Fate of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ in limbo as details emerge about alleged sexual misconduct

The alleged incident   occurred   in Mexico on the first day of filming, June 4,   and involved contestants Corinne Olympios, from Nick Viall’s season of “The Bachelor,” and DeMario Jackson, recently cut by Rachel Lindsay on the current “Bachelorette” cycle.“We knew something bad had happened,” a cast member told People, speaking on condition of anonymity. The company didn’t give any details as to the nature of the situation, referring only to “misconduct.”Steve Carbone of the well-sourced “Bachelor”-franchise spoiler site Reality Steve   cautioned Monday on Twitter that various “narratives” were being promoted   in the media and that “we might never know” the   real story of what happened, but he spoke with certainty about the fate of the season.”For the record, one thing I can report to be 100% true: This season of Bachelor in Paradise isn’t happening. “We couldn’t   talk to each other about what we knew.” On Thursday, the contestant heard from a crew member that production might be suspended for good. Latest updates “[W]e weren’t even there a week. Production was halted and contestants were reportedly “locked down” — reality-TV speak for being separated from one another and kept under the watchful eye of the production staff.”[W]e were just kind of there, waiting in limbo,” the contestant told People. Her manager did not immediately respond to a   Times inquiry. “But then they were sent home.”A source connected to the show told People   that   “the show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given.””Bachelor in Paradise” — which puts former contestants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” in close quarters with one another and a lot of alcohol at the Playa Escondida resort in Mexico —   is set to premiere   Aug. said in its    statement that it was “conducting a thorough investigation” and would “take appropriate responsive action” once the investigation is complete. “After the incident with DeMario and Corinne, some producers were gone the next day and nobody knew why,” a source told “Entertainment Tonight.”   The Times’   source said   Jackson and Olympios had gotten “extremely drunk” at the poolside bar on the first day cameras rolled, then both got naked in the pool. “I didn’t realize that it was that serious until then,” the person said. Both contestants — who had   been portrayed as “villains” in their respective seasons —   were allegedly told by producers that one of the summer’s story lines would be them hooking up, sources described as close to Jackson told TMZ on Sunday. (ABC)With the fate of Season 4 of “Bachelor in Paradise” still officially up in the air, details of alleged sexual misconduct and what happened last week before and after production was suspended   began to emerge Monday afternoon. and ABC have yet to confirm a cancellation. Warner Bros. It’s been cancelled.”Warner Bros. In the days that followed, that source said, the two were shown video of what happened between them.On Monday, sources described as close to Olympios told TMZ   that she said she didn’t remember anything she did that first day but had been told that other cast members had expressed concerns to the production staff about her ability to consent. Olympios   has retained an attorney, TMZ   reported. What came next didn’t include intercourse, the source said, but was very raunchy. The game hadn’t even really begun yet.”A source told a Los Angeles Times reporter Sunday that a producer who witnessed what reportedly went down in the pool between the two didn’t show up for work the next day and then filed a third-party complaint to Warner Bros., alleging workplace misconduct. 4. Jackson and Olympios were getting along fine Monday, the Jackson-related sources said, but on Tuesday they were advised by an executive producer that another producer had seen the footage and was “uncomfortable” with it, and the two were released from the show.The Times was unable to contact Jackson or a representative.”Cast members were given the option at first, a few days ago, on whether they wanted to stay or try to finish out filming —   most chose to stay,” ET’s source said.

Cars 3: Here’s what critics are saying about Pixar’s latest film

Indeed, one of the lessons Smokey imparts is the dignity of aging and the fulfillment that comes from letting someone younger take center stage (it’s hard not to see this as a metaphor for Lasseter letting Fee take over the series’ directorial duties). If this is the end of the Cars franchise, at least in this form, then Cars 3 makes sure that the series goes out on a graceful, hopeful note. The pair’s bonding sessions — and obligatory “just dream it!” life lessons — are hardly revelatory, or even especially engaging. Cars 3 is a friendly, rollicking movie made with warmth and dash, and to the extent that it taps our primal affection for this series, it more than gets the job done. Unlike 2011’s   Cars 2,   which was widely panned and booked a 39 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes,   Cars 3   has so far proved mostly fresh at 69 percent, with critics who’ve seen the movie mostly agreeing that the film is a   perfectly serviceable ride. Lightning McQueen, you’ve come a long way.”
Tod VanDerWerff (VOX)
“Cars 3 skews more toward the original flavor than the sequel (a spy movie–inflected mess that revealed a Pixar slightly out of its depth with something so action-heavy). As such, it’s touching in a pleasingly formulaic, pass-the-torch way. It’s not to the level of that first film, but its amiable, ambling nature keeps it from becoming too boxed in by its needlessly contorted plot (which all but spoils its own ending very early on, then spends roughly an hour futilely avoiding said ending).”
Alonso Duralde (The Wrap)
“It’s become impossible to watch the Cars movies without thinking about the inevitable product tie-ins; every new character means the opportunity for more toys, backpacks and bed sheets for the franchise’s toddler fan base, and every establishing shot of the town of Radiator Springs made me admire the degree to which the all-automotive village has been skillfully recreated at Disneyland. Why do all the doors have handles if they don’t have hands? Considering that it’s a second sequel in a less-than-revered franchise, it’s a minor miracle that Cars 3 hits the finish line with a fresh sense of purpose.”
Eric Goldman (IGN)
“Cars 3 may not be among the best films Pixar has made, but it’s definitely the best film in the Cars series and the first to feel worthy of the Pixar label. The aging champ has   lost his mojo, he needs to battle a new-school foe to get it back and there’s a strange path to get there… Some punny lines are painful —   just a warning, ‘Life’s a beach and then you drive’ does get uttered on a sandy track —   and the plot doesn’t even pretend to be unpredictable. “Instead, Fee steers Cars 3 like the sleek piece of movie machinery it is — a standard ride with a half-full tank, a gorgeous paint job, and not much at all under the hood.”
Similarly,   Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman notes the new sequel feels very much like the first   Cars   movie, but with a few twists in themes thanks to the featuring of Alonzo’s character. “Cars 3 is very much a tale of mentorship, of learning how to give up your ego in order to bolster someone else’s. But despite its many winning characters and good intentions, Cars 3 functions mainly as a tenderly rendered, wish-you-were-here picture postcard to Newman, whose absence, while affectionately noted, ultimately serves as a reminder why Lightning can never truly strike twice.”
Brian Truitt (USA Today)
“While still not a Pixar classic by any stretch, Lightning McQueen and his four-wheeled bunch at least   get in the right lane finally with the surprisingly deep Cars 3 (**½ out of four; rated G; in theaters nationwide Friday), which amounts to Rocky IV with anthropomorphic automobiles. The beach race aside, it’s about a champ (Rocky/Lightning) losing to a better opponent (Clubber Lang/Jackson Storm) and having to find a new trainer (Apollo/Cruz) after his old trainer dies (Mickey/Doc) and having to go ‘back to basics’ after a new and improved training regimen doesn’t work – then eventually facing that same better opponent once again.”
Cars 3 hits theaters Friday. A little more than 10 years after the first   Cars movie revved its way onto the big screen, a second sequel is set to follow in its tracks when   Cars 3   hits theaters this Friday. Are their hearts under the hood, or is that where the brains are?”
Owen Gleiberman (Variety)
“On the short of list of movie sequels that are great (The Godfather Part II being the ne plus ultra), both the Toy Story sequels loom as brilliant follow-ups that audaciously extend the appeal of the original “Toy Story.” That’s the bar that Pixar set for itself. “Yet even as I was moved by the story, with its gender paradigm shift, that didn’t stop me from wishing that Cruz was a more idiosyncratic character; she should have been wilder and funnier, defined by something other than her self-doubt.”
UPROXX‘s Mike Ryan finds similarities between   Cars 3 and   Rocky III. As a spawner of merchandise, Cars 3 fires on all pistons but, as a movie, it’s a harmless but never stimulating 109 minutes.”
Mike Ryan (UPROXX)
“There are a lot of themes here about getting older and knowing when it’s time to let someone younger and better take your place. In the midst of those technically impressive but narratively numbing stretches, the mind inevitably begins to wander, and wonder: Where do Cars babies come from? The third movie in Pixar’s franchise   — following   Cars   and Cars   2   — sees Owen Wilson return to voice race car Lightning McQueen, who must go on a journey to get in touch with his inner racing legend while bonding with, and later inspiring, his new trainer Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo). “These movies do have a lot of the same beats. Yet in many ways it’s the tasteful version of a straight-to-DVD (or streaming) sequel. There’s a hint of sadness that seems to be present throughout Cars 3 that gives it a little more weight than the previous installments… Who knew that adding some emotional weight and unconsciously using some themes from Rocky III could add a little much needed depth and humanity to these sentient automobiles?”
Drew Taylor (The Playlist)
“It’s been more than a decade since the first [Cars] film and it’s nice to see the filmmakers treat the passage of time with respect and dignity. It’s got more on its mind than simply being about Lightning trying to win a race and is the first Cars film likely to truly resonate with a larger audience beyond the kids who love it already. But they have a folksy, loose-limbed ease that feels like stark relief after the ­sterile dazzle of the high-octane stadium scenes, which are played for such straightforward NASCAR action that they seem almost documentary — a faulty cable box flipped to an ESPN highlight reel. Audiences should come out satisfied, and in satisfying numbers, but the upshot is that this year’s Pixar film is a finely executed product rather than an inspiring work of animated artistry.”
Michael Rechtshaffen (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Like its predecessors, the film is visually quite splendid and, especially for an animated feature, stirringly well lit, most notably in a racing sequence set along a photo-realistic beach during golden hour and another on a vividly moonlit night. Notably, the movie finds Lightning at odds with the demands of an affluent sponsor keen on cashing in on his appeal. Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment Weekly)
“Once [Lightning and Cruz’] axels hit gravel, the script finally begins to settle into something less mindlessly metallic and more recognizably human. It turns out to be a girl-power movie: Cruz Ramirez is a trainer because she never believed in herself as a racer, and it’s up to Lightning to set her straight,” writes Gleiberman. While it feels like it could use a more nuanced antagonist and is hit or miss in the comedy realm, there’s a nice sense of closure here, too, which would make this a perfect and redemptive beat to end the story on – both for the characters and the franchise as a whole. “First-time director Brian Fee, whose résumé is stacked mostly with art-department credits, feels like a farm-team substitute for in-house superstars like Andrew Stanton (A Bug’s Life, WALL·E, Finding Dory) and Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up, Inside Out), the Pixar auteurs whose signature mix of visual wizardry, comic whimsy, and tenderhearted storytelling has come to define the company’s best films,” says EW’s Leah Greenblatt in her B- review. But Cars 3 at least tries to put a little extra in the tank this time around.”
Eric Kohn (IndieWire)
“Cars 3 still lurches through an aimless middle section and, yes, runs out of gas before the credits roll, but it never completely derails the sense of a sharper, intelligent version of this otherwise familiar routine. As the old saying goes, it’s not the years it’s the mileage and Cars 3 makes that metaphor beautifully literal.”

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A Twin Peaks Podcast: The arrival of Diane, Carl, and magic coins

Laura Dern, Harry Dean Stanton, and Balthazar Getty are all long-standing members of the David Lynch repertory company. Meet Diane: Former secretary to Agent Dale Cooper, currently rocking platinum hair at Max Von’s Bar. Listen to the full episode below! Dern’s collaboration with Lynch dates back to   Blue Velvet;   Stanton chased Dern in   Wild at Heart and told her old showbiz stories in   Inland Empire;   Getty was the co-lead in   Lost Highway, playing The Guy Bill Pullman Transforms Into. Local Twin Peaks scholar Jeff Jensen and I discuss all this and more in our latest podcast episode about Part 6 of the   Twin Peaks revival season. On Part 6 of   Twin Peaks, all three actors stole the spotlight. Show Full Article We try to sort through what’s happening with Dougie, discuss in stunning detail what it means when a traffic light goes from yellow to red, ponder the One Armed Man, and try to decide what Hawk found in the bathroom stall. Most importantly, don’t forget to subscribe to EW’s A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks   – on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or wherever you get your podcasts – to get new after-show episodes in your feed every Monday. Getty’s Red performed some magic tricks; Stanton’s Carl looked at trees, electric poles, and mortality; Dern made her   Twin Peaks debut as a character near and dear to fans’ hearts. (Or subscribe here.)

 
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Trailers From Hell rocks out with a week of music movies

Show Full Article “There a hundreds of cool music cues and thousands of arcane rock’n’roll references, for music geeks like me.”
Watch Arkush talk more about High Fidelity in the TFH trailer above. But also? Now, Joe Dante’s essential-for-film-fans website Trailers From Hell is showcasing Arkush’s knowledge of, and love for, all things rock with a week of commentaries on Oliver Stone’s Lizard King biopic The Doors, rock documentary Festival Express, and the John Cusack-starring comedy High Fidelity. There aren’t many directors who can claim the rock music bona fides of filmmaker Allan Arkush, who in the late ’60s worked as an usher at New York’s legendary Fillmore East venue and then put The Ramones on the big screen in his 1979 cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. “The real heart of this movie is the way it explains the workings of its true topic — immature, child-men,” says Arkush of the latter.

The Public Theater responds to Julius Caesar controversy after NEA dis

The show, which stars Gregg Henry as Caesar and Elizabeth Marvel as Marc Antony, notably features Caesar’s assassination — a fact which has led sponsoring companies, including Delta Airlines and Bank of America, to pull their support   and the   National Endowment for the Arts to disavow the production. The Public Theater has always been — and will remain — of, by, and for the people. Serious question, when does "art" become political speech & does that change things? (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 11, 2017

The controversy began when conservatives, including Fox News commentators and pundits, began decrying the similarities between Trump and the production’s portrayal of Julius Caesar. Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears… the Public Theater comes to thank you. https://t.co/JfOmLLBJCn
— Donald Trump Jr. The controversial take on Shakespeare’s Roman political thriller, which opened May 23, drew ire from Fox News and conservative pundits for its depiction of titular tyrant Julius Caesar as a blonde-haired, suited man who bears a striking resemblance to President Donald Trump. The theater has released a statement expressing gratitude for the “outpouring of support” following controversy over its   Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar. On Sunday, Delta declared that the production “crossed the line on the standards of good taste,” and Bank of America accused the Public Theater of presenting the play “in such a way that was intended to provoke and offend.”
However, the theater responded that Shakespeare’s classic play condemns assassination as a viable means of political revolt. pic.twitter.com/HkOKxFIKsT
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 12, 2017

The tweet comes soon after the National Endowment for the Arts’ statement on Monday, which explained that no NEA funds (which consist of taxpayer dollars) were given to support the production: “The National Endowment for the Arts makes grants to nonprofit organizations for specific projects. We continue to be guided by our values of openness, inclusion, and the conviction that in drama and democracy alike, the clash of opposing views leads to truth. In a statement posted to Twitter with the   hashtag #WeAreOnePublic, The Public Theater wrote, “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we have received around our free production of Julius Caesar. However, no   NEA funds have been awarded to support this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park production of   Julius Caesar   and there are no NEA funds supporting the New York State Council on the Arts’ grant to Public Theater or its performances.”
The statement from the NEA is particularly eyebrow-raising, given the fact that there is a long history of   Julius Caesar productions using the text to liken the titular tyrant to contemporary leaders, including a 2012 Actors’ Company production in which Caesar bore a resemblance to President Obama. The NEA statement may come as a rebuttal to a tweet from the president’s son, Donald Trump, Jr., asking, “I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers? Thank you for standing with us.”

#WeAreOnePublic. In the past, the New York Shakespeare Festival has received project-based NEA grants   to support performances of Shakespeare in the Park by the Public Theater. Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”

I wonder how much of this "art" is funded by taxpayers? Artistic director Oskar Eustis previously argued that the production does not condone violence against a leader, saying in a statement, “Those who attempt to defend democracy by undemocratic methods pay a terrible price and destroy their republic.”

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Hulu’s Emmy campaign sends Handmaids marching through L.A.

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— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) June 12, 2017

If you see them, tell them "Don't let the bastards grind you down." #HandmaidsTale #LosAngeles pic.twitter.com/Ne6G8CM9Kk
— The Handmaid's Tale (@HandmaidsOnHulu) June 12, 2017

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Some social media users wondered if the iconic but anonymous characters coming to life   foreshadowed the future of women’s rights. I'm obsessed with this show. The series, based on Margaret Atwood’s eponymous 1985 novel, details a dystopian future in which fertile women are forced to bear children to the new regime’s high-ranking officials and their wives, amongst other human rights violations. Well played @hulu @HandmaidsOnHulu P.S. #Handmaids crossing. #Praisebe #WestHollywood #hulu #fyc
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Repost from @jaymesv using @RepostRegramApp – OMG! Being guilted by a gaggle of #Handmaids and @jonathandbennett on Beverly Blvd and I am shook! The Handmaids came to the Valley! In a new “For Your Consideration” Emmy campaign   for   The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu sent women dressed in red dresses and white bonnets (the uniform of the titular job) traipsing around Los Angeles through the weekend and on Monday, the streaming service tells EW. People are screaming out the windows of their cars at them. It's real! Like this could actually happen in real life 😱#HandmaidsTale
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Show Full Article The brigade of handmaids marching in twos through West Hollywood is a creepy yet creative way to score Emmy nominations, which will be announced July 13. See the photos and reactions below, and catch the finale of the show on Hulu this Wednesday. If you haven't seen it start watching! Blessed be the fruit… of this Emmys campaign.

Thriller Happy Death Day has a killer twist — watch the teaser trailer

Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse) and written by Landon and Scott Lobdell. In the film, Jessica Rothe (La La Land) plays a college student who relives the day of her slaying until she discovers her killer’s identity. What would Groundhog Day have been in like if it involved less Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, and Stephen Tobolowsky and a whole lot more murder? That’s the question seemingly raised by Happy Death Day, the new upcoming thriller from Blumhouse, the folks previously responsible for Get Out, Split, and the Purge franchise. Ahead of that, you can watch a teaser trailer, above.  

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Emmy Watch: Why Billy on the Street got political in season 5

I am in every single frame and am heavily involved in the writing, producing, editing, and even the marketing of the episodes. And on top of that, there’s the physical and creative energy that it takes to perform as that character. This time it’s Margot Robbie, next year it’ll be someone else — that’s what we were satirizing, and it might be one of my favorite pop-culture-themed segments of the year. One issue that’s very close to my heart is gun-control regulations — I’m on the creative council of Everytown for Gun Safety, which is a great organization. Five seasons in, does creating this show get any easier? Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. We obviously never could have anticipated the outcome…but I knew that was going to be the main story. Show Full Article Are we betraying what this show is supposed to be about, which is this persona who is laser-focused, no matter what else is happening in the world, on pop culture and entertainment?” But [we decided that] five seasons in, he would have to be completely out of his mind to be ignoring politics this year in particular. I’ve always been interested in politics. With an exceptionally busy few months ahead — he’ll appear on four series this year alone — Eichner hit the pause button to look back on this adventurous season. The idea of an actress having a moment is an enduring theme. It’s difficult to make anything good, but this show [is particularly challenging] because it is so heavily improvised. The original idea for that segment came from a contributing writer on the show, David Litt, who’s brilliant and was one of President Obama’s speechwriters. It’s been five years’ worth of 90-degree summers in New York. In [past seasons], most of what we covered was pop-culture-based, but to ignore politics this year would’ve seemed completely tone-deaf. I really wanted to do something about gun safety, and the two of us hashed out that idea together. I’m really proud of that. To be honest, I was nervous about it. I don’t think that the segments would be as effective if they weren’t funny. On the other side of the spectrum, you had Rachel Dratch literally run, jump, and crawl through some of Margot Robbie’s 2016 accomplishments in “Escape Margot Robbie’s Moment.” What inspired that one? We did our own political take with Keegan-Michael Key all about the current gun-safety laws in this country and how limited they are to a shocking and dangerous degree. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What drove the decision to increase Billy on the Street‘s political commentary? Billy on the Street has always been about commenting on current events. At the same time, I thought even though I’m playing this ridiculous character, I want the show to reflect more of who I am. Were you worried about how fans might react to the show going in this direction? I always want to lead with comedy, even when it comes to more serious topics. Those turned out to be some of our most popular and acclaimed segments this year. I think this is something we should do, but will there be people who say, ‘Oh, shut up, just go back and talk about Meryl Streep movies’? If we lost a few people along the way, that’s okay because I know — and I see it now that we’re on the other end of it — we also gained a lot of new people. It looks incredible, and of course, Rachel Dratch is just hilarious every single second. A version of this story appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly,   on stands now and   available here. No. BILLY EICHNER:   Ninety-five percent of the show was shot before the election. The “Super Sloppy, Semi-Automatic Double Dare!” segment featured a gun-control-focused obstacle course where Keegan-Michael Key [with whom Eichner stars on the July 14 Netflix series Friends From College] had to legally collect as many guns as possible while on a tour of America. In fact, season 5 of Billy Eichner’s decibel-shattering truTV game show embraced it. 8), widening Billy’s scope was natural given his own interest in current affairs. This year, we did this huge obstacle course inspired by Double Dare, which I watched as a kid on Nickelodeon. Aside from accosting New York commuters with pop culture questions and mocking Hollywood, the comedian, 38, tackled weighty issues like gun control and immigration, but always with that trademark Eichner touch. For example, the quiz “Immigrant or Real American?” slyly made the point that beloved figures like Salma Hayek and Albert Einstein are immigrants while serial killers like Charles Manson and Jeffrey Dahmer are “real Americans.” According to Eichner, who also stars on Hulu’s Difficult People (season 3 premieres Aug. I have no qualms about saying this…but when it comes to Billy on the Street, it is without a doubt not only the hardest I’ve ever had to work, but I truly think it’s the hardest I will ever have to work. Not even Billy on the Street could ignore our tempestuous political climate. If you have the platform that I do, I think on some level you have a responsibility to use it for the issues that matter to you. When we were working on the gun obstacle course, I had numerous conversations with my creative team and the producers saying, “Hey, I really believe in this. It’s taken a lot out of me, but I also love it. How did you come up with that?

Will: Shakespeare’s pen clashes with the government’s sword in new trailer

It premieres Monday, July 10 at 9 p.m. That is the question… in the new trailer for TNT’s young William Shakespeare drama,   Will. But, that issue really won’t matter if there are no more theaters, which might happen if Queen Elizabeth I’s hateful torturer Richard Topcliffe (Ewen Bremner), a.k.a. “You all have created a place where a common man can become a king,” says Will to the Globe Theatre’s troupe in the dramatic trailer. As the trailer points out, this won’t be an easy task. We are at war, and our only weapons are words.”
The battle is on! Is the pen actually mightier than the sword? Will   — which will feature a modern soundtrack — also stars Olivia DeJonge (The Visit), Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels), Mattias Inwood (The Shannara Chronicles), Jamie Campbell Bower (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part I), William Houston (Sherlock Holmes), Lukas Rolfe (Fury) , Max Bennett, and Jasmin Savoy Brown (Stitchers). “The time has come for us to fight for what we believe in. Starring newcomer Laurie Davidson as the young bard,   Will follows Shakespeare as he pursues his dream of becoming a playwright by moving to London and entering the city’s rambunctious, over-stimulating, and punk rock theater scene. For one, some people initially resist Shakespeare’s penchant for creating new words (“You can’t just make up words!” “Someone must!” Will argues). ET/PT on TNT. “the most dangerous man in England,” gets his way. Show Full Article

Cars 3 doesn’t have that much going on under the hood: EW review

Only the second Pixar property after Toy Story to be anointed an extraordinary three-picture franchise, the trilogy is both empirically, undeniably successful and oddly hard to love. Animal, monster, mineral: If it can be found in the natural world—or summoned from a land of pure imagination—it must be fair game for Pixar’s pixie-dusted cinematic sorcery. But why, exactly? But they have a folksy, loose-limbed ease that feels like stark relief after the ­sterile dazzle of the high-octane stadium scenes, which are played for such straightforward NASCAR action that they seem almost documentary—a faulty cable box flipped to an ESPN highlight reel. More than two decades in, Disney’s once-scrappy computer-animation subsidiary (sprung, appropriately, from the house a mouse built) has become the 24-karat standard of all-ages movie magic: a gleaming, ergonomically curved wonderland of turquoise-furred beasts, enterprising ant colonies, talky plastic cowboys, and forgetful little tang fish. Can she teach an old Dodge new tricks? Left-field endearment hardly seems like a priority for Cars 3’s returning hero Lightning McQueen; he’s the alpha of automobiles, a revving motorhead built strictly for speed. Why do all the doors have handles if they don’t have hands? (It is essential here, apparently, to have the name of either a daytime soap villain or a very special guest on Baywatch Nights.) Cruz believes in Zumba-style warm-ups and EKGs; Lightning prefers the torque of true grit to spinning his wheels on a treadmill. It’s not as if other unlikely subjects haven’t transcended their eh factor before: Ratatouille made thousands root for a rodent sticking his tiny, germy vermin paws into haute cuisine; WALL·E somehow turned a barely verbal trash compactor into a poster bot for anthropomorphized bliss. The pair’s bonding sessions—and obligatory “just dream it!” life lessons—are hardly revelatory, or even especially engaging. And then there’s…Cars. In the midst of those technically impressive but narratively numbing stretches, the mind inevitably begins to wander, and wonder: Where do Cars babies come from? The deal also comes with an ambitious young trainer, Cristela Alonzo’s Cruz Ramirez. Are their hearts under the hood, or is that where the brains are? And so the sensei-grasshopper journey begins: to dirt derbies, juke joints, and beyond, with a few detours along the way to check in with old friends like Larry the Cable Guy’s dentally challenged Mater and the wise, tail-finned cohorts of McQueen’s late mentor Doc Hudson. It falls on his pragmatic better half, Sally (Bonnie Hunt), to intervene, forcing him to bootstrap his midlife crisis and make his way to Sterling (Nathan Fillion), a canny CEO with mud-flap millions and major plans. Instead, Fee steers Cars 3 like the sleek piece of movie machinery it is—a standard ride with a half-full tank, a gorgeous paint job, and not much at all under the hood. Can he show her how to ride outside the lines? Once their axels hit gravel, the script finally begins to settle into something less mindlessly metallic and more recognizably human. Sterling is a longtime fan, and willing to help rehabilitate him for one more race—quid pro quo, of course, for future product endorsements. (Though he is voiced, perversely, by the laconic Owen Wilson, who sounds more than ever like a lightly stoned koala bear.) As the story opens, the formerly unconquerable McQueen’s raison de drive is fading, along with his lap times; next-gen upstarts like Jackson Storm (an effortlessly condescending Armie Hammer) are coming up fast in the rearview mirror, and the industry is already beginning to treat him like last year’s model, soon to be headed for the elder-statesman scrap heap. After a spectacular flameout on the track, a humiliated Lightning retreats to the garage, trading in his candy-apple gloss for a dull coat of gray primer and a lengthy man-cave mope session. (The vehicles on this seemingly people-less planet have no visible interiors, literally or figuratively; make of that what you will.)
First-time director Brian Fee, whose résumé is stacked mostly with art-department credits, feels like a farm-team substitute for in-house superstars like Andrew Stanton (A Bug’s Life, WALL·E, Finding Dory) and Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up, Inside Out), the Pixar auteurs whose signature mix of visual wizardry, comic whimsy, and tenderhearted storytelling has come to define the company’s best films. B–

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See the first photo of Tyra Banks back on the ANTM panel

Cycle 24 is also set to mark another milestone in ANTM history, as an age limit was not imposed upon auditioning model hopefuls during the casting process. Apply Now, boo!!! “This has always been a passion of mine. Come back!’ I was like, ‘Ok, boo. I guess   Top Model   has normalized what difference is in beauty.”
ANTM cycle 24 is slated to air this December on VH1. #ANTM #tyrabanks #michellemockcasting #Tyrasback Send 3 photos, Name, Age, Height, Weight (all shapes welcome!) and your Contact Information to VH1TopModel@gmail.com. #antm24 #casting 18+ #ageaintnothingbutanumber Hope to see you soon! Come back!" I was like, "Ok, boo. Tyra Banks shared a first look at her grand return to the America’s Next Top Model panel Monday morning, posting to Instagram a snapshot of her posing next to cycle 23 holdover judges Ashley Graham, Drew Elliot, and Law Roach on the set of the show’s upcoming 24th cycle. I'm so excited about this!!! Mama’s back on top. “You were like, ‘Why’d you leave? You must be a U.S. It’s so nice to see it’s normalizing. I got you,’” Banks, who took a step back from her gig at the head of ANTM to let pop star Rita Ora lead the charge for 15 episodes as the long-running reality competition series transitioned from The CW to VH1 late last year, captioned the photo. 💛TyTy
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“In putting these girls on the show and saying, ‘You are beautiful,’ I wasn’t necessarily telling them they were beautiful; I was using them as a vessel to tell millions of girls around the world who looked like them that   they   were beautiful,” Banks told EW of her often unorthodox casting decisions   in an exclusive interview earlier this year. Show Full Article I got you." Back at @antmvh1 w/ my fierce crew 💛 #ANTM
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In March, Banks — who’s also currently serving as the host of the NBC star search   America’s Got Talent —   announced her return to the program she created back in 2003 (and has executive-produced ever since). “[I’m] back at [ANTM] w/my fierce crew.”

You were like, "Why'd you leave? Citizen! While she made two on-camera appearances across cycle 23, Banks’ tenure on cycle 24 will mark the first time she has formally officiated the model-on-model competition since December 2015.

Mary Poppins Returns: 5 homages to the original movie

The four dapper dancing birds return for a musical number that finds Mary and Jack leading the Banks children into an animated world inside a Royal Doulton bowl where, surprise, a grand music hall performance is about to take place. How do you make the cinematic experience of a new Mary Poppins sequel its own thing, and yet still have that bridge to the past, so you get the best of everything?”
Homages in director Rob Marshall’s film should be taken more as tips of the hat, not tantamount cornerstones to the DNA of the sequel. Family ties
If you couldn’t tell already, there are plenty of connections to be made between the characters of Mary Poppins Returns and their predecessors — 25 years will do that to a family. She’s still got her talking parrot-head umbrella, for one thing, made with animatronic love by Myrhe’s team. But costume designer Sandy Powell has also found a way to incorporate Mary’s propensity for avian nature into her hat game. “That street’s a good example of something that’s not, say, exactly Boom’s house, but the goal was that when people walked on it, they’d go, ‘Whoa, this feels like Cherry Tree Lane.’ We want people to feel like they’re seeing something they’ve seen before, but really seeing it for the first time.”
3. 2. (No, he does not share his accent.)
5. An animated musical number
Long live the penguins! Travers’ books, who had penciled out a full diagram of her vision of the park (bearing the names of book characters like Neleus and Nellie-Rubina). Yes, it may not have the treasured tranquility of Cherry Tree Lane or the gritty Oliver pizzazz of the streets of London, but it’s always been a dependable spot of greenery and adventure for Mary Poppins, and in this film, the park plays a significant role in tugging at heartstrings, especially once springtime lands. “Nothing is an exact reproduction, but it’s our version,” says production designer John Myrhe. “I thought of that little robin in the original ‘Spoonful of Sugar’ song…and we came up with a way to make these great little embroidered birds from thread.” (See if you can find it on our cover.)
RELATED: Go Behind the Scenes in Exclusive Mary Poppins Returns   Photos
4. Veteran Disney and Pixar artists are already at work animating the well-dressed antelopes, polar bears, gazelles, and conductor orangutans who populate the cartoon Victorian opera house, where Jack and Mary tap onstage alongside the real stars of the show: the four hoofing penguins named after Astaire, Hardy, Grant, and Chaplin. Producer Marc Platt sums up the film’s relationship between past and present fairly well: “What makes this all exciting is that there is a pedigree, there is a history, there is an expectation from an audience, and the challenge and the joy has been, how do you pay proper homage and respect to what is beloved, but infuse it with freshness, with your own personalities, be it in the score, in the design, or in the story? Still, there are more than a few little buried nuggets organically embedded in the story that will trigger your emotions when they go down in the most delightful way. Michael and Jane have chosen career paths that mirror their parents — he’s a banker, and she’s a union activist, which is as close to a Sister Suffragette follow-up as you can get — while Mary’s new costar Jack is a lamplighter who apprenticed as a child to a certain chimney sweep named Bert. To craft the public area, Myrhe’s team relied heavily on a map drawn in the ‘30s by Mary Shepard, the original illustrator of P.L. To read more on Mary Poppins Returns, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here. Myrhe then used it as a guide to create the park you’ll see onscreen, which includes an abandoned section that serves as a stomping ground and showplace for a big musical number featuring that noble group of lamplighters, the Leeries. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. RELATED VIDEO:   Inside the Whimsical, Magical Set of Mary Poppins Returns

1. While Disney’s 2018 sequel Mary Poppins Returns abounds with new material — a new story, new characters, new songs, and a whole new timeline that picks up on Mary Poppins and the Banks family 25 years later — there are still a handful of nods to the original 1964 film, because really, how could there not be? A tip of the hat to a tip of a hat
Certain fashions of Mary Poppins are never going to go out of style, even with a chic makeover in the 1930s. The park
You know what doesn’t get a good enough rap in the world of Mary Poppins? Like the curious little flower that popped up from the hat of Julie Andrews, “Rob wanted something quirky and memorable for [Emily’s] hat,” says Powell. Show Full Article The park. Admiral Boom (and his boat-themed abode)
The cannon-happy naval neighbor of the Banks family is indeed back — technically, he never left — and his ship-shape home on Cherry Tree Lane has received a careful update.

Tony Awards 2017: See all of the performances

The 2017 Tony Awards, however, managed just fine with numbers from nine shows, a self-deprecating but hilarious opener from host Kevin Spacey, and “New York, New York” performed by Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and the Radio City Rockettes. So if you’re looking bawl through Dear Evan Hansen‘s “Waving Through a Window,” catch all of Spacey’s theater kid in-jokes during the opening number, or you still can’t figure out what was happening during the Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 performance, here are videos from each of Sunday night’s performances. After nominees brought down the house with performances from Hamilton   and The Color Purple, 2016’s Tony Awards were a tough act to follow. Opener:

Come From Away

Miss Saigon

Falsettos

Dear Evan Hansen

Hello, Dolly! We wish we had a video of Bette Midler performing her titular role in Hello, Dolly!, but let’s be honest, that speech was a performance all its own. Groundhog Day

Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., and the Rockettes

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

War Paint  

Bandstand

Closer

 

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Hilarious new video showcases best Billy on the Street prizes

Some even got their gifts personalized. A new video rounds up all of Eichner’s best gifts, from Cotton Mandy Patinkin to potholders embroidered with   Brokeback Mountain quotes, and captures some of his guests’ best reactions. Orange Is The New Black   actress Uzo Aduba got her own Dr. Billy Eichner’s ability to generate spontaneous, impulsive energy with his celebrity guests on   Billy on the Street is second only to his ability to produce ever-more-outlandish presents for them. “This is amazing!” Tina Fey laughed in a mix of delight and shock when Eichner presented her with marionettes of the cast of   Transparent. Seuss book:   We’re Going to Cuba, Uzo Aduba! “Look at Judith Light!”
“Yes! Show Full Article Check out the full video above. Eichner’s gifts can range in substance, size, creativity, and effort. Finally, a puppet version of Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman,” Eichner said. While one guest just got $500 in cash, another got a personalized email reading from Charlie Rose.

From Bette to Colbert, watch the 5 most buzzed-about Tony Awards moments

He brought out Patti LuPone to perform a rendition of “The Curtain Falls,” which   was written for the entertainer   Bobby Darin, whom Spacey   portrayed in 2004’s “Beyond the Sea.”“As they say in this biz, that’s all there is, there isn’t any more,” the pair sang, while the rest of the evening’s winners swayed in unison behind them. production is supposed to have a four-year run, but reviews have not been kind. Bette Midler’s show-stopping (literally) acceptance speechThe iconic singer and actress, who made a Broadway comeback in the “Hello, Dolly!” revival, took home the penultimate award for lead   actress in a musical (her first-ever competitive Tony Award win). And they did.2. Could close early. Kevin Spacey’s not-so-same-old song and danceHaving made his Broadway debut 35 years ago and snagging a Tony of his own in 1991, Spacey   is certainly no stranger to the stage. 5. He is, however, somewhat of a stranger to the art of song and dance. “Dear Evan Hansen” won big”Dear Evan Hansen,” the gritty new musical by   Benj Pasek, Justin Paul   and Steven Levenson, picked up six awards, including the coveted Tony for   best new musical and   best leading actor, which went to 23-year-old Ben Platt for his performance in the show’s titular   role.“To all young people watching at home, don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody but yourself, because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful,” Platt said while accepting the award. This D.C. We don’t know, we don’t know. Even without a musical steamroller such as “Hamilton,” Sunday night’s   71st Tony Awards   at Radio City Music Hall in New York City still made headlines.From Kevin Spacey’s musical ventures to Bette Midler’s   wacky   acceptance filibuster, here are five of the most buzzed-about moments from the ceremony.1. A couple of problems: The main character is totally unbelievable, and the hair and makeup:   yeesh. 4. But that didn’t stop him from singing and dancing his way through the broadcast’s first 10 minutes in a medley of parody numbers based on current Broadway musicals. Best of luck to everyone involved.”3. “It started off-Broadway in the ’80s. Spacey   closed the show alongside Patti LuPone“Thank you so much, how was that show?” Spacey asked the audience before the final number. Even though Midler did not perform a song from the equally legendary   musical, she still managed to hijack the spotlight with an epic filibuster of an acceptance speech that clocked in at approximately 4 minutes and 15 seconds.”I’d like to thank all the Tony voters, many of whom I’ve actually dated,” Midler cracked.When the orchestra cut in mid-oration in a classic attempt to play her off stage, Midler didn’t miss a beat.”Shut that crap off,” she quipped. Latest updates Stephen Colbert threw some creative jabs at President TrumpAnnouncing the nominees for best musical revival (which “Hello, Dolly!” won),   “The Late Show” host lobbed some barbed digs at the president.”It’s been a great year for revivals in general, especially that one they revived down in Washington, D.C.,” said Colbert. Way off Broadway, over on 5th Avenue, huge production values.

Richard Linklater, Steve Carell dramedy Last Flag Flying to open New York Film Festival

28, followed by a domestic theatrical bow via Amazon Studios on Nov. Following three aging former Navy servicemen, Doc (Carell), Sal (Cranston), and Mueller (Fishburne), as they reunite for a cross-country road trip along the Eastern seaboard en route to burying Doc’s only child, who died in the early stages of the Iraqi invasion, Last Flag Flying   will have its world premiere   at the Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Sept. But to isolate its individual qualities is to set aside the most important and precious fact about this movie: that it all   flows   like a river. That’s only possible with remarkable artists like Steve Carell, Laurence Fishburne, and Bryan Cranston, and a master like Richard Linklater behind the camera.”
Last year, Ava DuVernay’s rousing prison documentary 13th   launched the 2016 festival, becoming the first nonfiction picture in history to kick off the NYFF. “It’s always special to be at the New York Film Festival, but to be premiering our movie on opening night, when you look at the half-century of films that have occupied that slot, is a wonderful honor,” Linklater, a five-time Oscar nominee for his work on films like 2014’s Boyhood, Before Sunset,   and Before Midnight,   said of the news via press statement. Previous NYFF openers include Academy-verified titles like David Fincher’s Gone Girl   (2014) and The Social Network (2010), Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips   (2013), Ang Lee’s Life of Pi   (2012), and Stephen Frears’ The Queen (2006). Show Full Article Tickets go on sale Sept. The 55th New York Film Festival runs from Sept. 28-Oct. Festival   director and chair of the selection committee, Kent Jones, added: “Last Flag Flying   is many things at once — infectiously funny, quietly shattering, celebratory, mournful, meditative, intimate, expansive, vastly entertaining, and all-American in the very best sense. 15. 10. The film went on to receive an Oscar nod for Best Documentary Feature. The New York Film Festival is raising up Richard Linklater’s latest film ahead of what could be a banner year for the American auteur. The Film Society of Lincoln Center announced Monday it will kick off the annual event’s 55th edition with Last Flag Flying, a Vietnam vet road movie set during the Bush era and starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne. For more information, visit the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website here. 17. VIP passes and packages are available now, with $50 discounts being offered through June 25.

Bachelor in Paradise not in jeopardy for now, despite investigation

8. The summer edition of the Bachelor franchise has a long history with ABC. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
Olympios was a fan favorite from the most recent season of The Bachelor with Nick Viall. Show Full Article We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. “The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given,” a source within the show told PEOPLE. Later that fall, Bachelor in Paradise was launched and Harrison — along with the familiar format and exotic destination — returned with it. Though production on the summer show was recently suspended and the cast was sent home from its Mexico location, ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey told EW exclusively that “Warner Horizon produces the show so we have to wait for them to conclude their investigation before any next steps.”
EW has confirmed that the incident involved Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson during the first week of production. Before Bachelor in Paradise, there was Bachelor Pad, which launched in August of 2010 from a tropical locale and featured contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette competing in an elimination-style format. Sources told PEOPLE that the two had been drinking heavily and that an alleged sexual encounter occurred without intervention by the crew. An investigation into an incident involving a male and female contestant has not jeopardized the future of Bachelor in Paradise on ABC — for now. Jackson is from the current season of The Bachelorette with Rachel Lindsay. After suspending the show, Warner Horizon released this statement: “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. Hosted by Chris Harrison, the show never made it to a fourth season amid rumors that it wasn’t a favorite of then-Disney-ABC TV Group President Anne Sweeney, who left in early 2014. The fourth season of show is scheduled to return Aug.

5 YA novels that should become television shows ASAP

Instead, both agents are attracted to   each other, something that could put both their lives in jeopardy. The only catch? And given that some popular picks (Maggie Stiefvater‘s   The Raven Boys, Nicola Yoon’s   The Sun Is Also a Star and Stephanie Garber’s   Caraval) are already making their way to either the small or big screens, this list comprises titles that have not been optioned quite   yet. He’s one of St.  

Show Full Article Kagawa’s easy mix of star-crossed love and tense, cat-and-mouse misdirection, along with a highly original world, would make for a riveting and action-packed series   — and one that could continue for a couple of seasons given everything that happens over the course of the four books. ‘Lois Lane: Triple Threat’ by Gwenda Bond
With Superman about to get his third live-action television show (after Smallville and   Lois & Clark), it’s only fitting that his partner-in-crime, Lois Lane, also gets a chance to step into the televisual spotlight. ‘The Love Interest’ by Cale Dietrich
Caden and Dylan are both highly trained Love Interests, teenage spies who attempt to get close to specific individuals and enter into long-term relationships with them so they have constant access to valuable secrets for the secret organization in which they both work. McManus
McManus’ page-turner of a debut novel rightfully earns its dual comparisons to   The Breakfast Club and   Pretty Little Liars thanks to its addictive blend of teen drama and constantly shifting mystery that sees five students go into detention, and only four emerge alive. As Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy try and figure out who was responsible for claiming the life of their classmate Simon, the founder of the school’s gossip app, they learn more about themselves and each other. Only as she begins to question her future with Talon, she meets Garret, a cute boy who happens to like her back. Ali
Ali’s book has been likened to My So-Called Life   with good reason. Think   Veronica Mars but set in Metropolis, with plenty of superheroic shenanigans. George, a group of hunters determined to kill all of their kind. Bond’s series of books   — all of which follow teenage Lois’ adventures after moving to Metropolis   — would serve as great source material for a potential series. ‘Saints and Misfits’ by S.K. But despite some of the darker aspects of Janna’s teenage experience, Ali’s light and effortless writing ensure that the audience gets to know the teen in all her photograph-taking, graphic novel-loving, Flannery O’Connor-admiring glory. ‘Legion’ by Julie Kagawa
The   fourth book in Kagawa’s   Talon saga (after   Talon,   Rogue,   Soldier)   sees a society of dragons (The Dragons of Talon) locked in a deadly battle with their mortal enemies, the Order of St. Order it here. ‘One of Us Is Lying’ by Karen M. From   Netflix’s   Series of Unfortunate Events and 13 Reasons Why   to   Starz’   American Gods and HBO’s Big Little Lies, readers are being treated this year to a range of television series that capture what they loved so much about the books   — sometimes with bonus content that allows viewers to glimpse the point-of-view of characters the novel may not have had so much room to flesh out. George’s most gifted soldiers and he’s been assigned to hunt her down. The series kicks off when Ember Hill, a young dragon, is assigned (along with her twin brother Dante) to blend in with human teenagers as part of her training. Not only do Bond’s books feature Lois working with a group of her student reporter friends to break stories for “The Scoop,” a subsidiary of the Daily Planet (her eventual employer), but she’s also got a rapidly budding online relationship with   Clark Kent SmallvilleGuy. Order it here. There’s only one slight problem: Neither of them is into Juliet, the girl they’re both trying to win over for fear of death (the one she doesn’t choose will die). With the book’s hint of forbidden romance, likable cast of characters, and compelling whodunnit,   One of Us Is Lying, would be the ideal binge after a season of   Riverdale. Order it here. With that in mind, EW has put together a list of recent (or soon to be published) young adult novels that are ripe for TV adaptations. There’s enough material in Dietrich’s novel to form the basis of a   Man From U.N.C.L.E.-esque series, but what would be particularly enjoyable to watch is to see two opposites   — Caden was trained to be the quintessentially nice Boy Next Door, while Dylan is the classic Bad Boy   — attract while still dealing with their various spy duties. Protagonist Janna could easily be the spiritual sister of Angela Chase as she deals with a whole host of teenage issues, including being as devout a Muslim as she can (she even wears a hijab), her crush on a classmate named Jeremy, living with her divorced mother and older brother, and attempting to get over being sexually assaulted by a member of her mosque’s community. But it isn’t just her alone, Saints and Misfits is populated with memorable characters, each of whom is begging to be brought to life in a miniseries adaptation. See also: My Mad Fat Diary. Order it here. Preorder it here.

Dan Stevens was excited to visit the Beast’s library while filming Beauty and the Beast

What scene was Dan Stevens most excited to recreate in Disney’s live-action version of Disney’s   Beauty and the Beast? -Dan https://t.co/GWKujDqhUB
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 12, 2017

Show Full Article In a Monday morning Twitter Q&A hosted by EW, Stevens told a fan that the library was his favorite scene to recreate from the original animated film. Though he’s risen to fame as an actor, Stevens has a strong background in reading and literature, previously serving as a member of the judging panel for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for fiction and writing as a columnist for   The Telegraph. The scene was one of the more jaw-dropping bits of animation in the 1991 original, and it came to have even more significance in this year’s remake with Belle and the Beast bonding over their love of Shakespeare and literature. Stevens also revealed that he wanted to make the film for his children. He wrote, ‘My favorite set to recreate was the library — I was excited to get to step into the real Beast’s library.”

My favorite set to recreate was the library—I was excited to get to step into the real Beast's library. My children. -Dan https://t.co/fcLbSyrU6M
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) June 12, 2017

In the film, the Beast famously gifts his immense library to the bookish Belle as the ultimate romantic gesture. It makes sense then that this bookish paradise that has long caused bibliophiles to swoon would be his favorite set. No, Stevens, who has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, could not wait to visit the Beast’s library. The actor has three young children and he told a Twitter follower that they inspired him to play the Beast. It wasn’t the Beast’s fight with Gaston or the iconic waltzing scene with Belle.

Three things we learned from Katy Perry’s weekend live stream, including ‘the one that got away’

That set will be live-streamed, of course.So far, the multiplatinum pop star has documented moments including a therapy session in which she discussed suicide and Taylor Swift; a conversation with Sia, Mia Moretti and   Dita Von Teese;   an intimate interview with James Corden about her love life;   rehearsals for her afternoon performance; and   healthy nights   of sleep.What? Perry clarified: “No, no, no. He’s not in there. No! This weekend while you cleaned   the bathroom, checked   your bank balance, got a parking ticket, waited   an hour for a mediocre brunch, wondered about   the future of the country, double-checked   your bank balance and/or downed   a few bottles of $10 Pinot, the pop star Katy Perry moved   into an apartment outfitted with dozens of cameras and   live-streamed her every movement.As part of the rollout for her new album, “Witness,” which came out Friday, Perry has granted fans access to her world across four nonstop days   that started on Thursday evening and will continue until a   Monday afternoon performance in Los Angeles. Latest updates During one posed moment while sprawled out on her daybed, Perry beckoned Muffin.As the tiny pup licked her face, Perry gushed,   “I love you so much. I’m not as strong as Katheryn Hudson.”After being assured by Singh that “Katheryn doesn’t have to be strong,” the pop star tried to explain: “People talk about my hair, right? I love you so much,” before adding, “Now my face smells like trash.”   Again, duly noted. “I forgive her, and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her,” Perry said, adding, “I   love her, and I want the best for her —   and I think she’s a fantastic songwriter.”Katy Perry ranked the sexual prowess of her former boyfriends — and regrets not pursuing Josh Groban.When late-night host James Corden   stopped by to play a game he called “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts,” Perry, wearing starred and polka-dotted pajamas and matching eye-mask, talked about her love life.The challenge: If she didn’t answer straight, Corden   would make her eat from a buffet that included scorpions, pigs feet, bird saliva and cow tongue.Katy Perry and Muffin (YouTube)Corden: “From best to worst in bed, rank John Mayer, Diplo and Orlando Bloom.”   Perry (swatting her napkin   on the table): “No! And they don’t like it, or they wish it was longer. No! Here are three highlights.(YouTube)Katy Perry sometimes wishes she weren’t Katy Perry, which is one reason why she cut her hair.In an emotional live therapy session with Siri Sat Nam Singh, star of the Viceland series   “The Therapist,” Perry confessed to having suicidal thoughts, wishing she weren’t famous and feeling exhausted by her public feud with Taylor Swift.Comparing her confident public persona with the woman born Katheryn Hudson, she said, “I’m very strong as Katy Perry. They’re all amazing lovers, and I want to have sex with all of them when I get out of this place.”   She then mentioned singer-actor Groban, throwing Corden   into a gossipy tizzy. You haven’t seen any of it?? And, like, I so badly want to be Katheryn Hudson that I don’t even want to look like Katy Perry anymore.”Later in the session, Perry opened up about her falling out with Swift. But I do want to say, people are like, ‘Who’s the one that got away?’ That’s Groban.”   Duly noted.Katy Perry loves her dogs Muffin and Nugget, but not their breath.Amid all the earth-shattering revelations that Perry fans have so far witnessed, the love she’s shown for her dogs has been heart-warming.