In praise of Anthony Hopkins in Transformers: The Last Knight

Show Full Article Which maybe amounts to nothing all that significant in the end. He’s last in the line of Witwiccans, an ancient order of people who keep the secrets of the Transformers. “I didn’t know anything much [about Transformers],” Hopkins said earlier this year. (Read the EW review here.) This is a film that literally starts in the Dark Ages, with King Arthur and his knights of the roundtable defeating an encroaching horde with help from ancient Transformers. Probably, but it’s hard to think of another knighted, Oscar-winning 80-year-old who got to call Mark Wahlberg “dude” and shoot Megatron with a machine gun hidden inside a walking stick. “But my agent said, ‘Would you like to work with Michael Bay?’ I said, ‘Yeah.’” Good thing, too: This is one of Hopkins’ best roles since the late ’90s (with maybe only his compelling turn in Westworld standing taller) and possibly one of the best elder-actors-go-blockbuster roles of all time. Sure, why not? “They have been here forever” reads one poster for the film. (As the movie explains, Shia LaBeouf’s unseen and possibly deceased-off-screen Sam Witwicky also descended from the Witwiccan family tree.) Burton’s job is to explain the whos and whys of Transformer-dom, meaning Hopkins is given mostly inscrutable nonsense to spout throughout the film — dialogue he eloquently recites with a glint of DGAF in his eyes. Each of his scenes is brisk and wonderful and has the feeling of being done in one take just before lunch. Has anyone ever had more fun than Anthony Hopkins in Transformers: The Last Knight? It’s into this mythology that Hopkins’ Sir Edmund Burton is dropped. Transformers: The Last Knight will make a lot of money, find itself on a bunch of worst-of-the-year lists, and be relatively forgotten until the next one — which, spoiler alert, won’t feature Hopkins (unless he’s resurrected as a robot). Michael Bay’s latest Transformers film — which the director has promised will be his last — is every bit the bloated spectacle one would expect from the franchise of robots in disguise. Hopkins is in Sir Alec Guinness territory here, with Sir Edmund’s trusty robot sidekick, Cogman (voiced by Downtown Abbey star Jim Carter with a reckless glee), as a deranged, Ludacris-quoting C-3PO by his side. “Of all the Earls I had the pleasure to serve,” Cogman tells a dying Sir Edmund near-ish the end of The Last Knight, “You were by far the coolest.” Dude, indeed. That’s hyperbole, but not: In interviews, Hopkins has said how much he enjoyed working with Bay because of his bang-bang-bang directing style.

Power star dismisses Empire comparisons: ‘We’re not all the same’

And if you watch Power, you’ll know we’re not the same. Catch more of Power in the full episode of   Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Now that power is worth paying for, STARZ premium cable.”
Watch the video above. During the discussion, Naughton, who plays Tasha St. Henson]. I actually think that they’ve outgrown that facade.”
Power star and executive producer 50 Cent hasn’t been shy about dissing Empire. Ahead of Sunday’s season 4 premiere, Naturi Naughton, Lela Loren, and Rotimi stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show to preview the hit Starz drama. Go to, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. Patrick, dismissed lazy comparisons between Power and Fox’s Empire. Power and Empire may have a bit of a rivalry, but the stars of Power want to make it clear that they are two very different shows. “There is no comparison, really,” said Naughton. Among his repeated shots at the music drama is an Instagram post   in which he wrote, “EMPIRE is some s— you should get for free. “I feel like the community, it could be the urban community, it could be Hollywood, trying to loop us all in together because there’s a black lead, there’s a black female wife who is like the boss, Tasha and Cookie [Taraji P. We’re not all the same. Show Full Article

Colin Farrell talks Sofia Coppola’s ‘laidback’ set on The Beguiled

“I had met her through the years a couple of times and really liked her as a person and also really loved her work. There was a picnic table out the back of the house, and everyone would sit around that.”
The Beguiled opens Friday in limited release. I knew that this would be a very different telling, a very different take both aesthetically and, as far as the tone of the film goes, the feel and the sensibility of it.”
Farrell added that it was Coppola who made the set feel so collaborative and friendly — even though the film’s dark plot is filled with revenge and jealousy. In between takes, it was screaming and roaring and then we’d go outside and we’d have coffee. EW caught up with Farrell when The Beguiled premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to talk about working with Coppola and why he was drawn to her remake of the 1971 Clint Eastwood classic. But star Colin Farrell is making his Coppola debut as a wounded Civil War soldier recovering at a Southern women’s school. “When I knew Sofia had a script that she was going to direct and it was being sent my way to read, I was just excited at the prospect of working with her,” Farrell told EW. I had seen the film, the original, years ago, and I was very affected by it. Sofia Coppola’s twisty thriller The Beguiled is filled with plenty of the director’s frequent collaborators, including Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. “The director always really establishes the mood on the set, and it filters down to the crew, of course,” Farrell said. Show Full Article “And Sofia just created this really easy, laidback environment on the set that was such a counterpoint to what was going on in front of the camera.

UCB’s founding members announce reunion performance

If you know any astronauts, don’t tell them: The original Upright Citizens Brigade will be reuniting for a special performance at Carnegie Hall next year. New York has been pretty good to us.”
VIDEO:   Who Spent the Most on Treat Yo’ Self Day? Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Matt Walsh, and Ian Roberts — the comedy quartet who became the founding members of the UCB — will bring a performance of the long-running A.S.S.S.C.A.T. “Now we are going to do our show at Carnegie Hall where you can hear a pin drop. In addition to co-founding the theater that would become the epicenter of our current improv-industrial complex, the Poehler-Besser-Walsh-Roberts group also starred in a cult-favorite Comedy Central sketch series, also called Upright Citizens Brigade; the show aired from 1998 to 2000. The entire show will be improvised based on a single audience suggestion (no pressure, random audience member). This year’s edition takes place June 23-25 and includes a long list of comedians, including (fellow UCB original) Horatio Sanz, Bobby Moynihan, Sasheer Zamata, Jason Mantzoukas, and more; you can see the full list here. Tickets will be available in May of next year at The 2018 Carnegie Hall event will take place at the Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. improv show to the hallowed concert hall for one night only on Thursday, June 28, 2018. Show Full Article The foursome’s on-stage reunion will serve as the kickoff for the 20th annual Del Close Marathon, a days-long improv festival named for the man whom many consider the father of modern improv. “Twenty years ago we started doing improv in a bar where we could barely hear each other,” Amy Poehler said in a statement.

Seth Meyers goes after Senate’s ‘breathtakingly cruel’ healthcare bill

“It should take longer to debate a healthcare bill than it takes to binge-watch a season of ‘Empire.'”In actuality, Meyers noted, Obama ensured there was time for debate and even held White House summits at which Republicans could question the Affordable Care Act   bill for hours. Meyers played a clip of Sen. As for the secrecy surrounding this bill, compared to the ACA bill, the clips told it all.“The process for writing this bill was so secretive that even the people who were supposed to be writing it had no idea what was in it,” Meyers said, referring to the working group of 13 senators assembled to draft the bill. A montage of clips showed McConnell had opposed the process of   President Obama’s Affordable Care Act when it was being passed — complaining about it being written behind closed doors and the rush to push it through.Cut to 2017 and a clip of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer   (D-N.Y.) asking McConnell whether the Senate would have more than 10 hours to review and amend the repeal bill before it goes to a vote. With Senate leaders at long last unveiling a draft of their Obamacare repeal bill, “Late Night” host Seth Meyers admonished Republicans for what he considers a “breathtakingly cruel bill.”During the show’s   “A Closer Look” segment on Thursday, Meyers said the Senate’s tightly guarded legislative outline for   Trumpcare “somehow made the House bill even worse.”Meyers singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his hypocrisy in the drafting of the bill. Mike Lee (R-Utah), who admitted that he hadn’t seen the bill.“What we’re seeing right now,” Meyers said, “is a breathtakingly cynical process to produce a breathtakingly cruel bill.” Latest updates A question McConnell answered with: “I think we’ll have ample opportunity to read and amend the bill.””You can’t even guarantee 10   hours of debate?” Meyers said.

Hundreds of mini Harry Potters broke a world record for the anniversary of Philosopher’s Stone

Each child sported Harry’s signature circle glasses and a lightning-shaped scar, as well as a Gryffindor tie and wand, per the Guinness adjudicators strict instructions, and had to stand together for five minutes to make it official. Not DJ Khaled’s baby. Check out the photos below. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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Show Full Article Hundreds of schoolchildren in full Harry Potter garb gathered on the lawn of Smithills Hall in Bolton, England, on Friday in honor of the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s   Stone. Bolton Library and Museum Services collaborated on the record break attempt with Bloomsbury Publishing, which has been planning several other promotional events for the 20th anniversary of the   first book in the 7-part series,   Philosopher’s   Stone, or Sorcerer’s Stone, for American readers. Nearly 700 bespectacled students from 11 Bolton schools broke the Guinness World Record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed like Harry Potter, formerly 521, with 676 mini participants. This is the cutest thing you’re going to see all day. This.

Speed of Sounds: Edgar Wright’s 20-year journey to make Baby Driver

When those guys are suddenly thick-as-thieves because of the shoot, it’s like, Well, my work here is done.”
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The hard work paid off when Baby Driver premiered to a rapturous reception at this year’s SXSW and Sony showed its confidence in the film by bumping up its release from August to June. Abrams was doing a sort of career talk with me, and he specifically wanted to show the Mint Royale video,” says Wright. “I was like, ‘Well, I’m totally available! But I knew that it was a cool idea, this idea of a cops-and-robbers movie, set to music, and choreographed. So because of that, he has to listen to music all the time to drown out the noise in his ears.”
Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Kenny Joon, Flea, and Jamie Foxx portray robbers reliant on Baby’s tire-burning skills which are showcased in three major car chases. There’s a lot of scenes with Jamie and Jon and [what they are] saying, and Bernthal and Flea as well, that are based on real anecdotes.”
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Wright road tested his idea to choreograph onscreen action to music on a couple of other projects. “I know that Ansel would have liked to have done more driving but obviously, some of the real trick stuff, you’ve got to leave it to the experts.” Those experts included stunt driver Jeremy Fry who, for a scene in which Baby drives at speed through an alley, managed the difficult feat of pulling two consecutive 180 turns to avoid an array of obstacles, including a moving truck. “Whilst we were showing it to the audience, J.J. leaned over to me and whispered, ‘You know, I think this would make a great movie.’ And I whispered back, ‘I am way ahead of you!’”
Around five years ago, Wright held a table read for the   Baby Driver script with a group of actors which included Hamm. “When I started writing, I had eight of the set-piece songs nailed down,” he says. [Laughs] Yeah, it was a long long time ago, almost everyone was different in the room. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done. “It’s more than just editing it to music afterward,” says Wright. Show Full Article “I didn’t have the character yet, but the structure of the car chase and the bank robbery at the start of the movie is extremely similar to what I came up with 22 years ago.” As Wright made his name with the British sitcom Spaced, and then 2004’s horror-comedy   Shaun of the Dead, he continued to think about his idea for a car-chase thriller, with other favorite tunes like The Damned’s “Neat Neat Neat” and Focus’ “Hocus Pocus” inspiring more sequences. “We would find the locations and measure them out,” he explains. (Fun fact: the biscuit gets its name from the first film on which it was used: Seabiscuit.) Wearing a seatbelt was required for actors sitting in the car for reasons which became clear when Elgort, Foxx, Joon, and Flea decided to do a take without them. But then, you have the other sequences where there’s the choreography, and the gun fights, and the running sequences. “People do car chases in different ways,” says Wright. “The opening car chase scene, when they’re driving, there’s not as much for Ryan to do. “He works for Doc, Kevin Spacey’s character, doing the getaway-driving for heists. I thought it was a very cool thing if they could get it to work and, knowing Edgar’s incredibly visual vocabulary, and unbelievably meticulous preparation, and imagination, I was like, Well, he’s the perfect guy to do it.”
At the time, Wright was still planning to make the Marvel superhero movie Ant-Man, the screenplay for which he was writing with Attack the Block director, Joe Cornish. There wasn’t a lot of room for error, man.”
Wright also employed the services of an actual choreographer, Ryan Heffington, a two-time Grammy nominee for his work on the Arcade Fire’s “We Exist” and Sia’s “Chandelier.” “He was involved with anything to do with the human body,” says Wright. You learn that when he was 7, he was in a really bad car accident, and both his parents died, but he also got tinnitus in his ear. “A different movie would have done that in a parking lot with green screen,” says Prescott. In Shaun of the Dead, the director and cowriter-star Simon Pegg included a sequence where a zombie is beaten with pool cues in time with Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.” He also directed a music video in which comedian Noel Fielding played a getaway driving grooving out to “Blue Song” by British techno duo Mint Royale. But, in May 2014, the director abruptly left the project following a dispute with Marvel over script changes and ultimately zeroed in on Baby Driver as his next project. “It was very different than with the belt,” says Elgort. “But I’d do more. “Car chases are as painstaking to make as they are fun to watch,” he says. It should be a class in film school—you go out and choreograph something to a song!”
To create the illusion that Elgort was driving at high speed in the film, Wright often utilized the “biscuit,” a low-to-the-ground trailer which transported the getaway cars and the actor and whose real driver was positioned offscreen. “You don’t have to fake any expressions when you’re doing 180 degree turns!”
Baby Driver stars Ansel Elgort as the titular tinnitus-stricken getaway driver, Kevin Spacey as the crime boss who employs him, and Lily James as the waitress with whom Baby falls in love. Each of those sequences is meticulously choreographed to the songs Baby listens to while driving, and which he has to select before commencing the getaway. Action and music — it’s all my passions in one movie!”
Watch a trailer for Baby Driver above. “And that was one of the most fun things about writing it, was dreaming up these scenarios and then meeting people who can actually verify some of it, or say, ‘Oh, that’s interesting, that reminds me of this,’ and then come up with some other amazing anecdote which then worms its way into the script. “He had this [film] pretty far down the line development-wise and everyone thought, like I did, that it was a pretty cool idea.”
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Before the shoot, Wright sought advice from filmmakers with relevant experience, including Rush director Ron Howard and Mad Max franchise overlord George Miller. “Baby is   the getaway driver for this group of criminals,” says Elgort. “When you’re driving eighty miles an hour and the actors are reacting to what is happening, that is worth its weight in gold,” laughs Wright. So, overall, it creates a real spell.”
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Wright had the kernel of the idea for Baby Driver more than two decades ago while editing his debut movie, 1995’s micro-budgeted comedy-western   A Fistful of Fingers. So is director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz), who decided to get his cast as close as possible to the on-the-road action while making his new heist movie, the Atlanta-shot Baby Driver (out June 28). (Ant-Man would be directed by Peyton Reed, with a script credited to Wright, Cornish, Adam McKay, and the film’s star, Paul Rudd.) “When Ant-Man   went the way Ant-Man went, I think this opened up a hole in his schedule,” says Hamm. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside when, you know, somebody like Ryan Heffington, who is a fantastic dance choreographer, and Darrin Prescott, who’s kind of like an action wizard, can be working hand-in-hand, and learn a lot off from each other. “We were all like — ‘Waaah!’ — holding on to sh– for dear life.”
Both Elgort and Hamm drove for real in scenes which involved little in the way of potential peril. It’s just an amazing thing. “But Fury Road is one of my favorite movies of the last 20 years, and the way he did it made a lot of sense to me, in terms of plotting out the entire things on storyboards. Bored with movie car chases which feature more green screen manipulation by visual effects artists than real-life white-knuckling on the part of actors? “Seven years ago, at the Los Angeles Film Festival, J.J. “Then we’d go down to Atlanta Motor Speedway and actually drive the car and time it out. It really all comes down to planning.” Much of the planning was undertaken by the film’s second unit director Darrin Prescott (John Wick) who was tasked with making sure the beats of the film’s car chases were in lockstep with those of its soundtrack. “We found this alley, filled it with a bunch of trucks and dumpsters and Jeremy, at about 70 miles an hour, dances the car around them. “I thought, if I’m going to make this movie, I have to authenticate it,” he says. Always the most beautiful thing to me is where you can take people of disparate crafts and bring them together as a team. His big sequence would be the opening credit sequence, where Baby goes to get the coffees and comes back, and it’s all in one Steadicam shot. “Then, in the writing of the first draft, and very much like Baby himself, I wouldn’t write a scene unless I had the right piece of music.”
Wright found further inspiration in films like Bullitt, the Blues Brothers, and Walter Hill’s The Driver, and by interviewing ex-convicts about their real-life criminal histories. So, has Wright’s more than 20-year itch to make a music-fueled car chase movie been satisfyingly scratched? At the time he was obsessively listening to the Jon Spencer Blue Explosion’s just-released album Orange, and in particular the track “Bellbottoms,” which accompanies the opening sequence in Baby Driver. “I had met Edgar and professed my fandom, and he mentioned that he had something percolating,” says the Man Men actor. “Actors and stuntmen are choreographing the action to that. “There are quite a few shots in there with them actually driving,” says Wright. “I started to imagine this car chase that was set to that song,” he says.

Ricky Martin on playing his first gay character in The Assassination of Gianni Versace

It didn’t take much to convince Ricky Martin to be part of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. For starters, Martin, who appeared on Glee, wanted to work with Ryan Murphy again. Show Full Article I feel humbled. That took me back to eight years ago when I was in the closet and it just moved me.”
RELATED:   Exclusive Photos of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
It’s also a role that requires Martin’s first on-screen sex scene which came rather naturally to the star. “I thought I was going to be more uncomfortable,” admits the singer. On the contrary, I was ready to do what needed to be done.”
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story will air in 2018. “It is special because I am speaking on behalf of a lot of people that can’t be heard,” says Martin. “The exhibitionism kicked in for a moment and all of a sudden I was naked in bed in front of 20 people from the crew and another actor I met that same day. But the pop superstar, who plays Gianni Versace’s longtime love Antonio D’Amico, also wanted this story to be brought to life. I was not nervous at all. Paparazzi!’ You don’t understand. It’s something that I really wanted to be loud about.”
The project marks several firsts for Martin, including his first role as a gay man since Martin himself came out in 2010. It’s so raw and honest and so dramatic and sad. “We’re going to go mainstream with a story that talks about homophobia, that talks about hate, that talks about indifference. But at the same time you show the love of Gianni and Antonio and 15 years of struggling, fighting. To read more on The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. He admits that has given this project special significance. “It’s a story that needs to be told,” says Martin. “There was a scene where Gianni is weak and almost falling on the beach and I touch him and he goes, ‘Don’t touch me! Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

Here’s a video of every single product placement in a Michael Bay movie

Long before he directed   Transformers movies, Michael Bay made commercials. Each film contains multiple instances of Budweiser bottles, Cisco computer servers, and the like. A new video from ScreenCrush ambitiously set out to catalog every single instance of product placement in Bay’s films — and found quite a lot. To find out the total amount of product placement in Bay movies, watch the video above. But as anyone who’s ever watched a Bay film knows, he didn’t exactly abandon big-name brands when he started directing actual movies. Show Full Article The final count of products placed in Bay movies exceeds more than 500. Written and directed by ScreenCrush editor Matt Singer and edited by Ryan Arey, the video explores Bay’s filmography chronologically, from 1995’s   Bad Boys through last year’s   13 Hours. The video highlights each one with a yellow circle, and occasionally interjects to point out just how absurd some of the placements are, from a Mountain Dew machine in a college dorm room (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen)   to   a Chinese brand of protein powder showing up in Chicago (Transformers: Age of Extinction). Transformers: The Last Knight   is in theaters now.

Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination joke

It wasn’t funny. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official.”
Depp previously played Trump in a movie for Funny or Die called Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal. After the crowd cheers and boos died down, Depp added, “I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. “I hope that some of Mr. The image is too disturbing. Before Depp apologized, his comments were condemned by many on social media and by Trump’s White House. Johnny Depp has apologized for joking about the assassination of President Donald Trump on Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival in England. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”
On Thursday, Depp introduced a screening of the 2004 film The Libertine by asking the crowd, “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” an apparent reference to John Wilkes Booth, the actor who murdered Abraham Lincoln. The Pirates of the Caribbean star is the latest performer to come under fire for joking about Trump’s death. In May, comedian Kathy Griffin participated in a photo shoot that featured her holding a decapitated head meant to invoke Trump. I understand how it offends people. “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” White House representatives said in a statement (per ABC). Griffin later apologized for the picture, saying, “I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. (Caesar is assassinated in the play.)

Show Full Article But I like that you’re all a part of it.”
Watch the video below. … I went way too far. “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” Depp said in a statement released to PEOPLE. I lie for a living.”
Before that, Depp previously told the crowd Trump “needs” help and joked “this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible. I get it.”
Earlier this month, conservatives became irate over the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park production of   Julius Caesar that featured an actor, Gregg Henry, playing Caesar but dressed to look like President Trump.

Everything we know about John Green’s new book

John Green, the acclaimed author of massively popular YA novels like Papers Town and Looking for Alaska, has announced that his next book will hit shelves this October — his first novel since 2012’s The Fault in Our Stars. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.” The16-year-old protagonist grapples with mental illness as she investigates the disappearance of the billionaire. It’s been really fun — hard, but fun.”
Release date
Oct. It is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. Here’s everything we know so far about his long-awaited return:
Turtles All the Way Down

Turtles All the Way Down. October 10th 2017. Short answer: the biggest reptile in New Zealand. Attempting to show the logical problem with the myth, the professor asks what’s beneath the second turtle. — John Green (@johngreen) June 22, 2017

Though the title might suggest a focus on the hard-shelled animals, publisher Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers,   says the novel “begins with a fugitive billionaire and a cash reward. In the meantime, here’s a picture:
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Where Green announced the book
If you’re an avid Green reader, you probably know that he and his brother, Hank, host a popular YouTube series called   The Vlogbrothers. Long answer can be found here. 10, 2017

Show Full Article The audience member humorously responds, “It’s turtles all the way down.”
What is a tuatara? In an oft-used anecdote, a professor tries to explain the solar system, only to have someone in the audience argue in favor of the ancient myth suggesting the earth is flat and   rests on   the back of a giant World Turtle. Background
In 2015, Green admitted on Reddit that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, writing, “I’ve known that I have this mental illness for a long time, and I’ve had a lot of therapy and learned a lot of strategies for dealing with my illness.”
In a statement from the publisher, Green said, “This is my first attempt to write directly about the kind of mental illness that has affected my life since childhood, so while the story is fictional, it is also quite personal.”
What that title means
The phrase “turtles all the way down” is an expression used to illustrate a logical problem in cosmology, the study of the origins and fate of the universe. The professor asks what the turtle is standing on, and the audience member says it’s on the back of another turtle. The author took advantage of his appearance at VidCon on Thursday to let the world know about Turtles, saying, “In the last two years I have been able to work consistently on a story, and it’s been really great.

Orphan Black cast prepares you for this week’s episode

As for P.T. “At one of the parties,   Kristian Bruun (who plays Donnie Hendrix) did something so outrageously amazing and [co-creator] Graeme Manson happened to be there and he wrote it into the episode.”
Though Bruun told Manson there’s “no way that you can get this and this into the same episode,” Manson managed. Orphan Black airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. Catch more from the cast of   Orphan Black in the full episode of   Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available now on the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Need more teases? The fifth and final season of BBC America’s hit sci-fi series,   Orphan Black is upon us and the cast knows the first two episodes were dense. Thankfully, they stopped by Entertainment Weekly: The Show   to recap highlights of the second episode   and prepare viewers for what’s to come this week. Show Full Article “I am proud to say that one of the things that happens in this episode is a direct result of a kitchen party in the house that I was living in with my family in Toronto,” Maria Doyle Kennedy (who plays Siobhan Sadler) says. Westmoreland, star Tatiana Maslany promises we’ll be seeing much more of him going forward. “He factors in heavily,” she says. Go to, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. You’ll have to watch the clip above. on BBC America.

First look: Peter Dinklage and Jamie Dornan in My Dinner With Hervé

My Dinner With   Hervé   stars Peter Dinklage as Villechaize and Jamie Dornan as Tate, both of them appear in full early-’90s regalia in the first-look photo HBO released on Friday, and is written and directed by Sacha Gervasi. The Tate role is informed by his real-life experiences, and as such, the night in question has life-changing consequences for both involved. The actor had gained global recognition for his roles in   The Man With the Golden Gun   and the TV series   Fantasy Island by the time he died by suicide in 1993. Show Full Article A journalist himself, Gervasi was actually the last person to interview Villechaize before his death. My Dinner With   Hervé   is still in production and does not yet have a release date. Once upon a time,   Hervé Villechaize was the most famous dwarf in the world. HBO Films’ upcoming movie   My Dinner With Hervé, sets out to tell the story of what happened when Villechaize formed a one-night friendship with struggling journalist Danny Tate shortly before his death. Check out the photo above.

Johnny Depp apologizes for assassination joke while Donald Trump Jr. invokes Amber Heard

The Secret Service told the Associated Press that it was aware of the comments in question. (Grant Pollard / Associated Press)Johnny Depp went from snarky   to sorry after joking in Britain about assassinating President Trump.The White House was rote in its response Friday to comments the actor made Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts in Somerset, England. “Ha, Depp wants to make social commentary: Johnny Depp’s team knew of alleged abuse of Amber Heard,” the younger Trump tweeted Friday, invoking the rocky end of the actor’s marriage to his “Rum Diary” co-star and   including a link to a Daily Mail story referencing court documents related to the actor’s lawsuit against his former managers.On Thursday night, while introducing a screening of his 2004 film “The Libertine” and fielding fan questions at Glastonbury, Depp elicited boos when, according to People, he asked the crowd, “Can you bring Trump here?”   He then pivoted: “No, no, no, you misunderstood completely. Trump Jr. “By the way, this is going to be in the press. It will be horrible. I like that you are all a part of it.”He continued: “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” referencing the death of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth in 1865.“I want to clarify, I am not an actor. “I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone,” the actor said. “I hope that some of Mr. I think he needs help   and there are a lot of wonderful dark, dark places he could go.”The boos turned to cheers, according to the Guardian. “It is just a question —   I’m not insinuating anything,” Depp said. “However, it has been a while and maybe it is time.” Latest updates — who   served as an attack dog during the dust-up over an image of Kathy Griffin   holding a fake bloody, decapitated head   in the likeness of his father   — took a shot. “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” the White House said   in a statement   obtained by ABC News and others. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if this was directed towards a democrat elected official.”Depp apologized via a statement to   People on Friday afternoon, saying he was sorry for “the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump.” He said it didn’t come out right. “For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” it said. I lie for a living,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star said. Friday morning on Twitter, the president was ignoring Depp’s remarks, choosing instead to focus on his regulation reductions and signed bills.However, Donald J.

Dennis Rodman takes credit for Otto Warmbier’s release from North Korea

I don’t look at the political side about him. He died Monday. this is all planned.”When Strahan   asked Rodman about his friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — whom   Rodman has called “a friend for life” — and how the basketball star could maintain that relationship in the face of Warmbier’s treatment, Rodman was initially cagey.”He’s a friend of mine, OK, great. Let’s try to work this out,” Rodman said.On Friday, North Korea denied accusations that it had mistreated Warmbier.”The fact that Warmbier died suddenly in less than a week just after his return to the U.S. I look at the friendship about him,” Rodman said.”It’s the politics that’s the bad thing,” Rodman emphasized. “It’s a diversion … in his normal state of health indicators is a mystery to us as well,” a statement from the country’s official   Korean Central News Agency said.”To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident and there would be no more foolish judgment than to think we do not know how to calculate gains and losses.” Latest updates Former NBA star Dennis Rodman made an appearance on Friday’s “Good Morning America” and essentially   took credit for North Korea’s release of Otto Warmbier, an American college student imprisoned in the country for 18 months.Warmbier   returned home to Ohio on June 13 with severe neurological injuries. Chris Volo, Rodman’s agent, sat alongside his client during the interview with Michael Strahan   and detailed what he said was their involvement with Warmbier’s release.”I asked on behalf of Dennis for [Warmbier’s] release three times,” Volo said, referring to the release as a “type of good faith.”Last week, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert denied that Rodman had anything to do with Warmbier’s release, and when asked about his visit   said, “We strongly, strongly suggest Americans not travel to North Korea.”Warmbier’s father echoed the sentiment regarding Rodman in a news conference on June 15.”Dennis Rodman had nothing to do with Otto,” he said. “If we can try to figure something out, just open the door.”The two-time contestant of “Celebrity Apprentice” also used the interview to   encourage   President Trump to make more of an effort with North Korea.”Donald, come talk to me.

Spoiler Room: Scoop on Pretty Little Liars, Arrow, Chicago Fire, and more

How will Joan crossing over to the dark side come back to haunt her next season on Elementary? If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to Do you know who survived the explosion on Arrow? There’s a reason why it was Russians, Katarina was Russian, Reddington was a navel intelligence officer who was dealing with the Russians, so yes it is part of that fabric, but that wasn’t intended as a big clue. — Aly
It is probably no coincidence that when Red was kidnapped 30 years ago, it was by Russians — and there’s a good chance the show may revisit that fateful mission in the future. “The example I like to point to is that was true in Walking Dead. It was really nothing more than a joke I thought we would never even do because it sounded difficult to have to empty out our entire set. He may think she owes him a favor, not the other way around. “Honestly, I pitched it as a ridiculous joke that I need to get out of my head,” EP Steve Molaro says. Be sure to email your questions to or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams. — Kelly
She may come to regret making a deal with the devil. “On paper, it would appear Joan’s business with Julio ‘Halcon’ Zelaya is concluded,” EP Rob Doherty says. Marlene King says. We’re not making Rip a bad guy or that kind of villain, rather this is Rip as… the Ronny Cox in Beverly Hills Cop to our Eddie Murphy. “I know everyone is trying to determine who survives, who dies, what is the result of the cliffhanger based upon people’s contractual status, and I would say that’s not necessarily a good idea,” he says. “In season 2, he was turned evil,” EP Marc Guggenheim says. He’s the guy who’s trying to do things the proper way, follow the rules, get things done with a certain level of efficiency, and here come our Legends of Tomorrow, who go about things a bit more unorthodox.”
Are the Mikaelsons seriously considering separating?! “I think fans are going to be surprised when they find out who the father of Emily/Alison’s baby is,” showrunner I. “He gave her evidence that she was able to use to bring his sister’s killer to justice, but Halcon may not see it the way Joan sees it. According to EP Derek Haas, the show will soon be casting for a new recurring female friend of Sylvie Brett’s from her hometown who shows up at Firehouse 51 — and who might be trouble. — Melodie
There will be some fresh blood coming to Chicago Fire next season. Just because they were series regulars did not mean that everyone came out of that cliffhanger alive.”
Anything on #OneChicago shows? The Originals finale promos have me worried. That was built purely for one joke. I’ll take anything, ANYTHING on the Pretty Little Liars series finale!! Not likely. — Dana
Let’s put it this way: They will do anything to save Hope, and if that’s their only option, they’re definitely going to consider it. That was more so just to feather in nicely to the mythology and the backstory with all our characters because that’s where he would’ve been working.”
Are we going to meet new neighbors on The Big Bang Theory next year? “This is not Evil Rip. Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. In fact, we did not empty out our entire set, we rebuilt the apartment on the stage empty.”
This week in TV: As if Owen and Amelia’s relationship on Grey’s Anatomy wasn’t complicated enough…
That’s a wrap on this week’s Spoiler Room. Additional reporting by Samantha Highfill. They had a season finale similar where you had a group of characters, all of whom were series regulars, in a dire situation at the end of their season. — Jess
Although most fans are looking forward to finding out the identity of A.D., there’s another big reveal coming in the show’s final two hours: Who’s the daddy? Show Full Article What do you have on Legends of Tomorrow season 3? By the end of the finale, a main character will completely change their life. Gang leaders are funny that way.”
Scoop on The Blacklist please! But regardless of what decision they make about how to fight the Hollow, it won’t be the only big decision of the hour. — Carlisle
You mean because of that empty apartment downstairs? — Karen
EP Marc Guggenheim cautions not to feel safe in the assumption that most of the core characters will definitely survive because they’re expected to return next season. “It lines up with the mythology. “Potentially,” EP Jon Bokenkamp says. “That’s one question we’re going to find out.” Any guesses? “It was just a visual sight gag on the heels of their lab in the security building being cleaned out for them to then come home and the apartment to appear to be cleaned out as well. — Tara
The Legends of Tomorrow will find themselves facing off against Rip Hunter (and his new Time Bureau) once again next season, but it will be very different from what we saw last year.

What to know about Unicron after seeing Transformers: The Last Knight

According to the Transformers mythos (which sounds lovely when voiced by Sir Anthony Hopkins in the new movie), Unicron’s origins come from literally before the dawn of time, when he was created by The One as a representation of pure chaos. Unlike the destructive, chaos-loving Unicron, Primus is a lover of order and creation. 5. That twist comes to fruition in Transformers: The Last Knight, and it’s one Quintessa hopes to manipulate to her advantage (at least if the movie’s end-credits sequence is any indication). (Sounds like an ode to the Death Star, perhaps?) The character   made major waves in the opening scenes of 1986’s animated   The Transformers: The Movie, in which, voiced by film legend Orson Welles, the planet-sized Unicron gobbles up the small world of Lithone. Transformers: The Last Knight is out now. Unicron is not like other Transformers — he is so gargantuan that he can transform into a mechanical planet himself. He’s big. The character is mentioned throughout Michael Bay’s new Transformers film, Transformers: The Last Knight, and the ending sets up the possibility that Unicron could play a large role in future installments of the series (should it continue beyond what Bay has called his final go-around with the characters). Bad news for Prime in the future? The following piece contains spoilers for Transformers: The Last Knight
Unicron is one of the biggest, fiercest threats to peace and order in the Transformers universe, but the character had never appeared in the Transformers film series … until now. 4. To prepare for the introduction of Unicron, we’ve put together a brief explainer with some of the more salient things to know about this big baddie from past Transformers lore. Show Full Article He has brother issues. Paramount Pictures
1. Unicron is able to possess and take over others from his world, too, thereby manipulating both Autobots and Decepticons to his will. Like, celestial being old. The brothers, therefore, represent the different poles of existence, two sides of the same coin, a conflict from which very existence springs forth. Like,   planet big. Along with Unicron, his twin brother Primus was created. He can possess other Cybertronians (i.e., Transformers)
In the current Transformers film, Optimus Prime breaks bad after being corrupted by Quintessa, the Autobots’ and Decepticons’ alleged maker. 3. He’s old. He’s closer than you think. 2. According to past Transformers mythology, Unicron was set adrift in space, ultimately attracting planetary debris to eventually become… planet Earth.

Emmy Watch: Leah Remini fights Scientology ‘for people who don’t have a voice’

All I can do is present my case to people.”

Show Full Article “I felt apathetic about making real change in the world.” Not anymore. I’m not the FBI. A version of this story appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly,   on stands now and   available here. The star decided to go public with her story on an A&E docuseries, and as executive producer and presenter, she chronicled the fraught experiences of other former members. “I’m not the Department of Justice. When Leah Remini left Scientology — a group she belonged to for 35 years — in 2013, she didn’t depart quietly into the night. “We must stand for people who don’t have a voice to speak for themselves,” Remini says. Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Remini nixed her original plan to end the series last year when, she says, she saw people coming out of the shadows to share their experiences during the show’s run. This, Remini says, is her way of helping. “That’s why I stayed in Scientology: I believed I was doing righteous work. The A&E docuseries Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath focused on a controversial subject. And its star isn’t done yet. Season 2 will air this summer, with Crash director Paul Haggis (a former Scientologist himself) entering the fray. “I have an eighth-grade education,” the 47-year-old says. Now I’m using that same tenacity, but moving it to the right side of the fight.”
(The Church of Scientology disputes the claims made on the series, saying Aftermath “is nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted, and dramatized work of fiction.”)

Remini didn’t always have the confidence to speak out.

Syfy orders pilot for George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers

Neuhauser. Show Full Article Jeff Buhler wrote the script, which will be executive-produced by Gene Klein, David Bartis, Doug Linman, Alison Rosenweig, Michael Gaeta, Lloyd Ivan Miller, and Alice P. Nightflyers tells the story of eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who, hoping to make contact with alien life, embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system aboard The Nightflyer, a ship with a small,   tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain. Martin’s 1980 novella, the network announced Friday. Martin,   who is involved with several of the numerous Game of Thrones spin-offs in the works, is not attached to the project. R. “The script that Jeff delivered encapsulates this classic sci-fi horror story and adapts it to a platform where we can truly explore the depths of madness.”
Syfy’s rebooted lineup includes new series Happy!, the graphic novel adaptation starring Christopher Meloni, and Superman prequel Krypton. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; St. Martin's Press
“We are looking forward to diving deeper into George R. Syfy has officially ordered a pilot for   Nightflyers, an adaptation of Game of Thrones author George R. Robert Jaffe, who wrote the 1987 film based on the novel, is also attached as a producer. R. Martin’s chilling world of Nightflyers,” said Bill McGoldrick, executive vice president of scripted development for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other — and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.

Bumblebee will return to 1980s Volkswagen mode in next Transformers movie

Now, with   Travis Knight, director of Kubo and the Two Strings, overseeing the Bumblebee stand-alone, the Transformers franchise is embracing its history. “You never know.”
Except … yeah, count on it. “The interesting thing about doing a spin-off is it has to have some familiarity with the franchise, and then it has to have its own distinct qualities for it to stand on its own,” di Bonaventura says. “Bumblebee’s a very loving character. — can become part of an expanded universe. Little brothers, guard your shoulders. He’s got a lot of heart, so of course the idyllic life of these two is interrupted by the evil Decepticons. Before he became a sleek Chevy Camaro in the hands of Michael Bay, the littlest Autobot took the form of a roly-poly yellow Volkswagen Beetle, which Bay’s 2007 movie dissed in a joke set at a used car lot. “It’s the story of a 17-, 18-year-old girl who, through a series of events, she and Bumblebee find each other, and they make each other whole,” di Bonaventura said. This time next year, it’ll be Punch Bug season. Bumblebee is going back to bug form. “You might even see a VW Bug,” Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura tells EW. After that, Paramount is trying to see if Transformers — and a few other Hasbro toy properties, like M.A.S.K. Show Full Article Obviously, the Bumblebee film serves as a kind of prequel to the Bay movies. And how are they going to be able to deal with the problem without Optimus and without everybody else?”
True Grit and The Edge of Seventeen   actress   Hailee Steinfeld has been in talks to play the lead role, and the movie is set to begin filming in August with plans to be in theaters by next summer. In an effort to expand the Transformers cinematic universe, the next movie in the franchise after this weekend’s The Last Knight will roll back the clock and take place in the era that first defined the shapeshifting alien robots: the 1980s.