Stephen Colbert and Milo Ventimiglia pay tribute to ‘hot TV dads’ for Father’s Day

ET/PT on CBS. The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. The Late Show   host recruited the man who plays Jack Pearson, a.k.a. Show Full Article It's officially Father's Day Weekend, and we're kicking off the festivities with two of TV's hottest dads. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/hECdWNVP7R
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) June 16, 2017

Stephen Colbert is a man with a lot on his mind. Check out the video that will leave Ventimiglia sleeveless, and you breathless — if hot TV dads are your thing. Super Dad on   This Is Us,   Milo Ventimiglia to pay tribute to this “desperately overlooked” genre of fathers, and, if you don’t mind, Colbert would like to lump himself into that category as well, right alongside Coach Taylor, Sam Bennett, Jaime Lannister, and, sure, Bob Belcher. There are pressing issues that he often feels a need — nay, a duty — to discuss, and what’s on that socially conscious mind today is no exception: Hot TV Dads.

Connecticut NBC station won’t air Megyn Kelly interview with Alex Jones

Because those wounds are understandably still so raw, we have decided not to air this week’s episode of Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly. “Tune in Sunday.”

Show Full Article EW has obtained an internal memo from WVIT, which serves the Hartford/New Haven-area market where Sandy Hook Elementary is located. “Despite Alex Jones’ efforts to distract from and ultimately prevent the airing of our report, we remain committed to giving viewers context and insight into a controversial and polarizing figure, how he relates to the president of the United States and influences others, and to get this serious story right,” the statement read. In response, NBC released a statement Friday that confirmed the Jones interview will go forward as planned. NBC News would not comment. On Thursday, Jones threatened to post the entire interview with Kelly, though he only ended up posting his pre-interview conversation with her. Sandy Hook families have pressed NBC to pull this Sunday’s broadcast, the third airing of Kelly’s new show since she joined the network from Fox News. Here is a copy of the memo that was distributed internally at WVIT:
Whenever there is news regarding the Sandy Hook tragedy, we know that the pain resurfaces for our community, our viewers and for you, our colleagues at WVIT. We have considered the deep emotions from the wounds of that day that have yet to heal. An NBC-owned station in Connecticut is refusing to air Megyn Kelly’s now-infamous interview with Alex Jones, who has previously claimed the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax. For those in our viewing area who still wish to see the show, it will be available Monday on NBCNews.com. We will continue our local coverage, including a special report on our Sunday 11pm newscast, which includes Sandy Hook parents, Governor Malloy and others who work to affect change around violence and mental illness. Over the last few days, we have listened intently to Sandy Hook parents, our viewers and importantly, to you.

A Twin Peaks Podcast mailbag: Dougie, Diane, and a new theory of time

He tells her there is “supposed to be something   happening here   tonight.” She tells him: “Watch carefully.”   And she tells him to come by her house afterward, for coffee and pie. Okay, 99 percent. What I am finding extremely fascinating right now is that with the announcement of the return, I am finding out 25 years later that there is a whole giant group of us that exists that I somehow didn¹t really know about. I have a bit of a different take than you guys on the guy staring into the box that I thought you might find interesting. Still, I got pretty crazy with pop-spotting in my   Lost work, and I find myself resisting it, or trying to minimize it, in my current recapping: I fear cluttering the minds of readers of stuff they shouldn’t consider, especially when it comes to shows that are confusing enough. There must be a reckoning with Dirty Cooper, and the nature of that reckoning is elusive. I just realized that Twin Peaks star Madchen Amick was on Gossip Girl in season 2. He has a platonic concept of ideas that they are real but in another place, and your mind is like a net and can go and get them and make them real in this world. Cooper uses gravity boots in the morning to think. Or maybe the Leland doppelgänger is lying. He took me aback when we first encountered him in Part 3. 3) I want to hug David Lynch, and I want to punch David Lynch. Rage cannot help us. I can’t tell you how many comics, movies, sci-fi novels and episodes of The Twilight Zone   that I saw — or thought I saw — in episodes of   Lost. I love that Lorraine has   a theme song. Frank Silva) although I’m really enjoying just letting whatever David Lynch has in store wash over me. After he buys a new ice pick. I am disappointed that the bar isn’t named for Max Von Sydow. At the one-third mark in the season, we figured now was the great time to dig into the mailbag. Cruise was the Roadhouse singer whose music haunted the original run of Twin Peaks, and this album cover art looks rather suggestively like a certain tree who used to be a man…
In conclusion, speaking as someone who thinks the first two seasons of Gossip Girl are in the TV Hall of Fame, I am excited to check out Amanda and Becky Talk About Gossip Girl! All that said, I get the sense the audience reached a tipping point with Dougie in Part 6. Watch the cast discuss the show’s odd universe and the upcoming revival in the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) special EW Reunites: Twin Peaks here, or download the app on your favorite mobile and streaming devices. I think the idea is that Diane’s relationship to Cooper is analogous to Max’s role as “faithful servant” to Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. There are three Agent Coopers, maybe more. We follow the path of his flashlight, as we begin to see the red curtains appear.   Does this give David Lynch more artistic freedom? It’s late.”
This sequence comes right in the middle of several scenes set in Buckhorn — between the cops coming to take Matthew Lillard into prison (“But the Morgans are coming for dinner!”) and the cops interrogating him   and then returning to Matthew Lillard’s house. So after 6 episodes of the new season, I think I’m read for Cooper to come back. But rewatching that part of the premiere, it seems equally possible that the box was designed for a different purpose. But I certainly think you’ve articulated the best way to enjoy the mad entertainment that is   Twin Peaks, at least at present. I’m hoping we get more of Bob within the series (R.I.P. His blankness and flux capture a transitional period for male characters on TV. And to achieve this, we must begin to understand ourselves, and each other.”   The opening narration of “The Bellero Shield” could be seen as a motto for any Black Lodge monster. You’ve got questions about Twin Peaks? Listening to your two episodes post the debut, I also had a thought about what happens to a television show where the viewers are experts? “The planet Earth is a speck of dust, remote and alone in the void. Leland does indeed kill Laura — but while he appears to be possessed. When he gets distracted, he misses out on very important things, such as Cooper and the manifestation of something that is perhaps very sinister. I was projecting 90 percent of them, of course. I probably watched Twin Peaks maybe a year after the American release (I was living in a suburb of London at the time) and with no internet, and having only four television channels, I somehow missed any of the fan culture that was happening around Twin Peaks. At the same time, I hope we don’t see   so   much of The Black Lodge that it loses its mystique. Presumably, Ike the Spike will be after Agent Cooper next. Mysteries sprout new mysteries. Are the two “times” happening in reverse order of each other, with Cooper going forward and getting older, with BOB heading towards his roots in Twin Peaks past? On one hand, I can’t believe we’re going to get much more of the great Frank Silva (R.I.P.), and so I suspect we will see Bob in some new form. And also, if Phillip Jeffries isn’t Phillip Jeffries, who is he? But Fire Walk With Me also had a scene where a Bob-possessed Leland goes to the Red Room, where he splits into both Bob and Leland. What if it turns out the anonymous billionaire is Carter Baizen??? 4) When you talk about “Nez Perce”, make sure you pronounce it properly: “Nay Pair-SAY.” It’s French for “pierced nose.” —Phil Mahoney
JEFF RESPONDS:
Two emails that tell the tale of Dougie Jones, the Cooper no one was expecting and not everyone wants to keep. The Arm’s doppelgänger sent Dale on a trip through space; perhaps there is a white-eyed One-Armed Man walking around in there, too.)
And remember: We actually saw a Leland doppelgänger in the season 2 finale, who said, “I did not kill anybody.” We can interpret that to mean, maybe, that Bob didn’t need Leland’s doppelgänger (Leland himself was a willing vessel). In the case of Leland, it seemed that Bob was controlling him but only came out, say, 10 percent of the time. Over the past couple weeks, there’s been mention that Dougie was prone to “episodes” of being “disoriented” even before Dougie Jones was replaced in this realm of existence by Eraserhead Cooper. Jeffries. Sunset Boulevard seems like an urtext for Lynch, an early vision of inside-Hollywood showbiz horror. I confessed in my recap to feeling torn. But   I have to admit that I am so excited about hearing people talk about Twin Peaks   and about seeing familiar faces and just about the existence of a new season that it’s hard to just focus on the story of the new season. Can he go deeper into his mythology because he¹s dealing with experts? It’s Dirty Cooper and Jeffries in partnership. But why do we want to see that? Then, we see Hawk bring case files into the conference room. 2) However, it’s actually therapy for me. Now, maybe Hawk has a funny definition of “late.” And maybe this is a big clue for something I should have been thinking of from minute one: the different settings are not all following the same chronological time. The hottest take I have is that everything in this new season so far is “Real,” whatever that means in the context of Twin Peaks‘ various dimensions. And so, sometime soon, we will see this Hawk scene from another angle. I am curious! Or maybe LynchFrost really wanted Ray Wise to appear in the finale, so they gave him white contact lenses and said, “Say something crazy backward.”
So, where does all this leave us? It flares with the noble flame, and by its light, Man has traveled from the caves of darkness to the darkness of outer space. Um, like, David Bowie, question mark? Which somehow leads to my big question about this season — which questions do we NOT want answered? The Black Lodge. (You can subscribe and listen to past episodes here.) Listeners have been filling our inbox with questions, concerns, clarifications, theories, and at least one selfie. He talks to Andy and Lucy, and when they go off on a long tangent about their son, Hawk says: “Lucy. The voice on the phone seems to be threatening Dirty Cooper, saying that he will be going back into the Lodge. I also think Dougie participates in the show’s interrogation of nostalgia in the broader context of the show’s thematic interest in mortality. In Sunset Boulevard, Max serves various strange purposes in Norma’s life. Now, here’s another strange thing. Is [insert name of new younger character] the child of [insert name of beloved original series character]? There are powers in the universe inscrutable and profound. Phil, I’m with you: I like how Dougie forces me to slow down and just sit with him. Just the profoundly simple and despicable idea that this is a guy who’ll do anything to survive — who sees people as tools and equipment, things to use and abuse for his own flourishing — tells me everything I need to know. Literally all we have to go on is the statement that Sam tells Tracey that the glass box facility was built by an “anonymous billionaire.”
Some people have emailed saying that the Billionaire is Ben Horne, based on the fact that in Ben’s single scene so far, he makes a reference to “Mrs. (“Investigate Something In Twin Peaks, Already!” seems to be the rallying cry.) I wonder if, with this throwaway bar name, Lynch and Frost are cluing us into some deep melancholy. I think it comes later in the story — AFTER he has followed the clues back to Glastonbury. 2. I think it means that, for Dale Cooper, there are two major Bossfights coming this season. That was a flash forward. But when this passion becomes lust, when its flame is fanned by greed and private hunger, then aspiration becomes ambition — by which sin the angels fell.” Looking forward to watching both episodes soon. It’s not entirely clear to me that Dirty Cooper is working with Jeffries —   and, for that matter, Dirty Cooper doesn’t even seem to think Jeffries is Jeffries. Maybe he’ll be another tree with a mouth! How are the doppelgängers   created? Lorraine reports the failure to… who do we know in South America? Or does TV try to evolve toward something new, complex, real? I’ll be perfectly content if LynchFrost leave the details to our imagination. She hired two incompetent fools; they failed. Following the assumption that David Lynch thinks Fire Walk With Me is the most important narrative foundation for this season, Hawk discovered the last lost diary pages from Laura Palmer, where she marked down a very specific message that she received from a dream visitor: “THE GOOD DALE IS IN THE LODGE AND HE CAN’T LEAVE.”
Why is this theory exciting? Fear cannot save us. Many people have theorized that everything Dougie-related is a dream sequence or another corner of the Red Room. (If you haven’t gone back to Parts 1 and 2, I highly recommend it.) And I noticed something interesting, which lead to a theory I have termed “The FlashHawkward.”
In Part 1, we see Hawk receive a phone call from the Log Lady. Dirty Cooper, in conjunction with Phillip Jeffries (or someone posing as Jeffries) constructed the glass box as a trap for Agent Cooper. Show Full Article You can send your big ideas to   twinpeaks@ew.com. Travis, the thing I love most about your email is its sincerity. This is all to say: I thought that the Agent Cooper we saw at the end of the Twin Peaks season 2 finale was our beloved Agent Cooper, inhabited by a demon. I do think Nathan’s right to draw a line between the Black Lodge Technology —   what Jeff has referred to as “magic technology,” these weird devices that Dirty Cooper carries with him (and his weird ability to hack all electricity, as seen in his prison phone call). In fact, he is right where we left him in his second scene: In the conference room with Andy and Lucy, going through files. Fading silent film star Norma Desmond (played by fortunately-less-fading silent film star Gloria Swanson) could be the distant matriarch of some of Lynch’s most memorable heroines. Then Duncan Todd gets the order to send Ike The Spike. And the collapse of Norma’s true personality into her celebrity persona link her to Nikki Grace, the actress Laura Dern plays in Inland Empire. And speaking of trees with mouths, a shout-out to listener Trey, who pointed us to this Julee Cruise album art. Houseman and her New York friends.” Nathan’s idea builds off another New York reference from the finale: When Dirty Cooper is talking to Jeffries in Part 2, Jeffries says, “I missed you in New York.” My own ludicrous theory is that the billionaire is John Justice Wheeler, the wonderfully inessential but perfectly dressed character played by Billy Zane in season 2. – Mike Smith
DARREN RESPONDS:
Great catch, Mike! I don’t recall seeing “The Galaxy Being” (which was the first episode of the original series) or “The Bellero Shield” (the 20th episode of season 1), but I want to after reading about them over at Wikipedia. Others, like Myst, are #DieDougieDie. Listening to the both of you talk about Twin Peaks reminds me so much of the analysis and the rewatching that my friend and I did in high school, and I love it. -The explosive device under Dougie’s car. We’ve got answers! But also, why would Phillip Jeffries want to harm Dale? But I quickly warmed to Dougie and the humanizing comedy and themes that came with him. Both episodes tell stories about reckless scientists who pull down strange entities from other planets or dimensions to Earth via illicit experiments, with “The Galaxy Being” serving as a rumination on God and the afterlife and “The Bellero Shield” being a Macbeth-inspired tale that’s something of a fall myth. (Recipe: 1 part Cointreau, 1 part lemon juice, 2 parts cognac, garnish with 3 teaspoons of garmonbozia.)
I was a devotee back in the day — Twin Peaks happened in my high school years, and I was obsessed and read the secret diary and even listened to the tapes of Agent Cooper that they released somewhere in there. It almost seems that Leland was present but was hidden behind the thick cloud that was Bob. Norma’s La La Land dreams suggest a more decadent Diane Selwyn. It sounds very Memento, and it adds further complexity to the problem of figuring out how Dirty Cooper and Dougie/Dale are linked together. “There is a passion in the human heart which is called aspiration. LynchFrost should tread carefully if they feel a need to explain what The Black Lodge means and how it works. Leland only comes to this realization later in a sort of repressed memory moment. I’m curious if you think this is a progression of Bob between Leland and Dirty Cooper or if this is another facet of Bob’s control over a human “host.” Perhaps neither of these are correct, and this is just another case entirely. I’m not sure I can quite wrap my head around the idea of two times moving in reverse of each other. Leland, if I’m remembering correctly, didn’t really have a doppelgänger. Okay, so we want to see Agent Cooper again. One of you mentioned how you think “Dirty Cooper” isn’t really Bob, but maybe Bob is lurking somewhere deep within him or just a part of him. Is Amanda Seyfried playing the new Laura Palmer? Some of you are all-in on Twin Peaks being all about Dougie. But I’m still not convinced. –Jon Morel
Darren Responds:
This is a wildly ambitious attempt to express some heavy fourth-dimensional multi-plane geometric storytelling in 152 words. But Jon’s idea about various timelines was in my head this week when I went back and rewatched the two-hour season premiere. We must see the stranger in a new light — the light of understanding. For example: meditation, going deeper by “catching the big fish,” etc. —Becky Savitt
DARREN RESPONDS:
It’s clear to me now that I completely misunderstood the finale of Twin Peaks. What was that black box in Buenos Aires? That scene could be a clue to the grander pretzel-time arc of these opening episodes: the possibility that different sequences are taking place at different points in the story’s time. Robot, Legion   and other shows that are clearly influenced by so much pop culture, that internalize so much pop culture in their story and style. To echo something Jeff just wrote: Would Cooper becoming Cooper be a step backward? But the stakes are rising on his continued presence. #DieDougieDie —Myst from Chicago
Stray thoughts as I watch Twin Peaks:   1) I feel like I’ve been watching Coop as Dougie for 17 years of my life. I was engaged by the ideas he represented — the critique of American materialism and busyness, the value of innocence, and the metaphor for David Lynch himself, which I explored in detail in my recap of Parts 3 and 4. He walks to Glastonbury Grove, gets the phone call from the Log Lady. Problematic part of this theory: This seems to make all of the Dougie storyline into a weird spirit-trip-dream, and I don’t want it to be a weird spirit-trip-dream. Hawk, of course, is going to Glastonbury Grove. But you, dear reader, should never, ever hesitate to clutter   my   mind with these possibilities. Now, the precise details of that “possession” were always a bit vague. I think episode 6 conclusively closed the loop on the mysterious billionaire. It’s certainly not “late” —   and south two time zones ahead of Washington. Maybe it happens when a human walks into the Lodge, or maybe the doppelgängers are always there. Fire Walk With Me walked back that idea   and gave Ray Wise the opportunity to add even freakier shades to Leland. After the death of Leland, the show’s characters even had an explicit conversation about that vagueness. (This last part makes little sense, I know.)
Could explain, somewhat, how agent Cooper can dream of Laura before meeting her. We’ve been busily digging into the show on A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks, which is a podcast about Twin Peaks. I’m seeing myself in him. I think the electronic wraith (I don’t think it’s Laura) that killed the young lovers was supposed to telescope into that floating way station after Cooper and get him. The closing narration of “The Galaxy Being” expresses themes of cosmic horror and humanism shared by   Twin Peaks. In Fire Walk With Me, the Man From Another Place says the same thing. Keith Uhlich pointed this out in his MUBI recap. How do you succeed when in some ways, your audience is more expert than you? —Shoko Kambara
JEFF RESPONDS:
Shoko Kambara wrote us a long, lovely letter (thanks!) that gave us an interesting question to ponder: “Which questions   do we NOT want answered?” I immediately think of two things:
1. Cooper has just fallen through the Black Lodge, cursed to “nonexistence” by the Arm’s doppelgänger. The Patrick Fischler character (“Duncan Todd”) who says, “I hope you never work for a man like that” is talking about Dirty Cooper. And there must be a further reckoning with Bob. Let nothing distract us from that quality of engagement! We’re suffering from anti-hero exhaustion, but where do we go from here? Could Dirty Cooper actually end up being Bob at the end, and then that Cooper/Bob goes back to the lodge and reverses direction? Am I the only one who thought the New York sequences in the first hour played like a mash-up of two episodes from the first season of The Outer Limits, “The Galaxy Being” and “The Bellero Shield”? Lynch puts great value on taking the time to sit and observe. My take on this is that the patient and observant person will solve whatever is happening in the world of Twin Peaks, and I’d bet that is going to be Cooper. The first two seasons were surprises and new information, but now, most of us Twin Peaks fans have watched the first two seasons multiple times and have had over two decades to think about it. I completely get what you mean. The Sunset Boulevard link also complexifies our understanding of what this show is doing with Agent Cooper. I dig Dougie. (The voice also says “I will be with Bob again.” I’ve got a theory about that, but I’ll save it till next week.)
I’m intrigued by Nathan’s idea that the box was designed to “trap” Cooper. I’m captivated by the weirdness of this otherworldly place and its supernatural denizens, and I hope we see more of it as the series progresses. I dig pondering these possible connections, and at very least, they provide an opportunity to revisit or experience for the first time some classic, essential television. I want Dougie to be Tony Soprano going to Las Vegas and doing peyote, not Tony Soprano dreamlifing as optics salesman “Kevin Finnerty” in Costa Mesa. So, an easy solution: Dale will somehow be transported to Glastonbury Grove, like the transporting Phillip Jeffries in the Fire Walk With Me deleted scenes. Bob only appears briefly (as you mentioned when Dirty Cooper is looking at himself in his jail cell), but all Dirty Cooper’s actions are motivated by this evil force, and he is completely cognizant of the fact that Bob is present. I just wanted to point out that “Max Von’s Bar” is probably not a reference to Max Von Sydow but almost certainly a reference to Max Von Mayerling, the character played by Erich Von Stroheim in Sunset Boulevard (which is also, of course, the source of the name Gordon Cole). —Travis
JEFF RESPONDS:
Only in the world of   Twin Peaks   (and many horror films) would choosing sex over gazing into a big glass box and waiting for magic to happen be considered “a tragic mistake.” Kidding. Hawk points his flashlight DIRECTLY at the camera, seems to meet our gaze…
…and then we are inside the Red Room, and the first thing we hear is the One-Armed Man saying: “Is it future, or is it past?”
Now, curiously, the NEXT time we see Hawk — Hawk’s fourth scene in this season — he makes no reference to Glastonbury Grove. He definitely takes his orders from someone from the Black Lodge, as evidenced by what I’m calling the Black Lodge Technology — the magical black and red devices seen throughout the show:
-The surveillance cameras and equipment in New York. I know these are just fictional characters that aren’t real but…I’d really like to see Dougie suffer a slow, horrible, painful death. If   Twin Peaks   wants to fill in the blanks here, I’ll take the backstory. In fairness, “confusion” seems to have been the mission statement of that episode. (We should note that the Black Lodge denizens have their own doppelgängers. As Vikram Murthi argues at   Vulture, there’s something delightfully subversive and correctively disruptive about making a character like Dougie the organizing element and chief protagonist of a television show right here, right now. There’s something paternal about him, and whimsically romantic; he was her director and her husband, and now he lives in thrall to her, maintaining her illusions (and keeping her alive.) The connection could confirm that Diane and Cooper were romantically linked at some point —   which would itself reference back to Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan’s romance in Blue Velvet. He arrives at the Sycamore Trees, the curtains appear — and then Dale Cooper emerges from out of the Red Room, the hero returned to Twin Peaks. Alvin Straight in The Straight Story says, “It’s amazing what you see when you’re just sitting.” Lynch… has said “ideas are the best thing going” on many occasions. Smashing out of the box and killing those lovers gave Cooper a head start. Is it possible that the nefarious forces in the Lodge —   let’s link Jeffries and Dirty Cooper with Bob and the Arm’s doppelgänger — wanted to send Cooper sailing through infinite space, and the Glass Box actually rescued him, accidentally? Was Bob a physical manifestation of Leland’s evil? Not even sexy beaus baring coffee… and   other temptations. What if the Red Room scenes are actually shown backwards, where Cooper would be the one actually doing reverse speech, which could explain why he doesn’t speak backwards;, Laura is FALLING toward the Lodge instead of getting away from it, and the arm turns into the tree that turns into the MFAP? Will Diane’s arrival “save” Cooper —   or will it somehow entrap him? I always find that the occult mythology of mystery-driven, supernaturally framed TV serials becomes less vibrant and too simplistic as it passes from ambiguity and abstraction toward clarity   and concreteness, and it never winds up as coherent as you want it to be. We should remember the very first words we heard inside the Red Room this season: “Is it future… or is it past?” That question was asked by the One-Armed Man, and was an echo from another unstuck-in-time dream sequence. I guess what I’m saying is: I still have no idea who the anonymous billionaire is, but I believe fervently he’s a man who likes to wear baggy sweaters tucked into his pants. The story will not be about concrete resolution, though I think it will be more about the process of observation that matters. There are creatures like Bob, the Giant, the One-Armed Man, and the Arm, who live in the Lodge. But I (and I think a lot of people) assumed that we were seeing a variation of BOB’s “possession” of Leland Palmer. I hope The Black Lodge forever remains something we interpret and debate. I salute you, Jon! —Robert Getz of Pennsylvania
JEFF RESPONDS:
I love questions like this, because this is exactly how my pop-soaked brain works, too, for better, for worse. As we discussed in our episode about season 2, that vagueness was equally tantalizing and frustrating; read one way, it almost seemed to pardon Leland, or at least suggest that his actions weren’t entirely his own doing. There’s just great pleasure to be had in paying close, active attention to the sounds and images, moods and ideas that Lynch and his collaborators are artfully putting on the screen, as well as reflecting on them, talking through them, and being careful about coming to conclusions about them. — Nathan Alexander, Los Angeles
DARREN RESPONDS:
The identity of the Anonymous Billionaire is probably the single most-discussed and least-nourished mystery of the season. (Dern also plays three or four other characters in Inland Empire; tragically none of them are named Dougie.)
I’m intrigued by Mike’s idea that Diane is Cooper’s version of Max. We should perhaps separate the Black Lodge denizens into two distinct species. Is that how the ring gets BACK on the pedestal? I can roll with Dougie as long as Lynch and Mark Frost can keep him interesting. Dougie before Dougie-Cooper. And since then, Hawk has continued this process, digging into files, following “clues.”
That scene of Hawk walking through the woods? I was really hoping we’d get a cameo from a playing-himself Max Von Sydow, mixing Diane and Albert a couple of his world-famous Max Von Sydecars. I’m crying just thinking about it. Perhaps it’s more effective to have Bob work through a doppelgänger who is purely evil while Leland was complex in motivations and overall behavior (and had a moral compass). And I think these teases of Cooper’s consciousness might be more interesting and compelling if they built upon each other, if they suggested that Cooper was coming back by degrees. It’s becoming clear that this is something very different: He is a distinct character, currently sharing a body with Bob. I think the man sitting and staring at the box [made] a tragic mistake. Thanks for taking the time to read this, guys. I agree with this to a certain extent, but I’m curious on how you interpret Bob’s “control” of Leland. Seeing that I’m not who I’m supposed to be, not doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Remember, we know for a kinda-fact that the premiere had   another flash forward: that opening moment between Agent Cooper and a character who   could be the Giant. Like Jeff was just saying, we’re all excited at this point for Cooper to be Cooper again. Dirty Cooper hires Duncan Todd to hire Lorraine “the worrier” to take out Dougie. These nods to Dougie’s past invite us to wonder what Dougie used to be like and how Dirty Cooper (who allegedly “manufactured” Dougie as a dummy version of himself) made him and used him over the years. I don’t know if The Parable of the Glass Box was meant to foreshadow the kind of heroism that Cooper will employ to bring order to the mad world of Twin Peaks, USA. In fact, it’s possible that everything we’ve seen in Twin Peaks is a flash forward, taking place after the events surrounding Dirty Cooper and Dougie. Who is the anonymous billionaire financing the glass cage in New York? However, in the case of Dirty Cooper, it seems that this is almost the opposite. He’s talking to Dale Cooper, kind of, but also to Laura Palmer, kind of:   two characters who have never properly met, yet who seem linked together in eternity. But I am wondering if they are drawing out Dougie — and delaying Cooper’s full restoration — simply to fill the time the show must fill. The next time we see Hawk — his third scene in the new season — he is walking through the woods. Subscribe to A Twin Peaks Podcast: A Podcast About Twin Peaks – on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts – to unwrap the mysteries in EW’s after-show every Monday during the Showtime revival. She tells him that something is missing; it’s from 25 years ago, and it has to do with Dale Cooper and Hawk’s heritage. There’s validity to this kind of analysis when it comes to Lost, Twin Peaks, Mr. Because it seems to demand a follow-up scene, where Hawk takes Dale Cooper to have coffee and pie with the Log Lady. Or just Leland himself, a bad man exploring the deepest sub-basements of inhumanity? Now – let’s talk Dougie!!! He gets a phone call from the Log Lady. This means we are just one Sebastian Stan cameo away from a Gossip Girl hat trick! -Dirty Cooper’s little recording devices
-The black box in Buenos Aires
These devices are the hallmark of Dirty Cooper/Jeffries and people who work for them. A demonic representation of ALL evil? … He doesn’t appreciate what is right there: an opportunity to sit and stare and benefit from it. I wanted my Classic Cooper, dammit! And there are doppelgängers: white-eyed darkside doubles of humans like Dale. Leland passively watched while Bob did the damage. Instead, right now, they just feel like teases, which makes me sympathetic to the complaint of some that the show is meanly trolling the audience. I think Kyle MacLachlan’s performance is just wonderful, and Dougie’s slowness makes him a perfect subject for Lynch’s long-take observational/absurdist comedy. In the first six hours of the Showtime revival, we’ve been given a sprawling global narrative, flipping across time zones, between dimensions. Hell, it might even be a constant boomerang effect, allowing Bob to be the constant with the palindromic name. All of these scenes happen   in broad daylight. Would moving backward, to recover elements of classical genre heroism, be worthwhile? Is he meant to be a Norma Desmond, a declining vision of a nostalgic past, a falling star? Or, probably, more questions. And I think I understand about half of what you’re getting at. But I don’t feel the show needs to satisfy that curiosity about Dougie history or Dougie mechanics in order for me to understand or enjoy Dirty Cooper. And why would Hawk go to Glastonbury? Dougie has also been a vehicle for artfulness that’s worth our praise.

Will Ferrell reveals original Anchorman plot focused on plane crash, killer orangutans

Anchorman became a cult classic and spawned a 2013 sequel. Brick may have killed a guy with a trident, but he and the rest of the Channel News 4 Team were almost the victims of   orangutans and Chinese throwing stars. And Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) keeps saying things like, ‘Guys, I know if we just head down we’ll hit civilization.’ And we keep telling her, ‘Wrong.’ She doesn’t know what we’re talking about. Meanwhile, Anderson scored three Academy Award nominations for his next film, 2007’s   There Will Be Blood. “And he sat down with us and he was like, ‘I read that August Blowout.’ He’s like, ‘What if you guys wrote whatever you wanted to write, and I would shepherd it for you and kind of find out how to make it?’ We were like, ‘We’d do it. Part of the difficulty may have been tied to the outrageous original plot of the film about the San Diego-based news team. Listen to the full interview above. So that was the first version of the movie.”
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That’s quite a difference from the final version, which centered on the all-male local news team of Ron Burgundy (Ferrell), Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), Champ Kind (David Koechner), and Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) dealing with the addition of a female anchor in Corningstone. The initial plot was so strange, it was even too much for Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson, who had been a fan of Ferrell and Adam McKay’s unproduced debut script August Blowout. Speaking on Friday’s The Bill Simmons Podcast, Will Ferrell deemed 2004’s   Anchorman his favorite of the movies he’s done, specifically because of the trouble he had getting it to the big screen — it was rejected 10 times in one day, he reveals. They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to them, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars.”
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He continued, “So throughout the movie we’re being stalked by orangutans who are killing, one by one, the team off with throwing stars. We’d do it in a heartbeat.’ So that’s when we wrote Anchorman. “Ron convinces the pilot that he knows how to fly the charter jet, and he immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. “Paul Thomas Anderson came and guest-wrote for a week on SNL,” recalled Ferrell. So he was one of the guardian angels, even though I think the first incarnation of that was maybe a little too weird for Paul.”
Anderson ended up not being a part of Anchorman, but it worked out for both sides. Show Full Article “The first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia to celebrate the Bicentennial, and also, all the newsmen from around the country are flying in from their affiliates to have some big convention,” Ferrell revealed. And it’s just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside.

Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me can’t capture the icon: EW review

But it doesn’t seem to know quite what to do with them, other than acknowledge that they exist. B–

Show Full Article For both, there are certainly worse ways to pass two and a half hours than to spend them with even a mild approximation of the man and his music. All Eyez on Me tries, in its own sturdy, earnest way, to fit Tupac Shakur’s extraordinary arc into the square pegs of movie-making, but it’s too conventional by half: a Wikipedia script whose greatest gift is newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s startling physical resemblance. (Though other aspects, like his film career and how his friendship with Biggie turned into a blood feud, are only skimmed). Maybe there’s more than one good reason so many biopics struggle to make it the screen: How can celluloid even begin to capture the quicksilver charisma of artists whose bodies of work—and more often than not, attendant reams of interviews, music videos, and performance clips—still live with us? It doesn’t help that the screenplay wraps half its exposition in a trite framing device—a series of prison interviews, that, like most things in the movie that actually happened, are worth taking the time to dig up online—and spends the first third hitting the bullet points of his biography with all the speed and subtlety of a nail gun: the Black Panther mom, the chaotic moves from New York to Baltimore to California, the early demos and first major-label deal. But there’s also a much better one, and it’s as close as YouTube or Spotify or even the nearest turntable. (Even more strangely, Shipp’s father actually worked with Tupac briefly, producing a track that surfaced on one of his posthumous albums.) And he’s not a bad actor, either, though there’s something vaguely teddybear-ish in him that can’t touch Pac’s fierce magnetism; even in the story of his own life, he’s more a lost boy than a leader. For the millions of fans who bought Tupac’s albums and made him a folk hero even before his death (and even for the ones who still refuse to believe he’s not alive somewhere in Havana or Sao Paulo, laughing and smoking a fat cigar), there’s a lot of nostalgia, but few revelations; for the unfamiliar, it’s probably a pretty decent introduction. The movie pays dutiful lip service to the issues of prejudice and power and black male sovereignty that so profoundly shaped Shakur’s life, and that he spoke to so forcefully. Instead, it rushes ahead, charging through the recording sessions and romances and court dates until it reaches the intersection in Las Vegas where it all came to bloody, brutally pointless end.

Mark Wahlberg says his Planet of the Apes ‘set the franchise back a little bit’

“They wanted us to get acclimated with the chimps, and anytime I would go near [costar Helena Bonham Carter], the chimps would start attacking me,” he continued. “The monkeys, no, they were the worst,” he said. Show Full Article …   The chimps were constantly trying to attack me.”
Watch the video above for more. A decade before   Rise of the Planet of the Apes breathed new life into the venerable sci-fi franchise and began a new cinematic trilogy, Tim Burton and Mark Wahlberg attempted their own   re-imagining with less success. “They’d start like trying to punch me in the nuts, like my 5-year-old-son. “I think we kind of set the franchise back a little bit.” Serkis and   Rise director Rupert Wyatt “kind of revived it again, which was great, because it was obviously a big intellectual property.”
Wahlberg also recalled how his primate costars put him through the wringer. During a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show,   Wahlberg acknowledged that the 2001 version of Planet of the Apes left something to be desired, and he praised current Apes star Andy Serkis, who joined him on the show. Like really bad, like nonstop. “It was an amazing experience working with Tim,” Wahlberg said.

Watch Adam West’s unaired episode of NBC’s canceled superhero comedy Powerless

Watch the full episode above. He arrives in Charm City from Gotham City to make some budget cuts and delivers the bad news to   Van (Alan Tudyk)   and   Emily (Vanessa Hudgens). Show Full Article In March, EW exclusively revealed that the actor would guest star on the series that was set in the DC Universe and featured many connections to the Caped Crusader. The night after Adam West was honored with the lighting of the Bat-signal in Los Angeles, fans of the late Batman star are getting another treat: DC Entertainment has released West’s unaired guest appearance on NBC’s canceled superhero comedy Powerless. Now, a week after the star of the 1960’s Batman TV show died at age 88, “Win, Luther, or Draw” has been released on YouTube. The episode allows West to make a few fun Batman references, including referring to Emily as Catwoman because of her feline-covered sweater and selling the company to LexCorp. But the freshman comedy was pulled from the network’s schedule before West’s episode could air. RELATED:   In praise of Adam West’s sincere, goofy Batman
West portrays Dean West, chairman of Wayne Industries. “I admit, it’s a bit of a gratuitous cameo,” he deadpans at one point when asked why he’s there.

Daveed Diggs reveals the ‘weird thing’ about his Hamilton fame

“I was a good performer, so I could win with pretty subpar writing,” he says. “I tried to apply for a job as a waiter, and my mom laughed at me,” Diggs says. Barely a year out from his Tony win, Diggs is an increasingly familiar face, thanks to two memorable recurring sitcom roles: one as Perry, the crush du jour for Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) on Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the other on ABC’s black-ish as Johan, the free-spirited brother of Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross). “He takes what’s on the page and brings more to it than you thought was there.”
When production started, Barris quickly realized he wasn’t the only one under Diggs’ spell. “That was the weird thing—to have been an artist your whole life and have nobody care, and then all of a sudden everybody cares.”
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Growing up in the Bay Area, Diggs says his family was poor but “very happy.” Though his Jewish mother and black father weren’t together, they shared the responsibility of raising Diggs and his younger brother easily. “Everyone wants to talk to you when you’re in Hamilton, which is nice, but the only thing they know is Hamilton,” he says. Oh, and he’s working on music in his spare time, too. His dazzling smile and halo of curls seem to be everywhere we look these days, from our TV screens to our playlists. But back to that accident. Also in the group: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton’s eventual creator and star, as well as the show’s director, Thomas Kail. Following a wildly successful Off Broadway run, Hamilton opened on Broadway in August 2015 and snowballed into a pop culture phenomenon that won the cast a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and Diggs a Tony for best featured actor in a musical. Over lunch, Barris pitched Diggs the part of Johan without an audition. But his luck took an unexpected turn when a clerical error placed Diggs and another teacher, Anthony Veneziale, in the same Marin County classroom. The proof? Show Full Article “I like acting. And it turns out, I like producing!” But with his years of hustling not so far in his past, Diggs is realistic about Hollywood’s fickle attention span. I like rapping. In fact, black-ish creator Kenya Barris wrote the role for Diggs after being “blown away” by his performance on stage. “I’m just trying to do all the things,” he says with a laugh. “We would get chocolate chip cheesecake for breakfast and then go to school.” It was in the fourth grade that Diggs realized he could make his classmates laugh by acting out poems. RELATED: Hamilton: Before They Were Stars
Kail asked Diggs to take part in a workshop of Hamilton in the summer of 2013, where he originated the dual roles of fast-rapping (like, 19-words-in-three-seconds fast) revolutionary Marquis de Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton’s swaggering political rival Thomas Jefferson. In 2012, the Oakland native was cobbling together a living as a performer, touring with his experimental rap group, Clipping, and substitute teaching to pay the bills. Unbeknownst to Diggs, Miranda’s Pulitzer-winning opus was already in the works — and the rest is modern Broadway legend. “She was like, ‘You can’t do that.’”
All that grinding has paid off: He’ll appear on the big screen in Wonder later this fall alongside Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay. “I was very shy,” he says. Diggs gave him a ride home that day, and eventually Veneziale invited him to join his freestyle rap group. Daveed Diggs never auditioned for Hamilton. In fact, he fell into the career-making musical smash by accident. “The first day we had our table read, everyone at the company was there,” Barris recalls. Don’t forget to   subscribe for exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “I know it’s rare and doesn’t always last very long, so I’m trying to soak it up while I can,” he says as he heads into rehearsal for a movie he’s not even allowed to talk about yet. Turns out they were both freestyle rappers—and like good improvisers, they leaned into the mishap and taught the class together. “They were both very fun parents, but my dad takes his fun very seriously,” he explains. He couldn’t figure out why so many people had shown up. A version of this story appears in the June 16 issue of Entertainment Weekly, available here. “It seems like I was doing so much, but it was just grinding,” he says. But you don’t get halfway to an EGOT in one year without the raw talent to back it up, and Diggs has plenty. “When it all comes crashing down and I’m couch surfing again, I’ll remember these times fondly.” We have a feeling he’s going to be okay. “Then I realized, ‘Oh, they’re here for Daveed.’ I’d never seen that before.”
Diggs has mixed feelings about his sudden rise. “[But] I remember feeling very powerful at that moment.”
He replicated that feeling throughout high school in slam poetry competitions. “He was just so grounded and so cool,” Barris says. “I was living at the poverty line at this point—maybe,” he recalls. After graduating from Brown University in 2004 with a concentration in theater, he moved back in with his mom in Oakland while auditioning for plays, working on music, and teaching. He’ll also executive-produce The Mayor, ABC’s upcoming fall series about a struggling rapper who runs for office — and if that’s not enough, he’s set to star on TNT’s adaptation of Bong Joon-ho’s 2014 dystopian film, Snowpiercer. “I didn’t have another skill set.” Even his mother knew that to be true.

Susan Sarandon needs a problem fixed in ‘Ray Donovan’ season 5 trailer

That feeling is mostly absent in the new trailer for season 5, which finds Ray once again immersed in problems. When last we saw the Donovan family, it seemed like they had finally figured things out. Samantha is the head of a movie studio, and she needs Ray’s help. Show Full Article She needs someone “discreet,” and offers that “whatever the fee is, I’ll pay it.” It seems like her problems revolve around star actress Natalie James (Lili Simmons), who’s causing “a f—ing problem” by walking off the set of her $3 billion franchise movie. In addition to a mysterious incident that left his father and brother hospitalized (for which Ray doesn’t seem to have a ready explanation), Ray also has some new clients with problems of their own, like Susan Sarandon’s Samantha Winslow. Although fixer Ray Donovan (Liev Schrieber) has clashed with family members like father Mickey (Jon Voight) before, they were all able to team up to beat Dmitri and the Russians, ending season 4 on top of the world. When Ray notes that “she’s just a kid,” Samantha asks in response, “when you look at her, is she just a kid?”
Watch the trailer above. Season 5 of Ray Donovan   premieres Aug. 6 on Showtime.

Kevin Spacey holds court at limited-engagement Clarence Darrow

“That’s one of the things wrong with history!” This production lends incredible throttle to that truism. “I can actually say that I got to play Clarence Darrow on court.”
That was Kevin Spacey speaking to a few thousand audience members (in this case, you might say spectators) at an imaginative production of David W. The production was impacted by a few minor technical flaws: Spacey’s microphone was too tinny for the acoustic massiveness of the venue and the cacophony of train and air traffic from the neighboring Long Island Railroad and LaGuardia Airport caused disruptions. The play is designed as Darrow stirring alone in his office, unpacking old boxes filled with newspaper clips and photos as he recounts his old cases. Whether it’ll be the last, that’s a conversation worth having. Spacey’s brainstorm to turn the stadium into a theater-in-the-round for a two-night exclusive engagement (June 15 and 16) marks the first time in Ashe’s 20-year history that it’s been used for such an occasion. Over the years, New York City mayors David Dinkins and Michael Bloomberg (both big tennis fans) have requested that LaGuardia reroute landing patterns during the two weeks of the Open; meanwhile Rudy Giuliani, Yankees fanatic, said crank it up. Rintels’ earnest 1975 one-man show Clarence Darrow. Frequently he jumps into the audience, shaking hands, pointing out people as prospective jurors, and sitting in between couples. (Henry Fonda originated the role on Broadway.) Though the writing is never macabre, Darrow is, of course, speaking to us from the grave. Named after the tennis player and humanitarian who died in 1993, the arena is the biggest by capacity (23,000 seats) for tennis in the world. As a play, Clarence Darrow is a brisk, entertaining, very Wikipedian journey through the career of the iconic attorney and progressive lion (1857-1938). “History repeats itself,” Darrow screams. Matthew Murphy
On stage, Spacey is the perfect old ham to play Darrow, with every homespun line of dialogue and theatrical gesture dialed up beyond Frank Underwood levels. His support of unions, the working class, and racially oppressed led to landmark court decisions — many of which are chronicled here by Spacey in five-minute theatrical bursts, from the Haymarket Affair to Eugene V. Many tennis players, including Roger Federer, have described the U.S. Darrow’s court victories and noble platitudes about justice were showed with fervent applause. Open as among the world’s most difficult tennis tournaments because of the volume level. Open. And in a strange way, the noisome airplanes overhead actually enhanced the experience. And those loud fuselage blasts every few minutes began to feel like primordial roars, tremors of outrage over how much hasn’t changed. Debs and the Scopes Monkey Trial to Leopold and Loeb. And this all-too-rare combination of Darrow, Spacey, and Ashe is a reminder of the urgent power inherent within crazy ideas, theatrical and otherwise. A-

Show Full Article You can tell that Spacey absolutely loves performing this — and for the audience at the first performance, that enthusiasm was infectious. The unique venue was Arthur Ashe Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, site of the U.S.

Bachelor in Paradise: Probe should be resolved soon

Fans of Bachelor of Paradise may not have to wait much longer to find out whether we’ll ever see a fourth season of the summer franchise: EW has learned that an ongoing probe into what happened on the show’s Mexico set should be resolved soon. 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 studio shut down production on the dating show last week and vowed to take “appropriate responsive action” after learning of an alleged incident that occurred while cameras were rolling during the first week of production. 8. I feel like the truth will be able to come out in those videos.”
Olympios, 25, released this statement about the alleged encounter she says took place on June 4: “As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. Later that fall, Bachelor in Paradise was launched and Harrison — along with the familiar format and exotic destination — returned with it. “This isn’t about business. No law enforcement has been involved, though both participants have retained legal representation. A spokesman for Warner Horizon — the company that produces the reality show for ABC — confirmed that the studio’s investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corrine Olympios is almost complete. The larger question for ABC is whether it should risk hurting the mother ship — The Bachelor and The Bachelorette — by continuing with BIP. 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. Though several sources have speculated to various media outlets that the show has been canceled, ABC officials have made no official determination about the future of Bachelor in Paradise. It’s a question of marketing,” suggests one high-profile observer from a competing network. The show is set to return to prime time on Aug. As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.”
The summer edition of the Bachelor franchise has a long history with ABC. Show Full Article “It’s about protecting the brand.”
During an interview with Inside Edition on Thursday, Jackson, 30, said, “My character has been assassinated, my family name has been drug through the mud” and that “the only thing I want is for the truth to come out.

America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer recipient: Blindness ‘strengthened’ my musical talent

He also performed a duet with Jordin Sparks in November at an event for Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthy America in   Washington D.C. “When I was dealing with my condition, it was a way to forget everything that was happening.”
His disability would end up amplifying his musical talent, too. “I’m a huge fan of America’s Got Talent and ever since Simon came on it was like, No way. As   Mandel pointed out, the last person to receive a Golden Buzzer from him was   last year’s pre-teen contestant   Grace VanderWaal, whom   Guardino says he’d like to ask for performance tips as he preps for his next appearance on the show in early August. The formerly blind singer, 17, made Simon Cowell’s jaw drop just seconds into his take on The Jackson 5’s “Who’s Lovin’ You.” After receiving a standing ovation from the judges and audience, Howie Mandel slammed the coveted button. Now he wants to take on songwriting, looking to his idol Stevie Wonder for inspiration. Right now, though, he’s not looking at it as a competition — “I’ll get way too nervous if I think of it that way,” he says — but rather just another great opportunity to perform. Show Full Article Christian Guardino wowed America’s Got Talent viewers across the country with his inspiring performance, earning him the golden buzzer during Tuesday night’s episode. “I wanted to cry,” Guardino tells EW, reliving the unexpected moment of glory. “I know Simon’s so honest and he’s going to tell me how it was, and if I wasn’t good he would tell me,” he explains. I was just thinking,   I can’t mess up. It’s always been there for me.”
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Having grown up in a musical family,   Guardino already has an impressive musical background: In middle school, he performed in a circuit of talent shows on Long Island and sang multiple times at the Apollo Theater. “I hear music in a strong way. “I was really nervous before I got on stage. It felt like I had to do this,” remembers Guardino, who went to the pre-round auditions after learning they were being held in New York City’s Queens borough   in January. While Mandel was the judge to press the golden buzzer for Guardino, immediately securing him a spot in the quarterfinals, Guardino says it was Cowell he was trying to impress. “I feel like I relate to him and what he goes through being blind and struggling with his sight,” he says. I can’t mess up. I started going off on the song and getting comfortable.”
Making Guardino’s AGT experience even more special: He was able to watch all the action go down. “We’re going to be really good friends,”   Guardino recalls hearing from   Cowell, who hugged him and praised his vocal performance. But when I saw everything that was going on with the judges, all my nerves turned into strong energy and excitement. I can’t mess up. “Music was always my escape,” he says. Struggling with his vision impairment as a child,   Guardino turned to melody. “I would have never been able to see it before,” says   Guardino, who was totally blind before a revolutionary treatment helped him regain most of his sight when he was 12. The compliments have poured in, with host Tyra Banks tweeting, “You just BLEW ME AWAY!” on Tuesday, and   Howie Mandel singing his praises in a YouTube video. “My hearing was strengthened because of my eyesight,” he says. “It’s been my dream to go in front of him.”
After his successful Los Angeles audition, Guardino spotted Cowell outside the theater and walked up to him. “I love his voice. It’s incredible.”
He also looks up to Cowell. “But I’m really glad he liked me!”
Cowell’s October announcement that he would return to the show   motivated Guardino to audition.

TV heavyweights reveal the secret to pulling off an epic twist

(Script by Kristen Harding and Samantha Highfill)

Show Full Article It’s a really damn good TV twist. The best twists can shock, bring forth joy, crush your heart, and most importantly, resonate long after an episode has aired. At the ATX Television Festival, Entertainment Weekly assembled creators, writers, and actors responsible for the twistiest turns in TV history. It’s Carrie Bradshaw having an affair with Mr. SPOILER ALERT: Notable TV plot twists are revealed in this story and video! The successful twist is a rare art form, often sought after but seldom achieved. RELATED: Canceled TV Shows That Ended on Major Cliffhangers
Watch the video above for a master class from Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers), Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries), Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Alison Brie (Glow), and more on pulling off a legendary television twist. It’s the moment fans will never forget and hate you if you spoil. It’s Jack being dead in the present day on This Is Us. It’s Paige finding out the truth about her parents on The Americans. Big on Sex and the City.

Leonardo DiCaprio hands over Brando’s Oscar, a Picasso and more to the U.S. government

Mitchell / Getty Images)In November 2012, Leonardo DiCaprio — at the time, three months into filming “Wolf of Wall Street,”   which would later further his legacy of almost-Oscars for a fourth time — received Marlon Brando’s best actor statuette for 1954’s “On the Waterfront” as a 38th birthday gift. And though there are no plans at this time for DiCaprio to forfeit the money he received for his work on “The Wolf of Wall Street,” his spokesperson notes that DiCaprio   intends to offer the return of any “gifts or donations” under speculation   with “the aid and instruction of the government.”   Latest updates authorities. government as part of an ongoing investigation into a $3.5-billion Malaysian money-laundering scheme. (Jeff J. The gift-givers were DiCaprio’s   business associates (and friends) at Red Granite Pictures, the production house behind “Wolf of Wall Street.” Now   the 42-year-old actor has voluntarily handed over Brando’s Academy Award (in addition to several other pricey souvenirs from the Red Granite team) to the U.S. Authorities from the U.S. government also believes that the laundered funds also funded “the co-conspirators’ lavish lifestyles, including purchases of artwork and jewelry, the acquisition of luxury real estate and luxury yachts, the payment of gambling expenses, and the hiring of musicians and celebrities to attend parties.”The multimillion-dollar artworks in question include a Picasso painting, a photograph by Diane Arbus and a Jean-Michel Basquiat collage, which were supposedly gifted to DiCaprio by Jho Low, Red Granite’s purported financier.According to a spokesperson for DiCaprio, the actor has already given the art and the Oscar to U.S. A portion of those misappropriated funds were used to bankroll the production company and   subsequently   back “The Wolf of Wall Street.”According to last year’s federal court filing, the U.S. Department of Justice suspect that Red Granite co-founder Riza Aziz may have helped his stepfather, Malaysian   prime minister Najib Razak, embezzle $4.5 billion from a political development scheme in that part of the world.

The Changeling author Victor LaValle turns childhood fears into fatherhood terrors

The Changeling is partly inspired by LaValle’s own story. “It just wouldn’t have been possible. “Seeing or reading good horror or fantasy, if it has that bedrock emotional concern, I always feel it resonates much more deeply than the cheap jump scare,” LaValle says. You’re writing this as a grown man. “There are hidden islands in the East River … And without giving too much away, there’s actually a really big forest in the middle of New York, not in Manhattan, but it’s an enormous piece of land that could hide some profound, magical secrets. The new family is shattered by a nightmarish crime early in the book, and Apollo goes on a quest throughout the concrete and steel canyons of Manhattan in search of answers. Fathers never fare well in folktales. “This was my breadcrumb trail. Show Full Article “I’m endlessly fascinated by that, as a magic trick,” LaValle says. It’s not something I understood when I was young,” LaValle says. The book follows Apollo Kagwa, a rare-book dealer, happily married man, and wet-behind-the-ears dad who is trying to figure out how to be a father even though he didn’t have one of his own. Now LaValle —   author of Big Machine, The Ballad of Black Tom, and the recent Frankenstein-inspired comic book Destroyer   — is a father of two himself. It wasn’t until I was in my 40s and really thought things through, and had a kid by that point, I could see that all these things I dismissed as complete failures of character, I could see small versions of them in myself, whether it was impatience or the desire to escape.”
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As Apollo seeks to deal with the horror that rips apart his life, he also learns why his father disappeared. It’s a real place in Queens, my hometown.”
It’s like a doorway. “I definitely could not have written this book before we had the kids,” he tells EW. Take one step and you’re in the woods, the middle of nowhere. Early versions of The Changeling were much harder on the fictional pater familias. Take another and you’re on the Q45 bus. “That was a late addition that came with me thawing out,” LaValle says. His dad disappeared inexplicably when he was a child, and apart from a box of his old man’s mementos that showed up one day, he stayed gone. They are either struck down early, with their children left to contend with wicked caregivers and woodland monsters, or they are somewhat hideous creatures themselves. “The people who raised us are often just human beings trying their best. “All he was, from the beginning, was a bum,” LaValle says. There may be otherworldly reasons for it, things beyond a mere mortal’s understanding, but that reflects the child’s perspective, too. Apollo and wife Emma’s new baby is named after the missing man – Brian – but the baby’s fate may be no better. When he was a boy, his mother, a Ugandan immigrant, and white father separated. Maybe a better writer than me would be able to make the empathetic leap, but I couldn’t – until I deeply understood what it would be like to fear losing a child, to fear being a bad parent, to fear letting down the people you love.”
It also gives him a different perspective on his own father — if not forgiveness, maybe understanding. But that’s a child’s grudge. “He was a terrible person, but as I wrote the book, and aged in the couple years of writing, I was like, ‘Ehhh, I know you would like to immortalize the idea that your father was a bum. That’s not a young person’s understanding, necessarily. What does this look like?’”
The result is more sympathy for Brian, Apollo’s father, and maybe even some admiration. I wanted the reader, on some level, as unsure and off-balance as Apollo,” LaValle says. His father didn’t vanish, but he was absent. “No one person is just the mistakes they have made.”
The Changeling is also a tribute to the wild, exotic wonderland of New York City – the labyrinth Apollo Kagwa explores in search of the truth about his son and his father. That kind of magic is here, but it’s far from where people actually want to go to,” LaValle says. In Victor LaValle’s new novel The Changeling, a mystery/horror tale set in modern-day New York, the father is the protagonist in his own grim fairy tale – and surviving is perhaps the worst thing that could have happened to him. “New York City is incredibly well-known, but I still think people don’t know all of these tiny, little weird [places] we have. “I was just angry at my father.

The L Word reunion: Dana’s death is the one thing Ilene Chaiken would change

I think we told it with great sensitivity and verisimilitude, but the audience never forgave me for it. And then she dies.” And I’m like, “What?!”
JENNIFER BEALS: We were all devastated. It was a brutally emotional development, especially for Dana’s best friend and (sometimes) girlfriend Alice. KATHERINE MOENNIG: That was dreadful. Just knowing that day was coming was horrible. Show Full Article It’s just the one thing that I maybe would change if I could go back and change anything. LEISHA HAILEY: It was horrible. ILENE CHAIKEN: I’ve often said in retrospect that it’s the one thing that I regret. Don’t forget to   subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW
One of the most heartbreaking story lines throughout The L Word‘s 2004-2009 run was during season 3 when Erin Daniels’ Dana developed breast cancer and died. We cried a lot. I mean, it was a good story. Revisit 25 years’ worth of game-changing LGBTQ movies, TV, and music in   the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, or buy it here. So she took me to lunch, and we were talking and she was like, “So your character gets breast cancer. I believe in the story. GALLERY: The L Word reunion exclusive portraits
Daniels’ departure from the show was devastating to the cast and still haunts co-creator Ilene Chaiken to this day:
ERIN DANIELS: We would all meet with Ilene before each season started, and she would take us to lunch.

Cheyenne Jackson, Frankie Grande, and more join RuPaul’s Gay for Play

EW can exclusively reveal that new episodes of the Logo game show, hosted by the Emmy-winning drag superstar, will premiere Thursday, June 29 at 9 p.m. VH1
Regular panelists include RuPaul’s Drag Race judges Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews. “You don’t need to be gay to play,” reads a network statement on the series, which RuPaul produces alongside World of Wonder. “But it certainly does help!”
 

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RuPaul is convincing another crop of celebrities to go Gay for Play. Read a complete oral history of RuPaul—and revisit 25 years’ worth of game-changing LGBTQ movies, TV, and music—in   the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, or buy it here. Michelle Buteau and Real Housewives franchise figures Gretchen Rossi and Taylor Armstrong are also scheduled to participate on   Gay for Play, which   premiered in April 2016 and   sees its competitors answering pop culture-oriented questions for a prize of $5,000. ET with a new set of famous contestants, including American Horror Story star Cheyenne Jackson, Big Brother personality Frankie Grande, comedian Heather McDonald (Chelsea Lately), and 3rd Rock from the Sun   actress Kristen Johnston. Former Drag Race   cast members will also appear on the show throughout the season 1 continuation alongside a revolving door of social influencers.

Orange Is the New Black: 8 burning questions after that season finale

However, we also know that they’re erroneously counting Linda (Beth Dover) as a prisoner. Could Taystee’s decision to prolong the riot make her semi-responsible for the damage caused, including Piscatella’s demise? Also, do minimum-security prisons usually have pools, and if so, why was this one emptied to begin with? team screw that up? The difference this time, of course, is that Piper is no longer the face of Orange, and hasn’t been for a while. 6. Though Red and the gang captured Piscatella, there’s little chance they’d rat on each other. 4. When the S.W.A.T. The pool was the first place Fig (Alysia Reiner) and Caputo (Nick Sandow) thought of when they were told prisoners might be hiding, yet we’re supposed to believe Caputo never checked up on it? Healy (Michael Harney) checked himself into a mental facility after realizing he needed help because he almost took his own life. There’s also the question of management — because there’s little doubt in our mind that Caputo is done for. team’s assault on the pool bunker? Ouija (Rosal Colon), Pidge (Miriam Morales), and Zirconia (Daniella De Jesús) were all key players in the mayhem. While the show’s lovebirds took a backseat to most of the action this season, they did take one big step in their relationship. Litchfield’s guards have never been the brightest, but what are the chances that Piscatella, always searching for “conspiracy,” never noticed when items like an old desktop went missing? How did the S.W.A.T. Who, if anyone, survived the S.W.A.T. To come back next season and say that, for instance, Maritza (Diane Guerrero) and Flaca’s (Jackie Cruz) tear-ridden goodbye was all for naught would be a relief, sure, but a slap in the face to the plot. Destruction of property, kidnapping, abuse—this is just a sampling of what’s plagued Litchfield Penitentiary over three seemingly endless days. Here are the eight questions we came away with after that cliff-hanger ending. Punctuated by The Cinematic Orchestra’s “To Build a Home,” the fear and confusion were pushed further by emotional and vulnerable farewells. Show Full Article Though it seems like a lifetime ago, we have switched prisons at least once before in the Orange canon. So, they should have   come up with 11 missing prisoners, right? Granted, it was way back in season 2 when Piper was mysteriously shipped off to Chicago, but it happened. 5. While “D-List Martha Stewart” likely won’t press charges, Brandy (Asia Kate Dillon) and friends were rounded up after their Home Alone-style attack on the CERT team. 7. Once they had the gun, Angie (Julie Lake) and Leanne (Emma Myles) regularly threatened the safety of the inmates and guards. 2. To not see the inmates face any consequences, as they would in the real world, would be to backtrack and lose momentum. At the end of season 4, C.O. The same is true for Suzanne, who’s unlikely to tell anyone Maureen caused Humphrey’s stroke. Her only real bargaining chip is that she released the guards. If   Litchfield is   done for, where will the inmates be sent? If you paid attention to the finale, you know that those 10 women in the bunker aren’t the only inmates missing. Will part of the show still be set there? Frieda is, without question, a successful survivalist, but there’s a difference between knowing how to build a bunker and being able to execute it, especially in prison. The Litchfield we know can’t last forever; nothing does. Given the season’s cliff-hanger, we can expect that it’ll be some time before they actually walk down the aisle —   assuming they both make it out alive. The other scenario would see a good amount of the inmates we’ve come to know being phased out of the story line altogether. Frieda shot guards with darts, and the skinhead posse kidnapped Judy (Blair Brown). Will we see Healy again? In addition to the inmates’ uncertain future, there’s also the matter of the prison itself, which went to hell and back during the course of this three-day riot. Or, will MCC just go back to running the prison the way it was before the riot broke out. From inmates to guards to the callously neglectful MCC (Management & Correction Corporation), no one is making it out of this riot unscathed, and for some, we have no idea if they’ll make it out at all. Will Alex and Piper actually make it to the altar? Taystee (Danielle Brooks), Piper (Taylor Schilling), Alex (Laura Prepon), Red (Kate Mulgrew), Frieda (Dale Soules), Suzanne (Uzo Aduba), Black Cindy (Adrienne C. Especially since Caputo and Fig always aim to one-up each other, it seems odd that he would not have gone back down there, if only to find a new use for the area and prove Fig wrong. At this point, we have no idea what season 6 looks like, but hopefully, if the show returns to the prison, we’ll see him again. team breached the prison, both Chang (Lori Tan Chinn) and Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning) managed   to escape through a hole in the prison fence, which means there are actually 12 prisoners missing. Given that Poussey’s (Samira Wiley) spirit pretty much drove this season’s story, the latter scenario seems more and more feasible. How did Frieda build/furnish that bunker without anyone noticing? team realized that 10 inmates were missing (more on this in a minute) and went back in to find these women, who were hiding in Frieda’s bunker. Piscatella’s (Brad William Henke) punishment might have just been for show, but that was before she was a ringleader in the riot. Moore), Gloria (Selenis Levya), Nicky (Natasha Lyonne), and Blanca’s (Laura Goméz) fates were left up the in air at the end of the season. What’s the future of Litchfield? So, the season ended with the women holding hands and bracing themselves for the SWAT team’s assault, which is bound to include some casualties — or at least some injuries — because the governor has authorized lethal force if there’s any resistance. 1. What makes the former less likely is the potency of doom-and-gloom that hung over the sequence in which the prisoners were being loaded onto buses. After sweeping the jail several times, the S.W.A.T. Is the S.W.A.T. Who’s to say it couldn’t happen again? 3. One would see most or all of the primary inmates (essentially everyone stuck in Frieda’s bunker) ending up in the same prison, be it Litchfield 2.0 as Maria (Jessica Pimentel) called it, or Max, or what have you. No question; we’d probably be hard-pressed to find another prison that manages such a balancing act of terror and heartwarming camaraderie, especially a maximum-security prison. The riot—which began as a cross between unadulterated revenge and noble aspirations for reform—has left the Litchfield and all connected to it in shambles. SPOILER ALERT: This contains spoilers for the season 5 finale of   Orange is the New Black. Which inmates will get extended sentences? After their deadly encounter with Piscatella, Piper decided to propose to her on-again-off-again girlfriend, and Alex said yes. Following the eccentric — and sometimes terrifying (see: that time she got branded in the kitchen) — experiences is pretty doable, but following the many characters now in the limelight might make for a disjointed experience. This leaves us with two probable scenarios. This explains why we didn’t see him in the time-compressed fifth season. 8. We already know Daya (Dascha Polanco) got sent to Max, but what about Maria? If so, will any of the changes Taystee bargained for be implemented, even though negotiations fell apart? team just bad at math?

New Music Friday: 20 releases to hear now

—M.V. The Man,   Woodstock

The pop rockers are   climbing the alternative charts with their killer   single “Feel It Still,” and their groovy eighth album serves up even more addictive, psych-tinged jams. Instead, on their second LP, they’ve dug deeper into their misery — frontman Mike Kerry lashes out at doomed liaison across the set’s 10 tracks — and the results are darkly thrilling. Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. She sounds in fine fettle on the album’s first single — a boot-scootin’ toast to enjoying the fruits of your labor. —K.O. Royal Blood, How Did We Get So Dark? 2 Chainz, Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

2 Chainz summoned the A-list for his latest full-length, enlisting Pharrell, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Migos, Travis Scott, Jhene Aiko, and Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee. —Nolan Feeney
Calvin Harris ft. —E.R.B. Fleet Foxes,   Crack-Up

The sonic equivalent of gazing into a vast wilderness from a mountaintop, the third LP from the indie-folk luminaries is gorgeous and epic, with tender ballads (“If You Need To, Keep Time on Me”) and expansive anthems (“Third of May/Ōdaigahara”). Thanks to his vocal delivery and prolific output, Morby has long drawn comparisons to Bob Dylan — see the loping rocker “Crybaby” here — but he’s quietly become one of the genre’s most creative songsmiths, like on   City Music‘s bubbling title track. Frontman Josh Homme’s vocals are characteristically ominous, as is the bluesy riff that lifts it, but the cut also embraces a new sense of swing for the traditionally gothic groovers. Big Boi,   Boomiverse

The OutKast MC’s latest features standout collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Curren$y, and — in a surprisingly fun turn — Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. —E.R.B. Co-created with Bleachers’ Jack Antonoff, it’s a riveting, deeply emotional journey of self-discovery. The sizzling, Santana-sampling track is tailored to RiRi’s strengths, effortlessly achieving sultry, slow-jam bliss. “Be ready — because it’s gonna be one of   those.” No kidding. —K.O. Got Spotify? But initial taste “Glorious” is the same Macklemore fans have come to know and love, loaded with rafter-shaking drums and plinking pianos. Icona Pop, “Girls Girls”

What’s summer without a fist-pumping party-starter from these badass Swedes? Macklemore ft. —E.R.B. Read EW’s full review here. Kevin Morby,   City Music

The former Woods member follows the success of 2016’s   Singing Saw with another set of accomplished indie-rock. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit,   The Nashville Sound

The former Drive-By Trucker was in a contemplative mood on 2015’s Something More Than Free, but here he turns up the rock & roll heat with six-string fireworks and barreling instrumentals. Coldplay, “All I Can Think About Is You”

Chris Martin and his boys dial back the dazzling and uplifting anthems of their last album, 2015’s A Head Full of Dreams, for something equally gorgeous: “All I Can Think About Is You” starts as a stunning, piano-powered reverie but slowly builds into a massive, reverb-soaked anthem. —N.F. Katy Perry, Pharrell, and Big Sean, “Feels”

On the latest from his forthcoming, star-studded album Funk Wav Bounces Vol. —Kevin O’Donnell
Shania Twain, “Life’s About to Get Good”

The country queen is gearing up for a big return when the follow-up to 2002’s gajillion-selling Up! It’s a testament to his substantial persona that 2 Chainz unites so many voices for a singular statement. Do yourself a favor and don’t overthink it. The Killers, “The Man”

The lead offering from the band’s first studio album in five years   finds Brandon Flowers and the gang taking it to outer space with a funky (it interpolates an old Kool & the Gang song!), disco-tinged nugget about being… well, you get the idea. garage rockers haven’t cheered up since they secured top-notch festival billings and legions of new devotees on the back of their 2014 self-titled debut. —E.R.B. This buoyant, rosé-soaked tribute to throwing down with your gal pals will have you saying “I love it!” all over again. Isbell described his straight-ahead creative process to EW earlier this year: “The thing that works is to just write the best song that I can write and not f— it up when we record it.” —E.R.B. From DJ Khaled’s sizzling Rihanna collaboration to Lorde’s pop opus, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. —Madison Vain
Young Thug,   Beautiful Thugger Girls

In April, hip-hop’s reigning weirdo tweeted that his new project would be his “singing album.” That’s a bit misleading — his unique delivery already blurs the line between rapping and crooning — but he certainly leans into balladry more than ever here, including on the countrified(!) opener “Family Don’t Matter.” And Thugger’s one-of-a-kind warble remains the perfect match for his truly peculiar lyrics, whether he’s musing about the Pillsbury doughboy (“On Fire”) or describing sex acts involving spleens (“You Said”). 29. drops Sept. It’s the lead-off track from their upcoming EP Kaleidoscope, out July 14. The U.K. It   is gonna be one of those. After overcoming a very-public split from musical collaborator and producer Mutt Lange and rebounding from vocal issues, boy, has Shania earned it. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. 1, the DJ-producer serves up a funky blend of Steely Dan-esque jazz-pop and R&B — and he’s joined by an all-star roster of Pharrell Williams, Big Sean, and Katy Perry. Portugal. —E.R.B. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”

“It’s going to be humongous,” superproducer DJ Khaled told   Entertainment Weekly: The Show on Thursday when teasing his new Rihanna collaboration. DJ Khaled ft. Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist for this week. —E.R.B. Cardiknox, “F— With You”

That didn’t take long — this synth-pop duo released their sparkling debut album, Portrait, last spring, and now they’re already back with a new cut that finds Lonnie Angle and Thomas Dutton trading off vocals as they sing about tuning out the noise and the naysayers. And along with detailing the Mark Ronson-produced project, they shared its knotty first single. But glistening power chords, technicolor synths, and cacophonous drums juxtapose with the chugging tune’s foreboding message: frontman Win Butler speak-sings a tale of “the white lie of American prosperity.”   —M.V. —Eric Renner Brown
Lorde, Melodrama

New Zealand’s coolest cultural export makes getting drunk and hooking up sound downright spiritual as she examines her fumbles through adulthood and heartbreak with enviable grace, lacerating honesty, and even humor on her second LP. Queens of the Stone Age, “The Way You Used To Do”

This week, the desert-rock masters announced that they’ll release Villians, their first LP since 2013, in August. Arcade Fire, “Creature Comfort”

The Canadian crew’s latest cut from their hotly anticipated fifth LP, Everything Now, is a shiny collaboration with producer Markus Dravs, Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, former Pulp member Steve Mackey, and Portishead’s Geoff Barrow. Show Full Article Skylar Grey, “Glorious”

The Seattle MC announced his next album will be his first solo offering — sans producer Ryan Lewis — in 12 years. Future and Snoop Dogg also stop by for quality guest verses. For more, read   EW’s B+ review, which describes   Crack-Up as   “both their most challenging and their most rewarding” album yet. Beth Ditto, Fake Sugar

The former frontwoman of Gossip technically first went solo back in 2011 with an EP of electronic music, but this debut full-length hews more to the sounds of her old band — fiery rock and roll, soulful vocals, and grabbing, effortless melodies on highlights like “In and Out.” —N.F. —N.F. —E.R.B. —N.F.

RuPaul’s Drag Race queens grill Valentina over fan harassment in fiery reunion clip

“Also, when we were shooting the promo for this show, you said to me, ‘Shea, I just want to say, if anyone comes for Nina, I told her that I will stand up for her. What part of that do you not understand?” RuPaul scolded from the judging panel.) Many of Valentina’s fans publicly attacked season 9’s remaining contenders — namely Nina Bo’Nina Brown, who emerged victorious from the now-infamous lip-sync battle, and Alexis Michelle — in response to Valentina’s exit. ET on VH1. Michelle adds, “You never told them [to stop]. (Her digital presence is the largest of any season 9 queen, with 460,000 followers on Instagram and almost 65,000 followers on Twitter.)
“Girl, you can say you’re not on social media, but when we were in Montreal, you were on that phone checking every like, every follow, every single thing. Whether you were reading the comments, verbatim, or not, you knew what was going on,” top four-finisher Shea Couleé adds. (“It’s a lip-sync. “My following is very underrepresented in the media. Valentina’s elimination from season 9 of   RuPaul’s Drag Race will go down as one of the most shocking moments in the show’s history, particularly for the onslaught of online harassment her fellow competitors faced in the wake of her departure. The Los Angeles native’s legion of fans rallied around the fallen Drag Race contender after her ousting in May, the result of a disastrous lip-sync performance that saw Valentina refusing to remove a lace mask covering the bottom half of her face when it became clear she didn’t know the words to the track playing overhead. I FaceTimed you in tears because of people telling me I should go kill myself because I’m so ugly and so fat, and I should have volunteered to eliminate myself over your elimination.”
Valentina defended herself by claiming she isn’t savvy with social media. Show Full Article I will address my fans, and I will make it all right.’ I’m confused.”
View the fiery exchange in EW’s exclusive clip above. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. I called you. See how the argument concludes on the RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 reunion special tonight at 8 p.m. Read a complete oral history of RuPaul—and revisit 25 years’ worth of game-changing LGBTQ movies, TV, and music—in   the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, or buy it here. I represent something similar to what Selena represented in the ’90s… they’re overprotective of that,” Valentina tells RuPaul in EW’s exclusive sneak peek at tonight’s season 9 reunion. “I don’t agree with that kind of behavior because that’s not the kind of person that I am.”
“Why didn’t you say that on the media?” Peppermint fires back.