Annabelle is just as creepy as ever in new Creation images

Warner Bros. Warner Bros. Hell, no, dolly. RELATED:   5 Highest-Grossing Horror Films

See the new photos above and below, and check out Annabelle: Creation   when it hits theaters Aug. Naturally, they quickly become the target of Annabelle’s demonic deeds — Talitha Bateman (Janice) and Lulu Wilson (Linda) are featured in the new images. Pictures

Show Full Article Now, three new photos show the creepy killer doll’s origins, where the man who made the doll and his wife take in a nun and group of girls. Sandberg (Lights Out), the movie also stars   Stephanie Sigman, Philippa Anne Coulthard, Grace Fulton, Lou Lou Safran, Samara Lee, Tayler Buck, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto. 11, 2017. Annabelle is back — well, being introduced, actually — in   Annabelle: Creation, a prequel/sequel to the 2014’s Annabelle, a spin-off to 2013’s   The Conjuring. Directed by David F.

Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynolds poses in front of the X-Mansion on set

Looked closely for Beast's lawn bombs before taking well deserved nap. Looked closely for Beast’s lawn bombs before taking well deserved nap,” Reynolds wrote on Instagram. Show Full Article “Dropped by X-Mansion. Brolin has been getting jacked for the role of a psychic gunslinger with a bionic arm, posting video of his workout regime (and new haircut) from the gym. Big fucking surprise. No one’s home.”
The photo confirms a report published earlier Saturday morning from Comic Book Resources. A post shared by Ryan Reynolds (@vancityreynolds) on Jun 17, 2017 at 12:41pm PDT

Dropped by the X-Mansion. It’s almost like the studio couldn’t afford another X-Man.”
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Maybe this time they will be able to, since the first film racked up a worldwide box office tally of $783.1 million. Dropped by X-Mansion. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, and Leslie Uggams alongside newcomers Josh Brolin (as Cable), Zazie Beetz (as Domino), and Jack Kesy (as the reported villain). Ryan Reynolds posted a photo from the set of Deadpool 2, featuring himself in character as Wade Wilson in front of the institute on social media. No one's home.
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) June 17, 2017

Deadapool 2, directed this time by David Leitch, returns familiar faces like Morena Baccarin, T.J. On Facebook, he captioned the same photo, “Now filming Deadpool 2: Xavier’s Lust.” On Twitter, he poked fun at the big reveal: “Big f—ing surprise. It’s funny that I only ever see two of you. The sequel is set to open in theaters on June 1, 2018. Marvel’s favorite merc is making a return trip to Professor Xavier’s mansion. The mansion played a small part in the first Deadpool as the home of Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead, leading to the joke, “It’s a big house.

Bill Cosby mistrial sparks outrage, calls for retrial from some celebrities

— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017

ps It's okay to check out of the news and honor yourself today. Cosby had a plan, a scheme to drug and sexually assault women,” Allred said, “and I think the jury will be better served if they can hear from the other accusers and then they can make that decision as to whether they can convict or not and whether an alleged victim was in the position to consent or was incapacitated by drugs.”

Gloria Allred following Cosby mistrial: "I would like to see a court decide more prior bad act accusers can testify"
— ABC News (@ABC) June 17, 2017

See more celebrity reactions below. “To everyone who criticizes women for taking confidential settlements: this is why. “When women see justice served, their own fear & trauma are eased. Defeat #RapeCulture.”

For Cosby, mistrial.For his 60 accusers, no justice.#RapeCulture
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 17, 2017

To everyone who criticizes women for taking confidential settlements: this is why. — Kristen Schaal (@kristenschaaled) June 17, 2017

Serious question: How will Cosby ever get an unbiased jury? Celebrities including   Girls creator Lena Dunham, RuPaul, and Kristen Schaal expressed outrage and aggravation after a judge declared a mistrial in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby. Defeat #RapeCulture
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 17, 2017

Cosby’s wife Camille released a statement via his social media accounts after the mistrial was announced.
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) June 17, 2017

A mistrial for Cosby.An injustice for all women. If you're on my jury looking for a mistrial, that is a fucking nightmare for you. “For Cosby, mistrial. Who doesn't know him or have some sort of association with him? It is an unimaginable grind
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017

My heart is with every survivor reliving the erasure of their own experience today. — Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 17, 2017

To sexual assault survivors today after #BillCosby mistrial: win or lose, the fight is what matters. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 17, 2017

If Cosby's defense is true he is admitting to cheating hundreds of times on his wife with the use of quaaludes. “My heart is with every survivor reliving the erasure of their own experience today. Cosby was accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, at his Elkin Park mansion in January 2004. District Attorney Kevin Steele   told reporters his office plans to retry the case. Heart goes out to women who came forward. Rise up. Statement From Mrs. Judge Steven O’Neill declared the   mistrial on Saturday when the jury in Montgomery County, Penn. In it, she described the district attorney as “heinously and exploitively ambitious,” the judge as “overtly and arrogantly collaborating with the district attorney,” the counsels for the accusers as “totally unethical,” and many media outlets as “blatantly vicious entities that continually disseminated intentional omissions of truths for the primary purpose of greedily selling sensationalism at the expense of a human life.”
Camille also thanked Cosby’s counselors for their “hard work,” the staff for “their continuous commitment to our family and me,” and family members and friends for never giving up on them. #RapeCulture
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) June 17, 2017

Many civil cases against #BillCosby continue, including mine on behalf of Janice Dickinson. — Holly Sorensen (@HollyBSorensen) June 17, 2017

Show Full Article — John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) June 17, 2017

unfortunately convictions aren't like oscars. Serial rapist. I love you. For his 60 accusers, no justice,” tweeted lawyer Lisa Bloom, who is representing Janice Dickinson‘s separate case against the comedian. When they don’t, survivors of sexual assault have to watch every day as the legal system calls them liars and denies their truth.”
“It is an unimaginable grind,” she added. That's what he admits. #CosbyTrial. Rise up. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017

Women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred, who’s representing some of the other women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, also addressed reporters on Saturday. Camille Cosby
— Bill Cosby (@BillCosby) June 17, 2017

Dunham, who in 2014 wrote about a sexual assault committed against her, said Saturday that “Bill Cosby’s trial is about much more than Bill Cosby,” in a series of tweets. “I would like to see a court decide that more prior bad act accusers can testify because that’s relevant on the issue of whether Mr. Promising many of the civil cases against Cosby, including hers, to continue on, she added, “To sexual assault survivors today after #BillCosby mistrial: win or lose, the fight is what matters. Without that courage there will be more victims. Justice system often fails women. When they don't…
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 17, 2017

Survivors of sexual assault have to watch every day as the legal system calls them liars and denies their truth. Speak out. I love you.”

Bill Cosby's trial is about much more than Bill Cosby. I see you.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) June 17, 2017

To all the women who say Bill Cosby drugged, raped or assaulted you:
I BELIEVE YOU. claimed to be “hopelessly deadlocked” after six days of deliberations. Speak out. — Women's March (@womensmarch) June 17, 2017

Try him again. Our criminal justice system is a joke that’s not at all funny. you can't give one to cosby for his body of work. Do whatever you need to feel whole. — andy lassner (@andylassner) June 17, 2017

I've never been on a jury that didn't go the way I wanted. When women see justice served, their own fear & trauma are eased. I see you. 18, 2017. Justice system often fails women,” Bloom wrote. Trial setting conference Oct.

Stranger Things producer: ‘Season 2 makes the Demogorgon look quaint’

It’s Halloween and the boys are going as Ghostbusters, but Will (Noah Schnapp) is seeing images from the Upside Down and he’s not sure if they’re real. But in case you need further confirmation, executive producer Shawn Levy says “season 2 makes the Demogorgon look quaint.”
During an interview on Facebook with The Hollywood Reporter, Levy teased a “darker” and “more ambitious” return for the Duffer Brothers’ supernatural phenomenon. Stranger Things fans caught a glimpse of the new, much larger monstrosity coming for the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana in the trailer. I don’t know that there’s a bounce back from that,’” he said. We’re going to service the Duffer instincts and what they feel is the right story to tell.”
Watch more from Levy in the video below. “I was just in the edit room with the brothers yesterday, and we’re like, ‘This is definitely darker. Plus, there are some new faces popping into Hawkins. But it is, cinematically and budgetary, it’s definitely more ambitious.”
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As EW first reported in our exclusive cover story, Stranger Things season 2 picks up nearly a year after the season 1 conclusion. “So no, we are not going to cravenly service the wish list of fans. “I’ve had a lot of people, some huge celebrities, come up to me at these awards shows, like, ‘So, between us, Barb’s coming back, right?’ I’m like ‘No, you saw, she had like a creature, slug, worm, snake, coming out of her mouth. “So people who found season 1 too scary for them, probably you’re going to be more scared by season 2. Levy warns season 2 might disappoint some fans, especially since Barb is not coming back from the dead. The first trailer for Stranger Things season 2 dropped during the Super Bowl, and new episodes will premiere this Halloween. Meanwhile, his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) is trying to make things stable for him, while dating an old high school classmate (Sean Astin); Hopper (David Harbour) is trying to keep the events of last season under wraps to protect Joyce and the kids; and Eleven’s backstory will be explored. But again, the best thing I can tell you is that through it all, it’s got the best heart. I hope everyone’s down with this,’ because the threats to Hawkins and to our characters are bigger, darker, often times scarier,” he said of the Netflix series. Show Full Article

Lorde celebrates Melodrama release with an intimate, sparkling show

“I was like, this isn’t my vibe,” she said. “I spent my day in my room doing a really cool puzzle,” the New Zealand native said, smiling, at a Friday night show in New York City celebrating   Melodrama‘s release. The show felt incredibly intimate thanks to its relatively small audience, especially compared to her recent sets at crowded festivals like Governors Ball and Bonnaroo — but Lorde took that intimacy to another level for the encore, where she belted   Melodrama‘s “Writer in the Dark” as she paced the stage without a microphone. Show Full Article Lorde — who, at 20 years old, just put out her   second   critically acclaimed record — thinks she’s a troll. “We wrote this song and it had been really playing in my mind for a long time because I was in this kind of emo phase where I thought everyone was going to leave me.” During recording, Antonoff pointed out how great it would be to hear audience members sing along to the track at shows. The venue instantly felt like a friend’s living room as soon as she returned to the stage, with her unaccompanied vocals captivating the suddenly quiet room. … We wrote this song, which was so close to my heart I felt like it was stolen from me.”
“Being a human being is kind of scary, and it’s still scary to me now,” she went on. “But I needed to write this song for a while. That was all true of her Friday concert, too, an event for SiriusXM subscribers that broadcast live on the service’s Alt Nation channel. She acknowledged how grateful she is for the positive attention the album’s been getting, concluding that earlier in the day she thought, “I’m a troll, I don’t deserve this.”
She’s wrong on both counts: She, wearing a sparkling top with her wild hair flying, is most definitely not a troll — and she most definitely deserves the praise for   Melodrama,   which EW’s Nolan Feeney described as “a riveting, more emotional journey of self-discovery” than   2013’s   Pure Heroine   in his grade-A review. Lorde is undeniably a star, and part of that is because of her ability to both   be   a star — famous and talented and successful — while also remaining   a vulnerable 20-something, powerfully expressing her devastating, relatable heartbreak with nothing more than her voice and her words. “Here, Lorde makes getting drunk and hooking up sound downright spiritual   as she examines her fumbles through adulthood with enviable grace, lacerating honesty, and even humor,” he wrote. Although the focus was on keeping the energy up — “Team” featured flashing lights and a layered musical climax that made the Bowery Ballroom briefly feel like a club at its euphoric peak — Lorde did take a couple moments to slow things down, including during her performance of   Melodrama’s   “Liability.” Prior to singing the piano ballad, she recalled being “kind of repelled” by it at first. After playing it a few times live, Lorde can confirm he was right. “It feels like the most wonderful suit of armor there is,” she said, encouraging everyone to help her out. The “Royals” singer played both hits — she closed out her set with the rousing “Green Light” — and newer cuts, like   Melodrama   standout “Supercut,” a song that perfectly exemplifies co-producer Jack Antonoff’s self-described specialty: music you can cry   and   dance to. Everyone remained almost eerily silent throughout those gorgeous final few minutes, proving no matter how wonderful a suit of armor might be, Lorde is just fine without it.

Bill Maher interviews head of Breitbart on Russia, Julius Caesar play

Show Full Article election. The same thing with the Kathy Griffin thing, with holding up President Trump’s head with blood on it, which was not funny.” He called the comedian’s controversial photo holding a bloody decapitated head in the likeness of Trump to be “bizarre performance art.”
Maher and Marlow also agreed on how corporations are getting involved with media and, as Maher put it, “if you do something they don’t like, they pull their funding.”
Marlow called Breitbart a victim of this practice, saying, “a lot of people are boycotting Breitbart” based on “anonymous people, cowardly people” who are “putting out all this misinformation about who we are and who we stand for.” The editor further called his staff “the most wonderful, diverse, influential journalists on the planet, and no one is interested in their real story because they’re so quick to want to call people ‘racist.’”
Yiannopoulos   — who, among other inflammatory comments — came under fire for making incendiary and false claims about the transgender community   and was later forced to resign from his Breitbart post after comments he made regarding pedophilia. Reporter Katie McHugh said she was fired from the site over her anti-Muslim tweets. I have no extra insight beyond that, but is that something that is news to anyone that is out there?”
The host and guest continued to go back and forth without coming to common ground. Maher changed the subject to free speech and the Julius Caesar production from The Public Theater in New York City. Marlow admitted Breitbart does not cover the subject “by design,” explaining, “We don’t cover it because every other outlet in the world, particularly the left-of-center outlets, which are the vast, vast, vast number of news outlets, are obsessed with this story, covering it around the clock for nine months.”
He further claimed “we don’t have any evidence of obstruction of justice,” but when pressed further about reports from government agencies asserting Russian collusion, Marlow said, “Russia was absolutely trying to interfere, according to those agencies. For better or worse, Bill Maher drew eyes when he featured right-leaning personalities like Tomi Lahren and Milo Yiannopoulos on HBO’s Real Time. On Friday night, he added another polarizing figure to his guest roster: Alex Marlow, the editor in chief of Breitbart News. Watch Maher’s full interview with Marlow in the clip above. I have no reason to doubt them. He agreed that “if Obama was Julius Caesar and he got stabbed, I think the liberals would be angry about that,” and further stated, “I   don’t think they should have Trump playing Julius Caesar and getting stabbed, I don’t — and I hate Trump.”
(For the record, the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis put on a Julius Caesar production in 2012 with the lead character made in the likeness of Barack Obama, and there appeared to be   little backlash.)
“Oh absolutely,” Marlow replied. “I   want to cover the president’s agenda more than I want to cover the Russian collusion that does not exist,” Marlow said. Maher, surprisingly, found some common ground with Marlow, especially over the controversial production of Julius Caesar, which gave a Trump-like twist to the Shakespearian tragedy. But the late-night host confronted the head of the right-wing website about his refusal to cover reports of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. “It would be bedlam in the media.

Mark Wahlberg films journalists recreating Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’

Show Full Article #SpiceBoys
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) June 17, 2017

Wahlberg reprised his role as mechanic Cade Yeager in the latest Transformers, in theaters on June 21. Spice Girls recreation,” Wahlberg says in the video, which was posted to Twitter by one of the self-dubbed “Spice Boys,” Kevin McCarthy, a film critic and reporter for the Fox 5 D.C. If you wanna hang with Mark Wahlberg, you have to know your Spice Girls. “We’re going right now. 😂😂😂@mark_wahlberg just directed @ChrisVanVliet @andrewfreund @scottcarty @blogxilla and me in a Spice Girls WANNABE remake on same stairs! Watch below. affiliate. He’s joined by Anthony Hopkins, Josh Duhamel, Isabela Moner, and Jerrod Carmichael in the sequel about a war between humans and Transformers. While in London for a press event for Transformers: The Last Knight, the actor got together a group of journalists and filmed them recreating “Wannabe” on the stairs of the   St. Wahlberg was also spotted returning as Dusty in the trailer for Daddy’s Home 2. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, where the British pop group famously recorded the music video. The gents had to actually sing “Wannabe,” though, in light of some technical difficulties with the playback.
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) June 17, 2017

After @mark_wahlberg directed our SPICE GIRLS video remake for WANNABE on the actual stairs used in their video. McCarthy was joined by Chris Van Vliet, Xilla Valentine, Andrew Freund, and Scott Carty.

Cars 3: What does that ending mean for the future of Lightning McQueen?

The social circles of sponsors, coaches, and business owners aren’t something we’ve seen in great quantity, despite spending plenty of time on the racing circuit; the introduction of Sterling in Cars 3   teased a whole expanded idea of commercial interests in the world of   Cars. In the case of Lightning McQueen, the ending of Cars 3 finds Owen Wilson’s aging racer taking up a sudden new position as de facto coach and crew chief for Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo), who comes into her own as a racer and speeds to victory under Lightning’s cool guidance in the finale. Disney/Pixar’s third Cars film ends, as plenty of sequels do, with a thematic passing of the torch, accompanied by the discovery of a promising new role for our protagonist. As far as movie-making is concerned, there’s an argument to be made on both sides of the coin for where possible future Cars sequels could go from here (although presently, nothing has been announced   nor should be at this point). STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN CARS 3! He’s just, right at this moment, really excited to help Cruz Ramirez. He can still race, and it’s up to him. Whether it’s with a fourth film, a follow-up short (a.k.a. Knowing that Lightning has found potential happiness in a new role — and inherited the mantle of his own late mentor, Doc Hudson — could give enough closure to audiences as they walk out the theater for what could be the last time. “We don’t know—we’ve just concentrated on getting this one out—but we love the world, and it was really important for me to have it end with the ability that Lightning McQueen can still race,” says Lasseter, who has often been vocal about his passion for the Cars franchise from the beginning. Lightning’s nascent experience with Dinoco could answer some questions that loyal and skeptic viewers have always had about the greater automotive American universe outside of the racetrack. It’s his choice. In Cruz, we have a scrappy young racer for whom we can root from Lightning’s new vantage point, and there’s solid narrative potential in exploring the new professional experience of McQueen as mentor. But the question of what happens next in the Cars   franchise — and whether we’ll ever see it — is a fairly good question to ask once you’ve seen Cars 3. Everett Collection
From a storytelling standpoint, though, there’s an equally compelling argument to be made that there’s at least one more story to tell in Lightning’s future. YOU’RE ONLY HURTING YOURSELF AND SPOILING YOUR SENSE OF WONDER. “He’s not quitting racing. But the options are wide open for future stories.”   (Pixar’s release calendar, on the other hand, is already abounding with projects; based on EW’s reporting, the first open slot that   could   accommodate a fourth   Cars   movie wouldn’t be until 2021.)
Fee, meanwhile, told EW that the ending should be taken as nothing short of a new chapter for Lightning McQueen. “But I can tell you that Lightning McQueen, as a character, and as somebody going through the same stuff he’s going through, I think by the end of this movie it would be safe to say that this is only the beginning for him.”

Show Full Article (And, cynicism warning: As far as the business of movie-making is concerned, the Cars franchise continues to be a billion-dollar merchandising behemoth, with   Cars 3 introducing a brand new paint coat for Lightning that should find its way to licensed retailers and small hands in no time). EW asked the film’s director, Cars veteran Brian Fee, and Pixar/Disney animation chief creative officer John Lasseter what they thought about where the franchise stands after Cars 3. No, don’t take that headline to suggest that the crash you’ve seen in all the trailers is a fatal spoiler that sees Lightning McQueen go the way of the cassette player. the Toy Story   model) or a medium yet to be determined, this race   is likely far from over. “When I think about these characters, movies aside, where the franchise goes from here, I have no idea what may be down the road,” he told EW in January. Here’s where things stand: On the one hand, the Cars 3 finale could be the perfect cap to Lightning’s journey, a rare second sequel achievement that strikes the right chords in sentiment and makes perfect destined sense for the character.

Scarlett Johansson got ‘trashed’ with her doppelgänger

And so when I found out that obviously she looked exactly like me but she was wasted, I was like, ‘You should come and we should get wasted together at the Rough Night premiere.’   And so she came last night to the Rough Night premiere and we did get kind of trashed.”
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Johansson had   posted a video response to Reddit   last month inviting Dodd to join her on the red carpet. “So I looked at this link online. Show Full Article “Honestly, it was wonderful to meet her. Oh my god, she’s a lush.”
“She was such a nice woman, though,” she added of Dodd. ET on CBS. This woman looks exactly like me.”
The photo shows Dodd when she was 22 and Johansson confirmed “she was also really wasted in that picture. “This   came to me purely because people were like, ‘Oh my god, you have a doppelgänger and it’s crazy,’” the actress told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Friday. More importantly, they got “trashed.”
Johansson, who’s not active on social media, first became aware of her look-alike when the woman’s grandson posted a photo of a younger Dodd on Reddit. When Colbert asked if she could party, Johansson joked, “Can she party? The Late Show airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. She’s just awesome.”
Check out her full story in the video above. Scarlett Johansson finally met her   doppelgänger, 72-year-old Geraldine Dodd, on the red carpet for the New York premiere of her new movie,   Rough Night. She’s from Arkansas and her daughter, of course, owns a bar and so — and I will eventually make my way to Arkansas and continue this family reunion.

Trump-inspired Julius Caesar disrupted by protesters in New York

A rep for the NYPD confirmed to EW   that Loomer was taken into custody at 9:45 p.m. — Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy) June 17, 2017

After assassination of Julius Caesar democracy disappears in the world until 1770s in American colonies. You are hypocrites! Thank you to our staff and security who worked to peacefully remove them from the theater so we could continue with our evening of Free Shakespeare in the Park.”

Earlier this evening, a pair of paid protestors briefly disrupted our performance of JULIUS CAESAR, as anticipated. “You are all Nazis,” he began shouting. “Their artistic and creative direction crossed the line on the standards of good taste,” a statement from Delta read. (The character is, throughout, only referred to as Julius Caesar.)
In the wake of the uproar, Bank of America and Delta Air Lines pulled sponsorship support from The Public Theater. Protestors storm Julius Caesar play promoting Trumps death! This is unacceptable,” 24-year-old Laura Loomer yelled as she took the stage during the show’s assassination scene.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 17, 2017

Every single POTUS in the history of the country has at one time been depicted as Julius Caesar. #FreeLaura's mind. (4/4)
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 17, 2017

The production’s director, Oskar Eustis, also released a statement. Pretty intense protest, little fella. ET and charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. (1/4)
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 17, 2017

While we are champions of the first amendment, this interruption unfortunately was part of a paid strategy driven by social media. You called the police on a woman for exercising her free speech rights. It's a political play.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) June 17, 2017

The Public Theater, which put on the production, released a statement on the incident over Twitter: “Earlier this evening, a pair of paid protesters briefly disrupted our performance of JULIUS CAESAR, as anticipated. Friday night’s Shakespeare in the Park performance of a Trump-inspired take on Julius Caesar was halted when a protester stormed the stage at New York’s Delacorte Theater in Central Park, while   another shouted from the audience. This play, on the contrary, warns about what happens when you try to preserve democracy by nondemocratic means, and again, spoiler alert, it doesn’t end up too good.”
Following the small outburst by Loomer and Posobiec, numerous people criticized the protest via social media and mocked the outrage directed at Shakespeare’s centuries-old production. “The blood of Steve Scalise is on your hands,” Posobiec claimed. Abundantly clear. (2/4)
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 17, 2017

Thank you to our staff and security who worked to peacefully remove them from the theater… (3/4)
— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY) June 17, 2017

…so we could continue with our evening of Free Shakespeare in the Park. Jack Posobiec, the other protester, posted his own video of the incident to his Twitter page. Shame on all of you,” she said as the audience booed her and guards led her out of the space. In the Shakespearian tragedy, Caesar is assassinated by members of the Roman Senate.
— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) June 17, 2017

I'm out of jail, but I'm not apologetic. #FreeLaura
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 17, 2017

Humanity strikes back! They were escorted out. “We stopped the show for less than a minute and our stage manager handled it beautifully,” he said, in part, via The Daily Beast. Free speech for all, but let’s not stop the show.”
Julius Caesar has been the subject of controversy among conservatives, given the resemblance of   Gregg Henry’s Caesar to President Donald Trump. After her release, she tweeted, “I’m out of jail, but I’m not apologetic.”

— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 17, 2017

Tonight's production of Julius Caesar interrupted by two protesters. Thanks to everyone who is supporting me & condemning political violence. Um, no, you got shut down by a Shakespeare theater audience in a park. — Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 17, 2017

Caesar killed in a play & you protest! Grow up. News that the show would resume got a standing ovation. Play is not pro assassination. “Shame! So, here, it’s the Trump-like version that meets the same fate. “Stop the normalization of political violence against the right. — Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 17, 2017

No one watching JULIUS CAESAR to the end could possibly think it advocates violence, against a president or anyone. Eustis   took the stage before an earlier showing this month to clarify, “Neither Shakespeare nor The Public Theater could possibly advocate violence as a solution to political problems — and certainly not assassinations. — Howard Sherman (@HESherman) June 17, 2017

Loomer and Posobiec did receive support from numerous conservatives online, however, including controversial InfoWars host Alex Jones. Freedom!’ The audience rose to their feet to thank the actors, and we joyfully continued. @DRUDGE_REPORT
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) June 17, 2017

Show Full Article One stormed the stage during assassination scene. Two thuggish Twitter trolls disrupted Julius Caesar tonight. “The staff removed the protesters peacefully, and the show resumed with the line ‘Liberty! Cop kills #PhilandoCastile w/ impunity in front of a 4-yr-old girl & dead silence. — Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) June 17, 2017

BREAKING. “You are inciting terrorists.” Posobiec also referenced this week’s mass-shooting at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, which left five people injured, including the House Majority Whip. An announcer came over the intercom to pause the production and direct security to escort her off stage. While we are champions of the first amendment, this interruption, unfortunately, was part of a paid strategy driven by social media.
— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) June 17, 2017

Reminder in light of a protester storming the Julius Caesar stage: Trump once said "the theater must always be a safe and special place".

Wynonna Earp EP discusses the ‘important milestone’ for Wayhaught

They get off on that. I agree with you that sisterhood is so much more than blood but I also don’t think Waverly wants to freak out Wynonna until she knows for sure one way or the other. How powerful is it? That’s it. Not to mention the fact she might be seeing Willa’s ghost, and that Doc appears to be pulling away, both emotionally and in terms of physical revenant-hunting support. This article contains details from the second episode of season 2 of   Wynonna Earp — so quickly get to another page if you haven’t watched “Shed Your Skin,” because you won’t be able to   unmake your peace. And he just knows that maybe she needs some time after killing her sister too. She’s killed her older sister. All these crazy events happened but they haven’t really had time to just start their relationship. We also have Rosita, who we just finally met. As much as she might hate it and resents him and is furious at him in the short term, she definitely knows, in the long term, that Doc has her best interests at heart and that he does know her. Embroider that on a pillow. Hatgate 2017. But at the same time, she doesn’t really seem to like Doc. That’s all I’ll say about that. We see Waverly investigating her past and it is affecting her, the fact that she might not be an Earp, but it feels like if she told Wynonna, Wynonna wouldn’t care. I just don’t know if he wants to be anyone’s second choice. But Wynonna, more than ever, needs people who are going to be honest with her and what she’s going through and what she needs to succeed. I doubt it. But also maybe he’s hurt. But he just does kind of have a sophistication and maturity to know, maybe, what she’s feeling even before she herself understands it. And having their first fight was good. She’s basically just biding her time and trying to figure out a way to get out of Purgatory. Here, executive producer Emily Andras discusses some of the big moments in “Shed Your Skin.” Plus watch an exclusive video featuring Andras and series star Melanie Scrofano discussing Mercedes Gardner, a new character on the show, and Wynonna’s friend. Your first fight and your first makeup is such a rite of passage that it really deepens the relationship and it shows that, this year, they’re taking it to the next level. But fans might have reason to worry: the final shot of the episode saw the youngest Earp (who’s still possessed by the goo she touched at the end of last season) go into “goo mode” and bite into the carcass of the dead spider they’d collected for Black Badge earlier in the episode. I swear, there’s going to be candlelight vigils, black armbands, people saying “Remember the Hat.” The only thing worse than if he lost his hat was if he shaved his mustache, but you got to save something for future seasons! Don’t keep a good lizard down. I feel like even after that much time, I might become a grown up, maybe. They’re going from the passion and the dating, although that’s all there, and they’re really connecting. Spoiler alert! Meanwhile, Waverly   continued digging into her past trying to verify whether she’s truly an Earp, a process that saw her make up with her girlfriend Nicole Haught and consummate their relationship. He seems to know her and what she kind of brings to the table, which is she’s some sort of chemist or biochemist. We’re really going to have to see how well Nicole thinks she knows Waverly. Things have been so busy that this was the first time Waverly would say they’ve had sex, which was kind of important to tackle just in so far as one of the hallmarks of Nicole’s character is she’s so respectful of Waverly discovering herself. What gives? Nicole’s emphasis is to make Waverly happy and support her. I love that she’s trusted Nicole with this information and has her to help her with this. Is that strictly because he’s still hurt he saw her kiss Dolls, or is that because of the new deal with Lucado? Doc obviously knows her. If   Wynonna Earp didn’t have problems with spiders before, she sure does now. Dolls did, even as he was so annoying and kind of tightly wound. They’re adrenaline junkies, so it’s almost too honest, just because they’re mirror images of one another in so many ways. She’s gunning for Dolls independently of Black Badge, but now she also has this other deal with Doc. Doc’s doing just fine, but here’s hoping that there’s some sort of reunion with some sort of headwear at some point. I love that. ET on Syfy. Wynonna has killed her own dad. But she obviously has some personal stake in bringing Dolls down, which makes her really, really dangerous. So as much as Wynonna is open-minded, Waverly understands that their sisterhood is an incredibly important part of their lives. They don’t hate the violence and the action and the grit. Where do her motivations lie? We saw a lot of him and Wynonna’s new dynamic, where he seems to kind of be pulling away from her a little. The latest episode of the Syfy series saw her and Waverly take on a hoard of eight-legged creepy crawlies, only to discover there’s something more sinister (possibly demonic) at play. He ultimately basically blackmails her into working for him, so whether she fits exactly into the team or not, you’re just going to have to wait and see. It’s critical. It’s a little bit of both. Ultimately it was a fight about Nicole’s career; she’s been denied a promotion that’s really important to her, which just serves, again, to make Nicole more of a three-dimensional character. Elsewhere, Agent Lucado, who’s now running the team, has contracted hitmen to take out Dolls (who’s easily dodging her) and struck an under-the-table deal with Doc. Are there any milestones in the Wayhaught relationship that you’re very excited to tackle this season? All she has left is Waverly. Given all that Wynonna has gone through lately, Waverly is like, I just want to have all my ducks in a row before I bring this up. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Compared to some of the other creatures we’ve seen in Purgatory so far, how powerful is whatever is in Waverly? And then we have Doc, who hasn’t quite replaced his hat yet. I don’t want her to just be the girlfriend. Like all the best relationships, it’s complicated. Would that be the case? It’s what Wynonna’s holding on to right now. They don’t just fight about being lesbians or being gay or fighting demons. They just haven’t had time to kind of digest [that kiss]. He’s 150 years old. It’s a predator. Lucado shouldn’t be underestimated. What does it mean for Wynonna to have someone who can tell her when she’s not in a good place right now? It just didn’t come from a really genuine place versus a broken place. It was so nice that even though they had their first fight, it only made them closer and stronger and bond. I especially like that we’ve now seen he’s very in tune with her feelings, even if she really hasn’t gotten there yet. How did you know you wanted them to have a big fight going into this season as opposed to building into it? Also, that’s what couples fight about. It’s starting to feel like a real relationship. Is she going to fit into the group? Wynonna Earp airs Fridays at 10 p.m. EMILY ANDRAS:   It’s definitely a threat. They fight about taxes and dishes and career and different wants and needs. And then we have Agent Lucado. Never count out a lizard man. But because of that, she’s going to put everybody in a lot of danger, because she’s not really looking out for them or she doesn’t have their back. She’s intriguing and alluring, just basically based on the fact that she’s freaking gorgeous. It’s another level of their relationship — she knows Nicole has her back and won’t judge her. So like I said, short-term pain, long-term gain, like the hat. They are so similar in temperament. Doc is a proud dude and he spent a lot of time pursuing Wynonna last year, but he’s a real manly man. She’s wildly ambitious and knows how to play the game. What can you tease about her? Is there anything you could possibly tease about if Dolls might be coming back? Show Full Article If you really look at it, they got together pretty quickly last season. They’re not sure that, deep down, they’re good people. I don’t know, though. He almost reads her better than she reads herself. She’s not that interested in being a good boss to Wynonna and the rest of the Scooby gang. When is it Waverly and when is it not and is Nicole going to be able to suss that out? I don’t know if that’s true. As for the mustachioed, still hat-less former sharpshooter, he’s secretly recruited newcomer Rosita to help him with some secret plan in a lab set up under the bar. How well do these two really know each other and can they come together now as people, not just as lovers? He definitely knew last episode that them going for a tryst in the shower was just not a great idea. It’s always been really important to me that they’re both three-dimensional characters who have real relationship challenges both supernatural and natural. I know! I like that he’s mature. This was the first time they’ve actually consummated their relationship. It’s hard to say, but it’s definitely an alpha. Listen, Tim Rozon is a very good-looking man. It’s a little bit of everything. That was a good, important milestone. But also, obviously, we have a Waverly who is affected by some sort of entity. Nicole makes no apologies for her desires and her passion for Waverly but she really lets Waverly drive the sexy bus, so to speak.

Sylvester Stallone, Ralph Macchio, more celebs pay tribute to John G. Avildsen

P. Show Full Article I. Calling Avildsen “my friend” along with a collage of photos, Macchio says the director “brought inspirational stories to us all and had a guiding hand in changing my life.”
See tributes from Stallone and Macchio, post other celebs, below. The great director John G. #BeLove
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) June 17, 2017

Rest In Peace John Avildsen
— Joe Manganiello (@JoeManganiello) June 17, 2017

First film in the US 'Slow dancing in the Big City'w/John Avildsen directing right after he won Oscar for Rocky. I'm sure you will soon be directing Hits in Heaven- Thank you , Sly
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RIP to my friend and KK director John G Avildsen. So Sorry. Avildsen who won the Oscar for directing Rocky,” Stallone captioned a behind-the-scenes picture of them on set. “Throughout the decades, his rousing portrayals of victory, courage, and emotion captured the hearts of generations of Americans,” the statement added. R. He brought inspirational stories to us all and had a guiding hand in changing my life. What a gent.
— Thaao Penghlis (@ThaaoPenghlis) June 17, 2017

The Directors Guild of America also honored Avildsen following the news of his death, releasing a statement   which remembers him as a “beloved” and “prolific” director. John G. On social media, Sylvester Stallone and Ralph Macchio, among other celebrities, paid tribute to the Oscar-winning director of movies including   Rocky,   Karate Kid,   8 Seconds, and   Lean on Me. Avildsen Who won the Oscar for directing Rocky! “The great director John G. #BeLove,”   actor Carl Weathers, who portrayed Apollo Creed in four   Rocky   movies, shared on Twitter.
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) June 17, 2017

John Avildsen RIP. “I’m sure you will soon be directing Hits in Heaven.”
“Your filmmaking legacy remains. Avildsen’s famous leading men are remembering their “great” director, who died Friday in Los Angeles at age 81. Your filmmaking legacy remains.

Rocky and Karate Kid director John G. Avildsen dies at 81

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Avildsen’s other directing credits included the three original Karate Kid movies, which starred   Ralph Macchio as a bullied teen and Pat Morita as his sage martial arts teacher, as well as   Joe, Save the Tiger, The Formula,   Neighbors, and Lean on Me. Avildsen is also the subject of the upcoming documentary   John G. And on the second or third page, he’s talking to his turtles, Cuff and Link. In the wake of Avildsen’s death, the Directors Guild of America released a statement remembering him as a “beloved” and “prolific” director. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs. The 1976 film, which Stallone wrote, also claimed Oscars for best picture and editing. “He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation,” he said. Show Full Article Though it proved to be a huge hit, Avildsen wasn’t sold on the project at first. “Throughout the decades, his rousing portrayals of victory, courage, and emotion captured the hearts of generations of Americans,” the statement added. “He was super-talented and very driven and very stubborn, and that was to his detriment but also often to his benefit.”
Known for telling stories of underdogs and long shots who persevered and ultimately triumphed, Avildsen won a directing Oscar for Rocky, which starred Stallone as the titular   Philadelphia boxer. His eldest son, Anthony Avildsen, confirmed the news to the Associated Press. I was charmed by it, and I thought it was an excellent character study and a beautiful love story. Avildsen, who helped to make Sylvester Stallone a movie star and launch an enduring Hollywood franchise as the director of Rocky, died Friday in Los Angeles of pancreatic cancer. “He pleaded and pleaded, so I finally read the thing. “When this script came to me from an old friend … I said I had no interest in boxing, I think boxing’s sort of a dumb thing,” he recalled last year in an interview with the Baltimore Sun. And I said yes.”
Rocky would go on to spawn six sequels, including 2015’s Creed, though Avildsen helmed only one of them, 1990’s   Rocky V. He was 81. Oscar-winning filmmaker John G.

Reign showrunner breaks down that ultimate death in series finale

It might have undermined Elizabeth in such a way that Mary could have joined both nations (not, decades later, her son)… it was a strategic risk, which also angered Elizabeth and was part of her undoing. If by working closely with Meredith Markworth-Pollak you mean me saying, “Wow, yes, that’s brilliant, let’s do that!” then yes, we collaborated. What was the feeling on set that day? Show Full Article But what I really wanted was a pair of beat-up riding boots (sadly there were none in my size). Sometimes, particularly with King Henry, we toned down what we’d read in our research (or in one case of blowing up ships filled with his own men, cut it in half). Either answer breaks my heart. Meredith and I would talk about things coming down the road… Mary needing to show her power more, or embrace her culture. Elizabeth donning her armor and rousing her troops is a moving scene — as if the Elizabeth we’ve been watching on this show is finally becoming the Elizabeth we know from history. Very important. We wanted to feel her joy as well reflected even in her final moments. We didn’t squeeze in dialogue that also fit our times — we wrote for our characters in their time — but I wish it weren’t all so relevant. Anyone who’s even loosely familiar with Scottish history always knew this one was destined to end with a decisive swish of an ax — but that doesn’t mean it was easy to watch. Once you’ve mopped up your tears from that flashback-laden closing montage, check out what showrunner   Laurie McCarthy had to say about bidding farewell to the rightful queen. What were you hoping to say with Catherine’s story? Was it a coincidence that these stories about female monarchs in the 1500s would feel so applicable to today, or were you hoping people would make that connection? Were there parts of Mary’s story you really wanted to tell but didn’t get the chance to? It could have brought her power in England. Since we know from history that Mary Stuart’s life was full of so much tragedy and bloodshed, how important was it for you to find some way to give her a happy ending? At least the bonnie lassie went out with a showstopping (if a little rushed) series finale that included explosions, threesomes, and — of course — a beheading. Was there the feeling in the writers room that you needed to go out with a bang? I suppose I’m glad people see the portrayal of men who dismiss or want to take down women as “hateful,” but that is certainly what Mary, Catherine, and Elizabeth had to face. They have to work twice as hard to get anything done or anyone on their side. And yes, this year it resonated deeply. Mary faced so much strife, darkness, and betrayal once she returned to Scotland. Oh, those wedding dresses — amazing. So much of this final episode, and the series as a whole, really, was about these women in powerful positions fighting against men who don’t think they’re capable simply because they are women. Okay, I’m exaggerating, but as the show went on, only slightly. Reign is also known for it’s amazing costumes. How closely did you work with your costume designer? It all sounds very familiar! If it didn’t result in something, serve the story, and grow the characters in some way, we usually didn’t do it. What was behind the decision to tell a pretty full arc about Mary’s marriage to Darnley as opposed to fast-forwarding the timeline? Also, you’d be shocked how much of it actually came from, or was very inspired by, history. She was altered by more and more difficult events and choices, and knowing that the facts of her death were indisputable, I wanted to return to the joy she had known in her life and believed she might mentally want to imagine herself there as well. I’ve read some comments about the show that implied that all the men on it were jerks — that the show was somehow “man-hating,” and that always amazed me. Yes. I was so happy to see Catherine choose herself over her children in the end. They and the studio were incredible partners, always opening the gates wide creatively, and I’m deeply grateful for the time that we had. LAURIE McCARTHY:   It wasn’t the plan from day one, but by early in their second season, their chemistry convinced me that there would be no love as great for Mary, now matter how we wrote the show. After four seasons of bloodshed, heartbreak, deception, and binding corsets, Mary, Queen of Scots’   Reign has come to an end on the CW. Did you keep anything from the wardrobe department? Those scenes were hard to write, and we all felt our lead character’s pain. Was it always the plan to bring Toby Regbo back for the end of the series? I wanted to tell all of it: her third marriage, her time on the run… there was a Western in another season, really, that would have been an interesting contrast to the machinations in France (a bloodbath, of proportions we had not seen before, was coming), and I would have loved to see Elizabeth’s rise in England. We were gearing her up for her next chapter, when she would really have to play her children against one another and realize that some of them should never, ever rule. More than just being lovely to look at, the costumes also helped reveal character — like Mary wearing more plaid and heavier materials once she arrived in Scotland, or Elizabeth putting on her suit of armor. How you would pace it out? How did that come about? The window-sex, for example, was only the beginning of Henry’s madness that led to Francis murdering his own father. We loved doing crazy things, and we were writing characters who were both relatable but also lived in a world of privilege that is difficult to comprehend. But also, her marriage to Darnley was a bold move that could have worked. We explored some very dark territory, playing things that really happened to her, plenty that might have happened, and a few that either occurred or were rumored to occur at other points later in her life. But we also took incredible license and as a group cackled merrily at some of the things royals, running amok, might do…
Over the series, was there anything pitched that was   too   crazy   for Reign? Is it a coincidence if, at the top levels of power, very little has changed? When you began the series, did you have an idea of how much of Mary’s story you wanted to tell? Reign is known for some of its crazier moments (King Henry humping a woman out of a window, the prince of Spain being impaled by a sex horse), and the finale provided one last crazy moment: the queen mother, Catherine de Medici getting involved in a three-way with a witch. The idea and filming of the final scene came before Toby Regbo departed the show, and long before we knew how many seasons the show would have. How could we not tell it? That said, there are indisputable economic considerations, and the CW supported the show as long as it could in every way that it could. We had very clear discussions at the pilot stage, even about beads for the girls’ hair, and I reviewed costumes for every episode. I’m sure there was, but upon reflection, it’s hard to imagine what that might be. It also worked as a series finale, as a culmination of an arc for her. Which led to a secret that drove Mary and Francis apart, for example. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Mary and her great love Francis are reunited in Mary’s afterlife! First of all, Darnley was such a complicated, flawed character, and I was so happy to have Will Kemp agree to play the role, that we really sunk our teeth into her second marriage and how Darnley’s weaknesses played into Mary’s downfall. Let’s not talk about it, or I’ll get sad. We had heroic, if complicated, men around all of our female leads throughout the show, but we did see them face some brutal male foes. At the start of the series, she would have done everything for her children (and for Francis she did), but as a hardened pragmatist, and a survivor, even she realized some sacrifices might not be worth making. Were you there during filming? Battles we would need to build dozens of costumes for, pregnancies, and especially weddings. I wasn’t there, I was busy with editing and wrapping things up in LA, and the fact that I missed it kills me. How did you go about planning out the final season?

Give Ann Dowd her damn Emmy already

The release of her physical life in the first season, and then the release of her emotional burden in the second, and then, in season 3, being the one who really did something for somebody else because she took care of her own situation, [is made more powerful because she] did it with the help of an unlikely, true friend. You do your work, you say your prayers, and you [ask her to] not leave. Season 1 of The Handmaid’s Tale is streaming in full on Hulu, while every episode of The Leftovers is available now on HBOGo. Stop it.” I put the script down. I will never get over this character, and I didn’t realize how attached I was until I found out she was going to die [in season 1]. “It asks you to go to a place we typically want to run from. They’re gone. We don’t want to sit with grief, the unknown, or loss. I think of the show’s quote, “We didn’t look up from our phones   until it was too late.” [When Trump was] elected, I was texting [costar Elisabeth Moss]. They see each other’s fears, vulnerabilities, grief, and how they hide from their lives. The danger is so much closer. She is a full believer that her solace is the Bible, [but] I think the handmaids are her life. Take Five/Hulu
Why do you think The Handmaid’s Tale resonates with people now more than it did, say, five years ago? [In season 2] she releases the burden of her life, which is when she had an opportunity to leave the abuse, but didn’t do it, and that’s the burden she carries with her. “It’s painful, it’s brilliant, and it will change you. No one’s departing. Dowd ultimately grew so attached to Patti — who begins season 1 as the leader of the Guilty Remnant, a nefarious group of white-clothed minions who serve as living reminders of the mysterious disappearance of two percent of the world’s population — she cried for three days upon learning of Patti’s shocking demise. HBO
In “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother),” why was it so important for Kevin and Patti to end on the note they did? For a lot of people, the answer is not right now, maybe later. If you [stay with the show], it will change you in the best way. The journey for her in season 1 is… she comes into strength and courage, and commits 1,000 percent to what she believe… and the result of that is killing herself. “If you [stay with the show], it will change you in the best way. She says, Kevin, you need to stop hiding… That place you go to escape from your life? Why do you think people are so apprehensive about it? “What we can do with   The Handmaid’s Tale   is put a voice to despair, to [inform others] to stay awake and alert. Lydia is part of that cycle of oppression, but she seems to genuinely believe she’s doing something good. Read on for EW’s complete conversation with Dowd. It’s painful, it’s brilliant, and it will change you. This is not the time to sit back and say, well, it’s not going to get any worse. For a lot of people, the answer is not right now, maybe later.”
For now, however, here’s hoping the Television Academy answers the call appropriately. She genuinely loves them and feels responsible for them, and she knows if she doesn’t get that message across, they will not survive. I think so. “That’s the best thing to go right toward because to me, entertainment is what engages me, what challenges me, what makes me feel, even if I don’t want to feel it… what moves me is something that engages the soul, but that comes with a price: Here, that is the question of can I sit with grief? Of course, the connection you want is not the conscious connection, but it’s the unconscious connection — that’s what rules the day. So you feel as if you and the writers did Patti justice at the end of season 3? They’re an unlikely couple… this is a love story because these are people who can be with each other without hiding. Because The Leftovers is not a linear experience… it hits us on a level that is unconscious,” Dowd speculates on why the Damon Lindelof/Tom Perrotta series hasn’t made a splash on the awards circuit. We don’t want to sit with grief, the unknown, or loss. That’s the best thing to go right toward because to me, entertainment is what engages me, what challenges me, what makes me feel, even if I don’t want to feel it… what moves me is something that engages the soul, but that comes with a price: Here, that is the question of can I sit with grief? This series, among many other things, gets to the core of grief, so for Patti… it was about what it’s like to be a survivor, and… and moving through into a place of strength… I kept going back to that place… [In season 3], she’s dropped her burdens. I can’t bear it. [A lot of it’s] in the writing. I wasn’t taking it seriously, and that’s a red flag: not reading the current correctly. This is the time to stand up every single time and say, no, not happening…   to think that there’s such a large component of our country in leadership that doesn’t see the whole picture is a reason to be concerned, and The Handmaid’s Tale puts a name and a face to [the struggle]… The courage of those handmaids to stay alive and fight back, that’s inspiring. We were writing back and forth in Latin, “Don’t let the bastards grind you down,” which, of course, is in the show. This is not the time to sit back and say, well, it’s not going to get any worse. How do you approach painting her as a character? I’m going to take the step you’re not able to take on your own, and… you’re going to live your life. [I latched on to] squaring off with her grief. Because The Leftovers is not a linear experience… it hits us on a level that is unconscious. When I first read it, I said, “What is this departure nonsense? I said I wasn’t interested. It changed my whole way of looking at characters. She lets go of it with Kevin’s help… That’s something she can’t do on her own. I could imagine her in a girl’s school, watching the demise of a respectful culture, the promiscuity, the drugs, the alcohol, the rampant sex, just watching the pollution kill the gifts God gave us… Anyone who adheres so strongly to a position, there’s gotta be a red flag that goes up immediately. It will change the way you look at your life and your experience. So, if she’s written well and you’ve put the time in, she’s not going anywhere. There were times when I felt she had left me and I didn’t know where she was. Luckily for her (and for us), the character would live on as a mainstay presence in subsequent episodes. I believe she wants to shepherd them through this experience… Lydia feels responsible for them. She’s come through the other side… There was a consistency in that. We’re going to blow it up, and we’re going to do it together. There’s a strong component of this country that was unhappy, dissatisfied, and ready to believe what was coming out of this man’s mouth. Her greatest challenge will be that she’s going to attach to them, and once you attach, the heart takes over, and all those rules and regulations begin to dissolve and their hold on a creature lessens, because love is more powerful. I can’t lose it. We were in despair. It’s the same with The Handmaid’s Tale. ANN DOWD: It asks you to go to a place we typically want to run from. Season 3 is about her returning the favor. “I think of the show’s quote, ‘We didn’t look up from our phones   until it was too late,’” Dowd tells EW of The Handmaid’s Tale‘s newly forged legacy, which continues to gain relevance as Donald Trump’s presidency draws increasing ire from the outspoken left. He said he thought she was a schoolteacher, and that resonated so strongly with me. When two people do that, without armor, intimacy results, and that’s a rare experience. When Trump was campaigning, I thought it was a joke… he can’t even complete a sentence that doesn’t have the word “me” in it. Despite a 32-year career on screens big (she fronted her own Oscar campaign for the 2012 Sundance drama Compliance) and small (she’s appeared in everything from   Girls   and True Detective to Masters of Sex), Dowd has yet to bag a nomination from the Television Academy, something that could change this year if voters do justice to her supporting turns as the conservative oppressor Aunt Lydia in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale   and the abused cultist   Patti Levin in HBO’s The Leftovers   — both of which have sustained relevance in today’s increasingly contentious political climate. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that people are going to flock to because it’s a challenge. The series, like Dowd, has yet to emerge on the Emmy radar. This is the time to stand up every single time and say, no, not happening… to think that there’s such a large component of our country in leadership that doesn’t see the whole picture is a reason to be concerned, and The Handmaid’s Tale puts a name and a face to [the struggle]… The courage of those handmaids to stay alive and fight back, that’s inspiring.”
While Lydia —   shepherd of the show’s titular characters who, amid a terrifying, grim dystopian future, bare children against their will for the wealthy elite — represents a memorably imposing reminder of the dangers of unchecked power in   The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s Dowd’s work on HBO’s criminally under-watched drama The Leftovers, which concluded its   third and final season on June 4,   that paints perhaps the most vivid portrait of her skills as a performer, registering one of the most consistently dynamic performances on the contemporary TV landscape. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that people are going to flock to because it’s a challenge,” Dowd admits. The Patti in that episode still feels totally evolved from the Patti we saw in season 1, but was there something essential you tried to preserve across her entire arc, even across all of those dynamic iterations you performed? What do you mean, departure? What we can do with   The Handmaid’s Tale   is put a voice to despair, to [inform others] to stay awake and alert. I’m going to be right by your side. I read it again, and something changed inside… once we started filming, I was so in. It will change the way you look at your life and your experience. Characters are alive, and once they’re created, they’re waiting for you to be the vessel that presents them. It changed my whole way of looking at characters.”
While she initially dismissed the pilot’s script, she notes she revisited it several times with a newfound patience, and the experience of filming eventually changed her perspective on the craft of acting, opening her mind to portraying characters that aren’t always immediately relatable or easy to digest. I asked Bruce Miller, the wonderful showrunner, what [Lydia] did in her prior life. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: It’s so shocking to me that The Leftovers hasn’t received any Emmy nominations to date. If it weren’t for Ann Dowd, two of the year’s best shows might’ve lacked the signature bite that made critics — and audiences — bark in support of both projects’ Emmy prospects. Then, I thought, oh, no. Show Full Article