Trier’s 2003 minimalist epic starring Nicole Kidman, was also a touchstone. “The film tracks this one kid and it’s all about where his face is at the end of the story. And the use of close-ups. And that trust makes the horror of It Comes at Night pay off spectacularly. Director Trey Edward Shults announced himself as one of the most exciting new American directors with the release of Krisha. The way that the photography of the scene established the mood — it’s extraordinary.”
‘The Tree of Life’

“I love the sight of a wide lens pushing into a tree — that’s obviously a specialty of [cinematographer] Emmanuel Lubezki and Terrence Malick,” Shults says. I was like, ‘Oh sh–, this is a movie! Stannard’s American Holocaust: The Conquest of the New World and James Waller’s   Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing. Shults   places tremendous trust in the audience to pay attention and figure out what’s going on. It’s about the unraveling of a family and the child’s experience of that. But we’ll see.”
Lars von Trier

The notorious Danish director made his 2011 film Melancholia   — about a despondent newlywed (Kirsten Dunst) unspooling as a rogue planet is about to collide with the Earth — while deep in a depressive episode. I remember a scene when the RV goes into the woods at night and we just see a flashlight on Jake Gyllenhaal’s gun. After telling people early on about It Comes at Night, the first questions I was asked was, ‘Were you inspired by The Road?’ I have a copy of it right now, so I’ll read it soon.”
Paul Thomas Anderson

“There Will Be Blood was such an instrumental movie for me, period. The Tree of Life, also, changed the course of my life. ‘Lord of the Flies’
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“It wasn’t such a conscious thing, but I had to read Lord of the Flies in high school and I’ve only more recently begun to realize how much of it seeped into the creative process of making this film,” Shults tells EW. I would just put it on my laptop and watch it.”
Shults adds, “It’s the craft of it and the music and the way the camera moves to build tension. This is what movies can do!” While making It Comes at Night, There Will Be Blood became my comfort food. If someone gets between me and my cat, they’d better watch out. Plus, my own fear of death and my own fear of where things are going — the books helped bolt a lot of my ideas together.”

“I was so impressed by [cinematographer] Roger Deakins’ work on this film. Asked about Cormac McCarthy’s acclaimed novel The Road, which bears some thematic similarities to his film, he admits, “I haven’t read it. I remember the first time I saw The Tree of Life — just being blown away by the scale and ambition, with the grand and the small all connected. I lucked into being a film loader on Malick’s Voyage of Time and some of that footage wound up being used in Tree of Life. And I remember the walls of his home felt like him internally: weapons from the war interpreted with family photos. The Last of Us, which has a highly anticipated sequel scheduled for release, tells the story of two people named Joel and Ellie who are tracking across a post-apocalyptic wasteland while cannibalistic mutants lurk in the woods. You can always find new things. Now one year later, Shults has a bigger budget and more movie star names (including Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough) in the cast of his follow-up film — but the 27-year-old filmmaker has doubled down on his terror-in-one-house aesthetic. Seeing kids thrust into situations like this, that’s just heartbreaking to me.”
Books about genocide
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Among other titles, Shults read David E. My grandfather was a prisoner of war during World War II. Shults sat down with EW to talk about 10 intriguing points of influence he considered while making the film. The “It” of the title is not a rage zombie monster hiding in the woods, but something darker, more inward, and scarier. Then I read that Breugel was inspired to paint it by the plague in Europe. “I was fascinated by the idea that for humans on the Earth, most of our time has been spent in tribes. And the core of the movie, I hope, get to these essential, primal things: fear of the unknown, power, moral blindness. It Comes at Night (see trailer below) is the most dread-inducing, knots-in-your-stomach, cover-your-eyes movies of the summer. The big parallel here has to do with a kid living in a world he shouldn’t have to be in. That’s why the gas masks fascinate me so much. “In It Comes at Night, it’s a symbol of menace as opposed to beauty. I saw that when I was first discovering von Trier and I was completely blown away.”
Stanley Kubrick
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“He’s one of the best that ever lived. And this terrible outside force that tears everybody apart. And above the fireplace were two Medieval weapons and Bruegel’s Hunters in the Snow.”
Shults “geeked out” when he realized The   Hunters in the Snow appear in both   Melancholia and Andrey   Tarkovskiy’s Solaris. And the way that the light hit Paul Dano’s face when he turned around. “I was really fascinated by how von Trier took a personal emotion and placed it into a fictional narrative,” Shults says. “Then I got a Bruegel book and saw The Triumph of Death. It was the most humbling experience to sit there in the theater, crying, part of me thinking about the little tiny role I played in how the film was made, while also realizing how much bigger things are than me. Then I dropped out of school and interned for Malick’s office for a while. There are certainly stylistic influences that made their way into Krisha and It Comes at Night. And I just thought how perfect that would be for the movie.”

Show Full Article I saw it while I was a junior or senior in high school, at a time when I had become obsessed with sports and wrestling and had drifted away from movies. (Check out a scene about an hour into the film when a character casually mentions he’s an only child — the effect on the audience is terrifying.)
It Comes at Night, which is being distributed by   A24 (The Witch, Ex Machina, Moonlight), is playing in theaters nationwide now. Paul Thomas Anderson is my favorite living filmmaker — and the next movie I’m thinking about making will involve wall-to-wall pre-existing music, very much in the style of his Boogie Nights.

The internet reacts to Taylor Swift’s return to streaming services

on Friday morning, Taylor Swift’s entire catalog arrived on streaming platforms. Make them both listen to an @ArethaFranklin song and realize: holy shit, we suck. Swifties can finally rejoice: At 12 a.m. On a recent “Carpool Karaoke” segment, Perry   confirmed her long-suspected feud   with Swift to host James Corden.
— Perez Hilton (@PerezHilton) June 9, 2017

Everything else that happened in the past few days is irrelevant compared to the fact that @taylorswift13 is back on Spotify
— Lewis Spencer (@BlackoutHS) June 9, 2017

Easiest way to solve the Taylor Swift vs Katy Perry beef? — Alex Edelman (@AlexEdelman) June 9, 2017

Taylor Swift is such a Vicious Gangster – I kind of love her now #TaylorSwift
— Daniel Ahearn (@danielahearn) June 9, 2017

taylor swift putting her music back on spotify because katy perry is releasing her album tonight is the level of petty i aspire to be
— t.s. — Lizzy Duffy (@LizzyDuffy) June 9, 2017

Katy Perry: Here's my new album, stream it on Spotif-
Taylor Swift: Here's my ENTIRE album catalog on Spotify
— Aitor Galisteo (@MrGalisteo) June 9, 2017

Show Full Article “I think, personally, that women together — not divided, and, like, none of this petty sh– — women together will heal the world,” she said. Below, check out the best celebrity and fan reactions to Swift’s return to streaming services. Neither Perry nor her “Swish Swish” collaborator Nicki Minaj have responded explicitly to the timing of Swift’s streaming change of heart, but they did tweet the following on Friday:

#WITNESS IS #1 ON @AppleMusic! Welcome to the present, @taylorswift13! Fans smell shade after @taylorswift13 seemingly steals @katyperry's thunder! HMU if u need help setting up ur @spotify playlist
— Kaskade (@kaskade) June 9, 2017

I think this is a really good reminder for everyone that if Taylor Swift wanted you gone, she could make it happen in literally ten minutes. #SwishSwish is out now! 😜

Given the timing, some voices on the internet are suspicious, but others are perfectly content to shake it off to Swift’s hits — and who can blame them? The move comes amid a publicly quiet period for the 27-year-old — at a February concert, she said she wouldn’t perform again for the rest of 2017 — she’s rumored to be at work on a new album, which her friend and collaborator Ed Sheeran teased might might drop later this year. Still, the timing of the move from Swift — who has previously decried the same streaming services her music now appears on — isn’t totally inexplicable. — Denis Leary (@denisleary) June 9, 2017

so 1989 was cool + all but 2017 is where it’s at. Today marks the release of Katy Perry’s fifth studio album,   Witness. 😬🙌🏽😛😜😍😘 #SwishSwishBish 🏀 #Witness is out now! is the loml (@jasmynexvi) June 9, 2017

Me streaming every taylor swift song on Spotify tonight as if I don't listen to them everyday on Apple Music
— taylor (@speakingoflwt) June 9, 2017

Can confirm that @taylorswift13 coming back to @Spotify is good for showers/shower singing. Asking for a friend. -Team Katy
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) June 9, 2017

How many countries is Katy #1 in already?

Courtney Love teases Lifetime’s new version of the Menendez brothers story

Menendez: Blood Brothers   portrays the brothers suffering horrific abuse at the hands of their parents before turning the tables and murdering them in brutal fashion. Show Full Article Though it wasn’t quite the zeitgeist-defining event that O.J. This is a story that is more ridiculous than anything else.”
Menendez: Blood Brothers premieres Sunday, June 11 at 8 p.m. was, the story of the Beverly Hills brothers who, in 1989, murdered their parents in cold blood was still one of the first high-profile court cases to get massive media coverage. Erik and Lyle Menendez were convicted of first-degree murder, for which they remain in prison today. “I didn’t even have a TV in 1992. We’re living in one of the craziest times ever in history, and we’re reaching for stories that somewhat normalize what’s going on. Simpson look back on old famous cases with new eyes. I was in Seattle, I was doing other stuff. It will be followed by a one-hour docu-special, Beyond the Headlines: Murder in the Family, that will investigate the real life Menendez brothers and four other high-profile cases of children killing their parents. ET on Lifetime. Unlike jurors at the time, Bailey and Barbato take the brothers at their word. “This is one of the first court cases that was ever televised, so there’s no lack of information about everything that went down in this trial. story did so well last year and won so many awards that people are reaching back for other such stories to retell,” the Younger star   says. This is a story that’s been told time and time again, so there’s a lot to pull from. So I had a lot of research to do.”
Tortorella, by contrast, was barely sentient when the case was happening. It’s the story of two extremely privileged white kids from Beverly Hills that were so victimized, apparently, that it led them to murder their parents in cold blood and extremely violently. However, the new Lifetime retelling, directed and executive-produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, offers a different version of the narrative viewers might be used to. “As if everything that they said in the trial was true, that’s the movie we made,” Nico Tortorella, who plays Lyle Menendez in the film, told EW. But he understands why so many people seem interested these days in revisiting such cases. True crime is all the rage these days. “I remember it happening, but wasn’t following it closely,” the former Hole singer says. We’re just telling a different version of the story.”
Courtney Love also stars as Kitty, a character who appears in two different forms in this story: First, as the mother treating her husband’s abuse with willful ignorance, and later as a ghost alternatively comforting and torturing the guilt-plagued Erik. As Netflix documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Keepers investigate ongoing mysteries, shows like American Crime Story:   The People v. This wasn’t just one shot and dead; they completely mutilated their parents. The latest entry in the latter category is Menendez: Blood Brothers, the new Lifetime Original Movie about the Menendez brothers. “I play an unhappy woman, until I’m murdered, and then I come back as the good mom, the one Erik always wanted,” Love explains. “This is a story that is so rare and ridiculous. “Retelling the O.J. Their defenses were thus not believed, but the tale they told in court was that they had suffered years of physical and sexual abuse from their father, entertainment mogul Jose Menendez, which was enabled by their mother, Kitty Menendez. After minor roles on TV shows like Revenge and Sons of Anarchy, Love jumped at the chance for “a part with something more substantial.” She did have to brush up a bit on the details of the case, however. O.J.

Topher Grace fell victim to a Dennis Quaid prank on the set of In Good Company

Grace sat down with   Entertainment Weekly: The Show and talked about his experience shooting 2004’s   In Good Company   and how shooting opposite Dennis Quaid made his career feel “official.” Grace was dismayed when Quaid’s stand-in informed him that in scenes where they were shooting Grace’s dialogue and reactions, he would be acting opposite the stand-in rather than Quaid himself. Catch more   in the full episode of   Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). But according to actor Topher Grace, Quaid is a regular trickster on movie sets. Watch the clip above for more. Show Full Article Go to, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. Back in 2015, Dennis Quaid pranked the world with a   Funny or Die   sketch that people believed to be a leaked video of the actor having an on-set tantrum. But it turns out this was all in good fun and part of a joke Quaid was playing on the newcomer.

Orphan Black star says season 5 faces the patriarchy head-on

So that’s, I guess, a theme of the season — and we’ve talked about that from season 1 — but we face it head-on this season.”
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Fellow Orphan stars Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Jordan Gavaris (Felix), and Maria Doyle Kennedy (Siobhan) also teased the mysteries and power struggles to come. “He’s the top of everything and so the source of a lot of answers to the questions the clones have had for seasons, and that have put all of these people in jeopardy — and [he also] represents the patriarchal system that we’re all in that seeks to control us. “Rachel’s had a really interesting trajectory, and what I find so fascinating about Rachel is she is a clone but she pretends she isn’t,” said Maslany, adding, “It’s interesting, having her within the power of the system but actually she is controlled by it, and I think that’s an really interesting part of her.”
Orphan Black returns Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on BBC America. “There’s a lot of interesting power shifts,” said Gavaris. “That’s an interesting tease — the power shift or the trading of power, or concession of power.”
That includes “proclone” Rachel Duncan (Maslany), seemingly in a position of greater power than ever before as the season begins. There’s just one day to go before Orphan Black clones itself one last time, and that fifth and final season will find our heroes facing a new and mysterious adversary. “P.T. Westmorland — the founder of Neolution who has apparently been alive for more than a century — and what he represents in the world of the BBC America series. Show Full Article Check out the video above to hear more from the cast about season 5. sort of symbolizes the head of the snake,” she explained. During a visit to EW this week, star Tatiana Maslany gave some insight into P.T.

CNN dumps Reza Aslan just days after inflammatory Trump tweet

Similarly, I need to honor my voice.”Aslan went on to clarify that he is not a journalist, but a social commentator and scholar, and agrees that it was time for him to part ways with CNN.Last week, CNN removed Kathy Griffin from its New Year’s Eve lineup after public outcry over the comedian’s photo shoot with a bloodied likeness of Trump’s head. I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words.”Aslan released a statement Friday regarding the cancellation of “Believer,” in which he implied   that the nonrenewal was indeed connected to his criticism of the president.”In these politically charged times, the tenor of our nation’s discourse has become complicated,” Aslan wrote, “and I recognize that CNN needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)CNN is parting ways with yet another contributor for reasons that   again   might involve President Trump.The cable news network announced Friday that it would not be moving forward with a second season of “Believer With Reza Aslan,” a series hosted by the religious scholar   that explored faith and religion worldwide.Though the statement provided by a CNN spokesperson didn’t elaborate on why the network had reached that decision, it did state, “We wish Reza and his production team all the best.”The news comes just days after Aslan’s   now-deleted tweet saying, “This piece of [crap] is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency. He’s an embarrassment to humankind.”Aslan’s remarks were tweeted June 3, shortly after London terrorist attacks sparked Trump’s tweets about the importance of a “travel ban.”A day later, Aslan apologized for his choice of words in a statement shared on Twitter.”When in the first few minutes of the terror attack in London, the President of the United states tweeted about his travel ban, I lost my cool and responded to him in a derogatory fashion,” Aslan said. Latest updates “That’s not like me.

Amanda Bynes says she’s sober and ready to return to acting

Latest updates (Bynes had announced her retirement from acting quite clearly on Twitter in 2010.)Hollyscoop’s Diana Madison, who interviewed   Bynes, said   the actress missed being in front   of the camera but   was “very realistic” about her acting goals.Bynes last appeared in 2010’s “Easy A” and starred in the sitcom “What I Like About You”   from 2002 to 2006. Maybe a few guests spots on some shows that I’m a fan of and maybe another TV show where I’m the star of it,” she said. Embattled actress Amanda Bynes is three years sober and is looking to relaunch her acting career.”I do miss acting and I actually have something surprising to tell you, I’m going to start acting again,” the former child star said in an interview with Hollyscoop that was previewed on “Good Morning America” on Friday.”I want to do TV. She   retired from acting and soon attracted attention with high-profile erratic behavior and run-ins with the law, which resulted in a hospitalization and psychiatric hold in 2014.”I was on drugs and trying to be hilarious,” she said of some of her eye-popping tweets from that period.After that, she retreated   from the spotlight and has since changed up her lifestyle and is “doing great.””I hike, I go spinning — take spinning classes — and I feed the homeless,” the “All That” alum said.Bynes is still enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising,   and said she wants to start her own clothing line.

Killjoys season 3 trailer promises ‘intense heat and unnecessary nudity’

Season 3 promises to follow up on that threat, as it seems   Khlyen’s   daughter and Dutch will finally get a chance to meet face-to-face. Season 2 ended with Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen) calling for war in an effort to make Khlyen and   Pawter’s deaths count, while teammate Johnny (Aaron Ashmore), now accompanied by the literally gun-armed Clara (Stephanie Leonidas), bid their ship Lucy goodbye and set off all by his lonesome, unable to tell Dutch and his brother D’avin (Luke Macfarlane) that he’d killed Delle Seyah in retaliation. And Johnny’s shiny new look may be just the thing he needs to help him work through what he did and rejoin D’avin and Dutch as they set about saving the world   — while still blowing up stuff, of course. The Syfy series about a trio of bounty hunters in space   will be bringing both higher stakes and just as much fun (as well as some “intense heat and unnecessary nudity”). From the looks of this exclusive season   3 trailer,   Killjoys is   more than ready for its return later this month. Dutch kicking butt? Show Full Article Quippy dialogue? Explosions? But unbeknownst to any of them, Aneela   (John-Kamen pulling double duty) is alive and kicking and coming after them. Killjoys season 3 premieres Friday, June 30 at 8 p.m. ET on Syfy.

Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda already had their Mary Poppins pinch-me moments

You never forget your first time on Cherry Tree Lane. “We had a camera on a crane and another camera on a truck and it was just one of those very classic, cinematic, men-dancing-like-men, incredible, beautifully lit moments, and I just turned to Rob and said, ‘My God, we’re really making a big old movie, aren’t we?’”
Blunt had another major moment of realization — this time, off set. On the playground!’” Blunt says, laughing. That’s the best way to describe it. (Pertinent info: Blunt has two daughters, ages 3 and almost 1). The orchestrations are massive, and they’ve captured the spirit of it so well. It’s such a love letter to [original composers] the Sherman brothers. It’s whimsical when it needs to be whimsical with this undercurrent of sadness, but insanely catchy. Marc and Scott really grew up listening to and loving those guys, so it just feels of a piece with the music from the original. “It was my first realization of, ‘Oh, mothers are going to really want to talk to me after this.’ This woman said, ‘You’re going to be inundated with moms,’ and I immediately said back, ‘There are worse people to be inundated by!’ Which is so true.”

Show Full Article Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “I actually had one of these big pinch-me moments when I saw about 30 people coming down Cherry Tree Lane,” Blunt recalls. The new tunes raised goosebumps for the Broadway composer: “Honestly, hearing Marc and Scott’s songs for the first time was really exciting. Perhaps more memorably, Miranda recalls his first time hearing the film’s new score by veteran songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. For Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays Jack the lamplighter, there were a couple of major moments: His first fitting, for one, when he caught a glimpse of Mary Poppins’ famous talking parrot umbrella. To read more on Mary Poppins Returns, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here. “I hadn’t really thought much about the broad scope of things, but I was with my daughter Hazel in a playground the other day and had my baby strapped to me, and these four mothers came up and were like, ‘Oh my God, Mary Poppins! When I heard it, I got really excited, because this is not some quote-unquote ‘modern’ Poppins. It’s got that aftertaste of melancholy when it needs it, and it’s really lovely. Stepping onto the iconic street, recreated and rejuvenated by director Rob Marshall’s team,   was EW’s pinch-me moment on the set of Disney’s forthcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns   —   but for the actors and filmmakers who regularly tread those slick springtime cobblestones, other moments during shooting packed the epiphanic punch that, yep, the world of Mary Poppins is back again. This just is the next movie.”
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For Emily Blunt, who plays the title role, one thrilling moment came during one of the movie’s biggest musical numbers, wherein Miranda’s character and a group of lamplighters use the lights of London to guide the lost Banks children back to their neighborhood.

Daveed Diggs explains how he got his role in Wonder

Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. to co-host the Youth Speaks National Poetry Slam on Saturday, then hopped on a 5 a.m. To read more on Daveed Diggs, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here. “We had this great conversation, and they decided they would cast me,” Diggs explains. Wonder   will be released Nov. Show Full Article I was excited to be around it.”
What happened next was a whirlwind: He finished Hamilton   on a Friday, took an early morning train to Washington, D.C. 17. “There was no time for me to tape or audition or anything — they needed to cast the thing!” he recalls. Though we’ve already seen Daveed Diggs on both ABC’s   black-ish   and Netflix’s   Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt   since he left Broadway’s   Hamilton   last year,   the first project he filmed after leaving was actually Wonder,   the adaptation of R.J. “It’s crazy!”
Maybe the craziest thing? It was so sweet but it wasn’t saccharine at all. Wonder   is Diggs’ first movie ever. And, just like with his dual roles in Hamilton, which Diggs scored without an audition (he was in a freestyle rap group with Hamilton   director Tommy Kail and a little nobody named Lin-Manuel Miranda),   Diggs also got the part of   Wonder   in a slightly unconventional way. It felt so good: The way the kids were written was so good, so honest. “I had read the screenplay, and it was great. So, on a bright, sunny day in the summer of 2016, during his last week on Broadway, Diggs took a Skype call with   Wonder   director Stephen Chbosky from the roof of the Richard Rodgers theater. flight to Vancouver to start shooting   Wonder   alongside such illustrious costars as Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. “Then I’m on set the next with Jacob Tremblay, who’s like, Laurence Olivier in a 12-year-old’s body,” he laughs. Palacio’s best-selling book.

Diane Keaton AFI Tribute: Woody Allen makes surprise appearance and 6 more highlights

So tonight in her honor, I’m wearing white. The actress explained how Keaton taught her many things that have guided her throughout her career. She can rock a hat like nobody’s business — and let me tell you, that is not easy, it takes a very specific level of bad-ass confidence, and an extremely well-shaped head. She taught me everything about how to create a character with clothes. She’s given us all so much happiness, and there’s so many things that pull us to her. So Diane had Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and I had Diane Keaton.” A 15-year-old Witherspoon auditioned for   Wildflower, which Keaton directed,   landing what became her second film ever. This is a woman who is great at everything she does — actress, writer, photographer, fellatrix, director.”
Diane Keaton accepts the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award
To close out the evening, Keaton took to the stage to accept her award from Woody Allen. It’s just been too much, too great for me, and now I have this speech. So many things have changed in my lifetime for women, and they’ve got to keep changing.” Keaton also spoke fondly of her numerous female friendships, calling them her “sisters” and referencing her role in   The First Wives Club,   saying, “It’s easier with women because basically we’re all in the same boat.”
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Sarah Silverman joked about Keaton’s love life and celebrated her unapologetic originality. Below are highlights from Reese Witherspoon, Jane Fonda, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Martin Short, Warren Beatty, and others. “First of all, she gave me a natural sense of fashion. This is not to suggest that Diane, when I met her was ruthlessly ambitious, but she did make an interesting Freudian slip. Naturally, their performance wasn’t without its fair share of humor; Martin and Short made a slapstick routine of climbing atop the piano, and Short mocked Steve Martin’s banjo playing with the line, “I’m sure you’re all looking at this piano thinking, well, at least it’s not a banjo.” In the midst of the song, they closed with earnest remarks, with Martin noting that “when you work with Diane, you fall madly in love with her.” Short agreed, adding “Ms. They’re undeniable. in attendance to mark the occasion. ET. They allow wishes and dreams to flourish. But as you saw in that scene from First Wives Club, she absolutely owns the color white. In spite of that, there’s nobody who stands more exposed, more undefended and just willing to show herself inside and out than Diane. Show Full Article You are my greatest mentor and my greatest inspiration and for that, Diane, I cannot thank you enough.”
Meryl Streep heralds Keaton’s ‘inability to lie’
After recounting a story about her love of visiting a transparent lucite model of the female body in the Natural History Museum as a child, the three-time Oscar winner said, “Diane Keaton, arguably the most covered up person in the history of clothes, is also a transparent woman, even though she is famously the only member of the original cast of Hair on Broadway who would not take off her clothes at the end of the show. … I want to say the most important thing you ever taught me, which is the greatest gift you can give a fellow artist, is the permission to be unapologetically yourself. … She radiates authenticity and she’s astonishingly singular. It’s not just the color of Donald Trump’s cabinet, it’s a special white: suffragette white. Now I’m not an old maid, I’m just a woman, I didn’t get married. The woman is a story.”
Sarah Silverman and Jane Fonda celebrate Keaton as a ‘feminist icon’
Sarah Silverman and Jane Fonda took the stage individually to champion Diane Keaton’s role as a feminist role model and inspiration. She is so goddamn cool. I loved her for that. And I just want to say that this has been astonishing. The American Film Institute also celebrated its 50th anniversary, with original vice chairman Sidney Poitier and original founding director George Stevens Jr. Gasp, maybe; do a classic spit take, absolutely; but definitely not sneeze. She is one of the few women in Hollywood who has always been defined by her work and by her character and not by the men she’s been associated with — and by the way, those men are nothing to sneeze at. … Diane Keaton is a plot. I mean give me a break, enough is enough, you know? And white is also a fashion statement and there are very, very few actresses in the whole world that influenced fashion the way that Diane has. I fell for her pretty much the same time everybody else did with Annie Hall, because she had the stream of consciousness of a hummingbird – she’s just so hard to capture, she’s in flight, and when she lights down, she just, she stops your heart. She’s an unpredictable, mysterious, suspenseful, constantly surprising, sometimes comedic, sometimes tragic, always engaging plot. Before breaking into song, she closed by saying, “But anyway, since I’m not going to give the speech, I just thought that, I just wanted to say to all of you, you’ve just been a great audience and my kids are here and my family and my friends are here. Traditionally, honorees close out the night with a speech, but Keaton was so overwhelmed that she instead delivered a stream of consciousness monologue in her inimitable zig-zagging manner, saying “I just want to cry, that’s all I want to do. Woody Allen, who found his muse in Diane Keaton in Annie Hall   and other films, even made a rare West Coast appearance to present Keaton with the award. I feel bad too. She’s really astonishing. Martin joked, “There are so many talented people here tonight, and it’s amazing that all of them are right here on this stage right now.” He also poked fun at Keaton’s star-studded romantic history and her successful collaborations with director Nancy Meyers, saying, “Diane has been linked romantically to Warren and Woody, and most recently, Nancy Meyers.” Martin Short made light of Keaton’s remarkable body of work, saying, “Diane’s had an amazing career. I mean, really, I’m just not gonna.”
Forgoing the speech, Keaton instead chose to end the evening with a performance of “Seems Like Old Times,” a song she memorably sang onscreen in Annie Hall. Her friends and costars celebrated Keaton’s originality, her impact as a feminist and fashion icon, and her talents as a writer, director, actress, designer, memoirist, and more. When we started going out, she meant to refer to me as a talented young director, but instead she called me a stepping stone.” He also joked about her unique sense of style, saying, “She dresses as, you know, to hide her sexuality and always has, and has done a great job because it’s never emerged over the years.” He briefly refrained from his teasing when it came to presenting her with the award, saying, “The minute I met her she was a great, great inspiration to me. I just want to say, I just want to leave you with this, and that’s of course, me too, I’ve got a song too, and my song is gratitude for the fact that I had all these opportunities that began with Woody and so I thought I could sing a song that Woody gave me to sing in gratitude to everyone, so here we go.”

The event will be broadcast on TNT on Thursday, June 15, at 10 p.m. Much of what I’ve accomplished in my life I owe for sure to her. Keaton famously has never married and is heralded for her ability to remain true to herself in every walk of life. Sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will then air and encore presentation of the special on Monday, July 31 during a night of programming dedicated to Keaton’s work. I know this is, like, over-written but I don’t care because you deserve to know: you actually have an inability to lie in a profession that’s based on pretending.”
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Warren Beatty explains how Diane Keaton made Reds   work
“I have a list of things that I think she is – she’s such a brilliant, beautiful, passionate, authentic, political, dramatic, hilarious, honest, generous, spontaneous, ethical, independent, feminist, actor, director, writer, producer, singer, photographer, designer, real estate developer, and mother of two kids. I mean, just look at her, she knows how to put together a look. AFI announced its inaugural Audi Fellowship for Women and the first recipient, Natalie Camou, who will receive funding for the entire two-year enrollment in the AFI Conservatory. Stars flocked to the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood Thursday evening to celebrate the multi-hyphenate career of Diane Keaton, who was honored with the 45th AFI Life Achievement Award. Empowerment for women in front of and behind the camera was the theme of the night. The comedic icon was not without his fair share of one-liners, quipping about Keaton’s fear of death, “Death is like a colonoscopy, the problem is that life is like the prep day.”
Allen also ribbed Keaton saying, “You’re probably familiar with the fictional movie character, Eve Harrington. … She is the proof of something that is so important for every young woman who is watching tonight to understand: you don’t need anybody to empower you, you empower you.”
Woody Allen presents Diane Keaton with the AFI Life Achievement Award
The director-writer-actor, who helped launch Keaton to fame with films including   Annie Hall   and   Manhattan,   made a rare appearance in Los Angeles to present his friend and former muse with her award. Over the decades she has shown us through her acting choices, through her fashion choices, through her life choices, that women can be strong and vulnerable. So I’m an unmarried woman — that would’ve made me about a century ago, an old maid. But speaking critically if you take out Annie Hall, the three Godfathers,   Manhattan, Reds, Radio Days, both Father of the Bride movies, and Something’s Gotta Give, there’s really not much there.”
The two then turned to a more heartfelt celebration of Keaton and their mutual affection for each other, sitting down at the piano to sing “The Way You Look Tonight,” as featured in the   Father of the Bride   films in which they all costarred. But ultimately, the night was all about Keaton and her numerous contributions and achievements. They allow ambition and talent to bloom. “She lives a life that without asking for it or really without even needing it, commands respect. Nobody cares about this speech — I just feel horrible about the fact that I have to do this — look, I’m looking at it right now, I have no interest in it whatsoever. Record-breaking Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins   received some of the biggest cheers of the night when her presence was announced. The most influential feminist icons do not set out to be feminist icons, they are simply people who are the absolute best in their field. “Diane Keaton, simply put, is undeniable,” she said. I just love how she can be really kooky and then so profound. Steve Martin and Martin Short serenaded Keaton with a Father of the Bride   standard…
Steve Martin and Martin Short kicked off the evening with a series of jokes, sending up Keaton’s generosity and kindness with tales of outlandish movie star behavior. Emma Stone, Meg Ryan, Lisa Kudrow, Rachel McAdams, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, and more were on hand to fete Keaton for her body of work. Women wear white as a symbol of strength, as a reminder of who we are and who we can be. … In Love and Death,   she says, “If there is no god, then life has no meaning.” To that I say, there is no god, but life does have meaning because there is Diane Keaton.”
Gracing the stage in an all-white pantsuit, Jane Fonda echoed these thoughts, saying, “Nobody owns Diane Keaton. Tonight has been astonishing. And even though she loves a look and she puts together an enviable one every single day. In her own video clips, Keaton recounted a story of a teacher telling her she needed to look more feminine at the age of 13 and said, “It really solidified my resistance to other people telling me how to look.” She thanked her mother for encouraging her to pursue her dreams rather than marriage, saying, “She never said ‘it’s important for you to marry the right man.’ She was more concerned about what I was interested in. I feel bad because, you know, I don’t really know how to thank everybody affiliated with the American Film Institute in a way that expresses, oh my god, the depth of my gratitude, since I’m not going to give the speech, forget it. Keaton, in the world of all my high-fallutin’ friends, your name has always been the hippest and the coolest to drop.”
Reese Witherspoon thanks Keaton for teaching her to be herself
“Mentors are essential at any early age. In her work as an actress, as a designer, as a director, as a memoirist, her accessibility, the ease with which she gives the gift of her humanity, which is unique and universal, it’s just unsurpassed and it’s only grown with time in my opinion. She’s an unparalleled force, and not for nothing, she is a decades-long style icon. You are the only you there is, and she taught me to always be an original, just like her.