Lindsay Lohan wants Bill Condon to direct her in ‘The Little Mermaid’ musical

In a plea to the studio to cast her   in her first major theatrical role since 2013’s Scary Movie 5, the 30-year-old actress and vocalist has posted a side-by-side Instagram photo   featuring herself and a rendering of   Ariel from Disney’s 1989 hit   The Little Mermaid, asking the house of mouse to   consider her for the part in a remake. Though she hasn’t fronted a mainstream movie since playing Elizabeth Taylor in the 2012 Lifetime biopic   Liz & Dick,   Lohan made   headlines   at the center of her 2014 docuseries   Lindsay, which premiered in March 2014 on the Oprah Winfrey Network. In November, Lin-Manuel Miranda said he was “in super-early talks” to work on a live-action version of the movie for Disney. Lindsay Lohan/Instagram

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Disney did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment,   though a source close to   Lohan   did confirm she   actively “wants to do”   a new   version of   The Little Mermaid   for the studio that once helped launch her movie career with   tween   comedies   Freaky Friday,   The Parent Trap,   Herbie: Fully Loaded, and   Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. She has since filmed the upcoming horror flick   The Shadow Within, about a private investigator who moonlights as a werewolf,   written a treatment for a   Mean Girls   sequel, and, in January,   had a meeting with President   Recep Tayyip   Erdoğan of Turkey, during which she reportedly discussed the   Syrian refugee crisis. Sofia Coppola was, at one point,   attached to direct   an adaptation of the original Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale,   but   later dropped out of the Universal and Working Title film due to creative differences. Show Full Article Lohan has since edited the post, simplifying the caption to “#thelittlemermaid,” but before doing so, she also indicated she envisions   the project being a family affair, probing Disney to hire her sister, Aliana Lohan, to sing the potential production’s theme song. “I will sing again, as   #ariel   #thelittlemermaid   [if] @Disney approve that   #billcondon   directs it,” she said Sunday, referencing the Oscar-winning screenwriter and director who previously worked on films including   Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Gods and Monsters. Condon’s latest film, a live-action interpretation of Beauty and the Beast, hits theaters on March 17. Nearly a decade after the release of her last solo single, Lindsay Lohan has announced she will sing again… if Disney gives her the chance.

‘Billions’ premiere introduces TV’s first gender non-binary character

Attorney’s office (commanded by Paul Giamatti’s growling Charles Rhoades). If you were to guess which TV series would be the first major program to introduce a gender non-binary regular character, Showtime’s Billions   probably wouldn’t leap to mind. The manager defensively squirms, worried he’s offended them,   until Taylor lets him off the hook with a slight smile (“Of course I’m vegan”). “We wanted this to be a human being and not somebody who was perfect, and that scene felt like for us was the best way to go about it.”
Expect Taylor and Axelrod to form an unlikely partnership this season as the billionaire looks to exploit Taylor’s talents (which include playing a mean game of poker — bringing producers back to the world of their breakout title, Rounders). Visibility and education are so important — particularly now in the face of the current administration.”
The showrunners conducted research and interviews among the non-binary community to write the role, and also regularly consulted Dillon as well. Yet its Billions’ hyper-masculine perspective that makes Sunday’s season 2’s introduction of Taylor so mesmerizing. “People were coming in to [audition] from the entire LGBTQ spectrum. When casting a role you can’t ask questions [about a person’s gender] in advance, that would violate all sorts of decency.”
The role represents the big breakout for the New York actor after scoring a minor role in Orange is the New Black. “Brian and David and the producers and the crew were all very welcoming but also very adamant about the fact they wanted me to speak up and say, ‘Hey, that’s not how somebody is non-binary would say,’   or, ‘’have you thought about it from this perspective,’” Dillon said. I feel very proud to represent something on television that hasn’t been represented before. The high-finance drama is hyper-focused on the dueling testosterone-soaked worlds of Axe Capital hedge fund (led by Damien Lewis’ scheming Bobby Axelrod) and the Southern District of New York’s U.S. “You want to cast partly for veracity but primarily you want to cast the best actor for the part,” Levien said. “The very first walk-and-talk that I get to do with Damien Lewis. But when Asia came in and read they were so locked in and perfect for it. So it seemed really worth doing.”
When it came to casting the part, the showrunner did not specifically seek out an actor who was non-binary. I know it would have meant a lot to me, as a younger person, especially. Occasionally a script would come through where the pronoun would be wrong,   and I felt very comfortable shooting an email to Brian and David and saying, ‘Oh, I just caught this’ and they didn’t take it personally and it got changed right away. “They wanted it to be a collaborative experience and it was. Show Full Article “And as you pointed out, to have this male-dominated world of hedge funds and then introduce a gender non-binary character who was brilliant and ambitious but also someone who could take their own moral inventory was really interesting to us. It made me feel really respected and comfortable during the whole process.”
Taylor’s introductory scene is particularly sharply done, which has the head-shaved Axe Capital intern giving their manager some grief for assuming they’re vegan, demanding to know why he’d make that assumption. And of course, we noticed the way gender has become something that we’re all discussing and learning knowing more about and grappling with. “We were looking for a character that Axe could see himself in — someone as smart as Axe is and someone who   Axe could potentially groom,” said Brian Koppelman, who co-created the show along with David Levien. “We want to play with your expectations of the character,” Levien said. Some were in various stages of transition and some were asked if there was going to be a major change in [their appearance in the] next couple months. I always wanted to do a walk-and-talk. And getting to do my first one with Damien Lewis was very exciting.”
Season 2 of   Billions premieres Sunday at 10 p.m. Billions showrunners say they were looking to add a character in season 2 who could effectively match wits with   Axelrod. Dillon recalls reading Taylor’s character description and thinking, “‘My gosh, this is incredible, this feels like me.’ That a non-binary character was going to be on a show like Billions, on a network like Showtime, and they were going to be integral to the plot and their gender identity was just one of many parts that made up the character — that really drove me to want to play this part. As played by Asia Kate   Dillon (who, like the character, also does not identify as either gender), Taylor is a hyper-smart rising star intern at Axe Capital who disrupts hedge fund world with their unique presence (and yes, “they” is the preferred pronoun — as Taylor crisply informs a nonplussed Axelrod when they first meet). But the scene Dillon was most excited about was one of the most simple. ET on Showtime. And it was only after that we learned how they lived their life.

Box office: ‘LEGO Batman’ scales ‘The Great Wall’ for top spot

Matt Damon’s The Great Wall, a historical monster movie made by Zhang Yimou, one of the most respected Chinese directors working today, premieres to an estimated $18.1 million over its first three days at 3,326 sites — a decent start considering a potentially disastrous wave of   controversy swirling around the film’s casting. At No. but soared to $386.3 million   from foreign audiences. launched in December, though audience response to the genre’s latest offering is muted at best; Fist Fight   earns a middling B grade on CinemaScore, while moviegoers purchased roughly $12 million worth of tickets over the weekend. 1. The third film to be released under the Warner Bros. Per comScore, overall box office is down roughly 3.7 percent from the same frame last year. A Cure for Wellness – $4.2 million

Show Full Article Though it has yet to   land at the top spot in the U.S. The laugher bows as the first live-action mainstream comedy to invade theaters since James Franco’s Why Him? Split – $7 million
8. 2 with an estimated $21 million. Rounding out the top five is the New Line comedy Fist Fight, starring Charlie Day, Ice Cube, and Tracy Morgan. 10 is the week’s final new wide release, A Cure for Wellness, director Gore Verbinski’s first feature since helming 2013’s The Lone Ranger. Fist Fight – $12 million
6. Fifty Shades Darker – $21 million
3. The romantic sequel, adapted from   E.L. Twentieth Century Fox
Elsewhere, Hidden Figures   descends out of the top five for the first time in six weeks as it falls 11 percent to an estimated $7.1 million. The horror-thriller clocks in with a disappointing $4.2 million three-day gross on a $40 million budget. Animation umbrella, LEGO Batman   repeats at the top of the domestic   chart over Fifty Shades Darker, which holds steady at No. Both films’ totals will increase tomorrow when final President’s Day estimates roll in. James’ popular book series, commands a further $43.7 million from 59 markets for a combined global total of $276.9 million on a $55 million budget. The LEGO Batman Movie keeps its adversaries at bay for the second weekend in a row as it adds an estimated $34.2 million to its $98.8 million North American total over the first three days of the holiday weekend. The LEGO Batman Movie – $34.2 million
2. 17-19 weekend box office estimates below. 9 with $4.5 million, while its overseas sales pass the $200 million mark, bringing its global number to $339.6 million. The Theodore Melfi-directed film reigns   as 2016’s highest-grossing best picture Oscar nominee, with a ballooning total currently resting at a stunning $142.6 million. The Great Wall – $18.1 million
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While its North American ticket sales are muted, worldwide audiences are driving the $150 million Legendary and Universal production to stellar business overseas. The film marks Damon’s lowest-grossing wide opener since We Bought a Zoo   kicked off   with $9.4 million in 2011. Four-day totals will be updated Monday. A Dog’s Purpose – $5.6 million
9. To date, The Great Wall has amassed $244.6 million from international territories, amounting to a massive $262.7 million global haul thus far, recalling the grosses of Universal’s 2016 actioner   Warcraft,   which made a soft $47.4 million in the U.S. Its domestic grosses now stand at $58.7 million. La La Land – $4.5 million
10. Hidden Figures – $7.1 million
7. Coming in at No. and Canada, Fifty Shades Darker   sits pretty at the peak position on the worldwide chart for the second week in a row. John Wick: Chapter 2 – $16.5 million
5. 4, John Wick: Chapter 2 posts a sophomore tally   that outshines its predecessor’s $14.4 million debut number by over $2 million, finishing the weekend with an estimated $16.5 million. The calendar year’s most-nominated Oscar contender,   La La Land, follows at No. Check out the three-day Feb.

How Lady Gaga’s ‘A Star Is Born’ could earn Oscar recognition

“You sit there and you think, ‘Lady Gaga wants all the vocals live. “The music supervisors kind of look over at me like, ‘Can we do that?’ Yeah, we can do that. I want to sing live, I want the band to be live,’” Morrow said of the Grammy winner’s approach to the project, for which she is reportedly writing original songs. 28, 2018. Bill Condon’s Dreamgirls   nabbed the honor in 2007; Tom Hooper’s 2012 re-envisioning of   Les Misérables recorded cast vocals during filming and won the Oscar for best sound mixing the following year. “She said, ‘Okay, look, here’s what I want: I want all the music to be live as well. Shortly after Morrow’s nomination for recording live vocals and instrumentation for   La La Land, the awards season juggernaut (and current best picture frontrunner) earned the Cinema Audio Society’s sound mixing award on Saturday night — an honor that has gone to six of the last ten winners in the Academy’s corresponding   category. I can always tell; it always affects   the performance. I don’t want it to feel like I’m singing to a playback track because it doesn’t feel right to me. Lady Gaga’s still   a few weeks away from stepping into shoes previously filled by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland, and Barbra Streisand on the contemporary remake of A Star Is Born, but the film’s Oscar prospects are already taking shape. “We come up with a plan and, so far I think we have a good plan.”
The art of sound mixing, described by Morrow as the craft of   recording a film’s   initial round of audio, is often lauded by the Academy when it pertains to movie musicals. Speaking to Next Best Picture‘s   Will Mavity during an interview published Saturday, Morrow, who received his first Academy Award nomination in January for his work on Damien Chazelle’s contemporary musical, revealed   A Star Is Born shoots between April and June in Los Angeles, noting Gaga as a guiding force   in pushing for the film’s uniquely challenging method of audio mixing. According to the film’s sound mixer, Steve Morrow, Bradley Cooper’s upcoming adaptation of the classic Hollywood tale will follow in the Oscar-verified footsteps   of films like La La Land and   Les Misérables   in that all of its musical numbers will be recorded live as the picture films. The   A Star Is Born   discussion picks up around the 44:40 mark. She wants to perform live every single time you see her sing.’ She’s going to be live.”

He also claimed Gaga’s vocals won’t be the only sonic element recorded on set during production on Cooper’s feature directorial debut, which revolves around a young singer (Gaga) whose career is given a jump-start with help from an aging, alcoholic movie star (Cooper). Listen to Next Best Picture‘s full interview with Morrow above. “I was hired on the film about two-and-a-half months ago and I’ve been grinding through it,” Morrow said of A Star Is Born, currently set for release on Sept. Show Full Article It’s my job to go, ‘Okay, how do we do this?’” he continued.

Drake disputes his Grammy category: ‘Hotline Bling’ is ‘not a rap song’

“There’s pop obligations they have, and I fluked out. It just doesn’t feel right to me. I am mixed, I am Jewish…   at the end of the day, when it comes to everything else, I’m black.”
Echoing racially-charged   industry criticism of the Grammys, which intensified Sunday night after Adele beat out Beyoncé   in the   Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year categories, Drake questioned the Recording Academy’s decision to classify his   gilded gramophone-winning hit “Hotline Bling”   under the rap umbrella   at the 2017 awards show. The 30-year-old   appeared on Saturday’s episode of Apple Music’s OVO Sound radio show for a one-hour interview that   highlighted his struggles to be taken seriously as a black Canadian artist covering multiple genres — and new sonic ground, as a result — in the American market. “I am referred to as a black artist, like last night at [the Grammys], I’m a black artist… I’m apparently a rapper, even though ‘Hotline Bling’ is not a rap song. I fluked out and got one of the   biggest songs of the year that is a pop song and I’m proud of that. 1 single in the U.S. “By the way, I’m speaking to you as a winner from last night. I love the rap world and I love the rap community… I write pop songs for a reason. I want to be like Michael Jackson. That’s when I feel like people are against me,” he told Beats 1 personality   DJ Semtex. “I ever feel like an outsider, it’s usually because I’m not American. Show Full Article The conversation about the Grammys begins around the 21:30 mark. as a lead artist, from the crop of Record of the Year nominees. I won two awards last night, but I don’t even want them because it just feels weird for some reason. Though he was a no-show at the 59th Grammy Awards ceremony, Drake is making his presence known to the Recording Academy — outside the category they’d initially placed him in. I feel almost alienated, or [like they’re]   trying to purposely alienate me by making me win rap awards or pacify me by handing me something and putting me in that category because it’s the only place where you can figure out where to put me.”
Listen to Drake’s full interview on OVO Sound above. “I guess maybe it has something to do with the fact that I have quite an eclectic makeup. The only category they can manage to fit me in is in a rap category, maybe because I’ve rapped in the past or because I’m black. Those are pop songs, but I never get any credit for that,” he speculated. I want to be like artists that I looked up to. I can’t figure out why.”
Though he did voice support for Chance the Rapper’s monumental victory among the Best New Artist set, Drake, a Toronto native, also pondered the omission of his 2016 hit “One Dance,” his   first No.

J.T. from ‘Survivor’ claims he’s the biggest ‘Game Changer’ of them all

Show Full Article I think my social game’s way better than Ozzy’s. If I win this time, I’ll play season 35, I’ll play season 36. J.T. I will make moves necessary to win the game. is confident heading into round three. (Also make sure to follow @thedaltonross on Instagram to see exclusive on-location photos, including one of J.T. What about dealing with these two players you know nothing about that just played last season? I’m ready to go out here and play and take all the questions out of people’s minds with “Who’s the best player?” When this season is over, they’re going to know who the biggest Game Changer is. So we’re not worried about J.T. So it would be awesome to have him as almost a physical threat/shield, if you will —   someone where you can say, “Hey, let’s get that physical threat out of here in Ozzy” and not me. Samoa and the mistake I made in Samoa was not necessarily that I made a move that cost me the game. trusts anybody. THOMAS: I will win Survivor: Game Changers because that’s what I came to do and I will settle for nothing less. For more Survivor scoop, follow Dalton on Twitter @DaltonRoss. I think the last thing they’re gonna remember is me in Samoa. And given the opportunity, I’ll probably vote ‘em to be out of this game. RELATED: Meet the Cast of Survivor: Game Changers
Whom do you want to align with? I would play it over and over. But why come back since you’ve already won? Mistakenly believing Russell Hantz to be on the outs on the Villains tribe, J.T. Let’s let him just slide through for a while.” And by the time they realize what they’ve done, it’s going to be too late. I’m not worried about tarnishing any legacy I may have at all. 100 percent. I’m here to win. I’m here to win. Watch the video above and read the Q&A below to see why J.T. I made a big move that could have gone either way —   I could have won the game or I could have lost the game, but I did not fail to make a big move. Are you worried about tarnishing your legacy? You can’t win ‘em all, but I’m here to win this one. out and help the Villains take control of the game. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. I believe I think about Tocantins more. casting his pre-game vote for whom he’d like to vote off first.)
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Why are you gonna win this season, man? I’d like to align with Ozzy. I’m not going to make any assumptions this go-round. And there’s been a lot of water under the bridge since then, but they’re going to say, “Hey, J.T. I didn’t have to do a whole lot. So I’d like to have Ozzy around for as long as possible. I think that just shows that I am a Game Changer. I think Ozzy’s a great player. He trusted Russell Hantz. You played one of the most flawless games ever and also made one of the most infamous mistakes ever. Why come back though? WHOOPS! I think other players are going to see me as really trustworthy and not near as big a threat as I should be, so I feel like I’m in a good spot. How do you think other players see you, J.T.? Does that Russell move make you gun shy at all? It definitely helps me that I’ve got some other strong competitors, and I’m excited about that. I’m here to win this time for me and my family —   for my wife. Thomas decided to play again, and the results his second time were far from ideal. He played one of the best end-to-end Survivor games ever in Tocantins, but then J.T. Didn’t quite work out that way as Russell used that idol to get J.T. hatched a plan to sneak Russell a hidden immunity idol at the challenge that could be used to save him and then have him defect over to J.T. How did you prepare to come back? I think I can beat him in the end, no problem. Now that he is back to play a third time, we talked to the Tocantins champ about both the good and the bad, which he thinks more about, and what he has in store this time for Survivor: Game Changers, which premieres March 8 on CBS. Which do you think about more — winning Tocantins or writing that letter to Russell Hantz? Does it help you that there are so many other strong challenge competitors to camouflage you? I don’t think it makes me hesitant at all that I made a bad move in Samoa. and the Heroes at the merge. I’m going to treat ‘em like complete strangers. I’m a competitor for life, and obviously, the money doesn’t hurt. I only know what I know.

‘The Good Fight’: Why Christine Baranski couldn’t quit Diane Lockhart

So, it had been discussed for a long time and yet when it came together it came together rather quickly. That kind of stature, that kind of dignity. I think they’re the best writing team in television. So, it’s all worked out perfectly. I could see over the course of seven years how much women responded to the Diane character, to say nothing of how well dressed she was. RELATED: Hear more of the latest TV news from this week

What kind of feedback did you get after the   Good Wife finale? I thought they should’ve been nominated every year. In preparation for tonight’s debut of The Good Fight on CBS and CBS All Access, we asked Baranski, 64, to reflect on why she chose to stay put in those fictitious law offices of Chicago. It was sort of iffy. Let’s see if we can make this work.’ And I said, ‘Look, if I can work with [Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King] again and if I can continue playing Diane Lockhart, and have basically the same work situation, then that’s as good as gold to me.’ Because those were years that were so productive, so creatively fulfilling. I always thought it was a wakeup to the consequences of what you’ve done. She goes through a spectacular fall. When CBS announced during last year’s Super Bowl that The Good Wife was coming to an end, star Christine Baranski was presented with two very attractive prospects: to star in a planned spin-off of The Blacklist on NBC or stick around CBS while it figured out a way to keep her playing attorney Diane Lockhart in another drama. Let’s face it: There are only so many roles out there for older women, but very few Diane Lockharts, you know. I’m sorry they never did. For an actress at this point in my career, to play a character, a female character as smart and as elegant as Diane… there’s a kind of integrity to her. The Kings were deeply preoccupied with BrainDead, but then it turned out that once BrainDead neared its end the Kings said, ‘You know, we really actually are very interested in writing full time for this.’ And I was of course overjoyed because that’s why I wanted to stay on. Wasn’t there doubt that the Kings could stay on beyond the pilot? I think people were stunned by it, which is always a great response. But there had been discussion like, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we could continue with what we had with The Good Wife in some way? (Lucky for us.)
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you explain how CBS convinced you to stick around for a spinoff? They didn’t expect it and once again that’s the brilliance of Robert and Michelle. You’re not going to see the same thing that you saw for seven years. 1 but by halfway into the pilot, she’s got her foundation rocked to the core. I thought it was shocking, but why not. In the bowels of this kitchen in the hotel, these two women confront each other. I never conceived of it as a bitch slap. And so, I began to get some other offers and then I got a really serious offer from another network to do another drama. I’m surprised they didn’t win an Emmy. Show Full Article ET on CBS before streaming exclusively on CBS All Access. Was there a way to spin it?’ There was nothing definitive in the works, but a sense that wouldn’t it be great if we could keep much of what was great about The Good Wife together? For seven years she was behind that majestic desk with Chicago, wearing her beautiful suits and being No. I had no problem with it. I loved the character, loved working with them as writers. Anyway, once I got a serious offer to do something else it sort of forced the hand of everybody to say, ‘Wait a minute. She has to transform her life so she’s upended emotionally and practically. And Alicia’s final seconds on camera were like, ‘My God, where has my life taken me?’ So, it wasn’t necessarily as dark an ending, in my mind or Julianna’s, but it was a moment of extreme reckoning for both women. They will just turn you at the last minute in a whole other direction that you didn’t expect. I thought if I could get that character back, I was willing to stay rather than venture into something unknown. She starts the pilot as No. RELATED: The 11 Best Episodes of The Good Wife
The fact that you stuck around for the spinoff says so much about your experience on The Good Wife. I think people were hoping for Diane and Alicia [Julianna Margulies] to go off to the women’s firm or Alicia to land on her feet, or for Alicia to make a choice between one man or another. Our scene was shot in a fluorescent-lit back part of a hotel. CHRISTINE BARANSKI:   I was something of a free agent, because the end of The Good Wife was announced Super Bowl weekend. The Good Fight will have a special premiere on Sunday at 8 p.m. 1 at the law firm. And so, I’d like to see how far this goes, how far this takes me, because the pilot is a 180-degree turn for Diane.

‘The Royals’ creator teases season 3 finale: ‘Liam’s lost a lot’

… And then Kathryn became part and parcel to that story   because now you’ve also got affairs of the heart at the center of it, too.”
Schwahn continues, “Liam lost a lot of things [this season], whether they were taken from him, whether he took them for granted and lost them. So now you’ve got two leaders, and who’s going to blink? If season 3 of The Royals has felt like a lighter, more fun, and twisted love-triangle go-round than last season’s murder mystery, that feeling was intentional. “I wanted Jasper and Eleanor to be happy for a while,” he admits. He found his relationships changing: Eleanor was closer to Robert before Robert was gone and then Liam got this relationship with his sister that he maybe never had, and then Robert comes back. Liam was probably that follower when Robert left, but in his absence, Liam had grown into a leader of sorts. But there was one couple that needed to stay solid… at least for the time being. Show Full Article And it’ll also be just as prevalent in Sunday’s finale. “I remember saying in the writers’ room in the first week, ‘When can The Royals be The Royals again?’” creator Mark Schwahn tells EW. on E!. But don’t get too sad about reaching the end: The Royals will begin filming season 4 this summer. “I think fans roll their eyes at that a little bit considering where they’re at right now in terms of story.”
As for our two warring princes, Schwahn says, “What I was compelled by is when you have a leader and a follower, it’s fine and there’s harmony. Helena’s close with Robert; Cyrus loves Robert; Kathryn had been with Robert and felt like [going back to him] was the right thing to do.”
We’ll find out if Liam gains any of those things back (we’re still #KingLiam, buddy!) in the season 3 finale, which arrives Sunday at 10 p.m. “Of course we do like our dramatic moments and we do like heartbreak and mystery, but we also want to be that sort of cheeky, aspirational, wish-fulfillment playground once in a while, too.”
From there, he pitched the network a “relationship-driven season” and came up with the ideas for Kathryn with the princes and Spencer with Elizabeth Hurley’s Queen Helena.

Kurt Russell action figure reveals look of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ character

You can see the action figures of Ego the Living Planet and Star-Lord, below. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The answer became public knowledge this weekend when the company Entertainment Earth unveiled Hasbro’s   Star-Lord and Ego Action Figures 2-Pack at the Toy Fair in New York City. 2 costars Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki. What will Kurt Russell’s character Ego the Living Planet look like in the upcoming Marvel superhero sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Marvel/Hasbro
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. In addition to being a planet, Russell’s character is also, of course, the father of Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill. Show Full Article 2   hits theaters May 5. 2   ? The two action figures are part of the Marvel Legends Series and will go sale in August.

Bono praises Mike Pence’s defense of AIDS bill during friendly meeting in Germany

“That’s how we know you.”
“It was an extraordinary historic accomplishment and you played a leading role in carrying it forward,” Pence responded. He also co-founded the ONE Campaign which aims to eradicate poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa by raising awareness and encouraging Americans to contact senators/elected officials and voice their opinions. “Enjoyed chatting w/ Bono at @MunSecConf,” he wrote. “Twice on the House floor you defended that,” Bono told Pence. As an Indiana congressman at the time, Vice President   Pence was an advocate   for PEPFAR’s passing. The critics claim that Pence’s defunding of Planned Parenthood, which was one of the few places in some parts of Indiana that offered HIV testing, as well as his alleged dithering on pushing forward a needle exchange bill to fight passing infections, led to a rise in HIV patients in Scott County. It was first signed   in 2003 under President George W. Afterward, Pence   tweeted about the meeting. Bono meets Vice President Mike Pence in Munich: "You're the second busiest man on earth." https://t.co/RgGAioQJyG pic.twitter.com/xB7ZFi1A4t
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The rockstar   has been raising awareness about the   global HIV/AIDS epidemic for nearly two decades now — co-forming Product Red, which partners with big brands (Nike, Gap, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Beats by Dre, etc.) to help raise money for charities fighting the disease. He eventually approved a bill for needle exchanges which led to a reduction in the number of HIV cases. Show Full Article “I heard you were in town.”
“You’re the second busiest man on earth,” Bono joked. While Pence did advocate for   PEPFAR’s passing, some critics have claimed that he enabled an   HIV outbreak in Indiana when he was serving as governor. “Discussed prior effort to twice pass Africa AIDS assistance & future security in developing nations.”
The Munich Security Conference marks Pence’s first trip overseas as vice president. This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. The two men discussed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) — a government initiative to provide treatment, testing, education, and counseling to those suffering with HIV/AIDS in Africa (among other places). Bush and later renewed in 2008 under President Barack Obama. “I appreciate the chance to get together with you for a minute,” Pence told Bono. After an address at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday in which he vowed that the United States will “hold Russia accountable,” Vice President Mike Pence   had a brief visit with   U2 frontman and activist Bono.

‘Zootopia’ Oscar posters parody ‘La La Land,’ ‘Nocturnal Animals’

See some of the 2017 Oscar-pegged posters below, with more on THR. Florence Foster Jenkins becomes Fru Fru Foxter Jenkins, starring Meryl Squeak. Nocturnal Animals becomes Nocturnal Mammals, directed by Tom Furrd. The posters, which also reimagine   Hacksaw Ridge (Hogsaw Ridge) and Hell or High Water (Hell or High Otter), were revealed   on The Hollywood Reporter Friday. The Zootopia directors are at it again. “So in the spirit of this awards season, we decided to pay tribute to the best films of 2016.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Cinderella, Jurassic World, and more film highlights from 2015 also got the treatment. La La Land becomes La La Lamb, starring Ryan Foxling and Emu Stone. For Your Consideration: @OhMyDisney's #Zootopia Oscars Parody Posters: https://t.co/ToV8xPd20O pic.twitter.com/5y9C4He55r
— Disney (@Disney) February 18, 2017

Show Full Article “Even a year after Zootopia was released, we still feel compelled to create for this world and these characters,” Moore and Howard told the trade. A year after posters for   Oscar nominees including   The Revenant and Bridge of Spies were recreated using characters from the Disney film,   Rich Moore and Byron Howard gave the same treatment to the latest   crop of awards contenders.

Tom Holland burns his ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ script to protect Marvel secrets

“After a while they started putting [the scripts] in a computer,” he told Conan O’Brien. (Iron Man) and Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), confirming the Avengers will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin). Watch Holland’s video below. “So, to all the producers who are probably freaking out because I forgot to hand in my script, here is evidence that I am destroying it.”
After filming his headlining role in Spider-Man: Homecoming (hitting theaters this July 7), Holland is currently working on   Avengers: Infinity War at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. #NoSpoilers. Rule number one… hand in your script 😂
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When   Holland was just a cameo in Captain America: Civil War, he told SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio that he didn’t even want to read the rest of the script for fear of spoiling something important in interviews. “Rule number one… hand in your script,” the actor captioned a post on   Instagram. So I actually don’t know what it’s about.”
Mike Colter, who plays Marvel’s Luke Cage in the eponymous   Netflix series, previously joked that he   learned his character “three lines at a time” because of the tight   secret-keeping process. “So if you want to do something you have to put your fingerprint on there, you had to put a little swab of your saliva in the thing…I mean, that’s what you have to do to get the computer to open up, and then you leave it for 10 seconds, it closes again and you gotta do the thing all over again.”

Show Full Article “Marvel [would] like   to keep everything a secret,” he said in the video. In a video featurette posted online near the start of production, he was spotted next to Robert Downey Jr. Tom Holland, newly minted Spider-Man and   Marvel gatekeeper, is so determined to keep movie spoilers from leaking that he shared video of himself burning his script for   Avengers: Infinity War. “[Marvel]   offered for me to read the script, and I said ‘No, I don’t want to read it,’ because I’ll be doing all these interviews and I’ll end up telling secrets and stuff,” he said. “I’ve got such a big mouth.

Vin Diesel duets with Selena Gomez on new ‘It Ain’t Me’ mix

— Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) February 18, 2017

Show Full Article Thank you for believing in me enough to ask me to sing. Wow. Let me know what you think. Just speechless. Thank you @kygomusic for producing this 2017 HIT! The new Kygo mix is up on my Facebook page. Thank you @Selenagomez for bringing that beautiful and magical voice. I followed your lead when I went into the booth… #kygoselenavin #ItAintMe #gratefultomakemagic #believeinyou
A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Feb 17, 2017 at 11:26pm PST

Diesel, a longtime fan of Kygo, teased of the project on Friday, “For years I have done low tech karaoke for you die hard fans, often showing a different and emotional side. The magician somehow took my voice and and added it to the super talented Selena… Kygo sent over the track today and I am Speechless. The   new song “It Ain’t Me” featuring Selena Gomez dropped on Thursday, and the track has   already been remixed into a duet by her collaborator, Norwegian DJ Kygo, featuring   the Fast and Furious star. I followed your lead when I went into the booth…”
Listen to the mix below. “All love,” Diesel wrote   in releasing the new mix on Facebook. Let me know what you think. I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one, haha. Selena's voice is beautiful and welcoming. Wow. Thank you @Selenagomez for bringing that beautiful and magical voice. Speechless.”

You are going to be as shocked as I am… Kygo the magician just took my voice and added it to his new track. Thank you @kygomusic for producing this 2017 HIT! “You don’t sound like every f—ing songwriter that we have coming in here that sounds the same.”

“You are going to be as shocked as I am,” Diesel tweeted. Be sure to add “recording artist” next to “action star” on   Vin Diesel‘s résumé. Speechless. But I was never invited into a professional studio, or never had the courage to try it for real with an engineer and everything. But I was never invited into a professional studio, or never had the courage to try it for real with an engineer and everything. “Kygo the magician just took my voice and added it to his new track. “It’s your own take on it,” one of the producers is seen commenting. Pained and celebratory simultaneously. Thank you for believing in me enough to ask me to sing. — Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) February 17, 2017

Go to my Facebook page… wait for it… again thank you Kygo for making magic. A post shared by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on Feb 16, 2017 at 9:47pm PST

He also posted to Facebook this week a behind-the-scenes video of the recording process. Dream come true!! Pained and celebratory simultaneously. He continued on Instagram, “I stepped out of my comfort zone for this one, haha. WOW!!!! The magician somehow took my voice and added it to the super talented Selena… Kygo sent over the track today and I am Speechless. Just speechless.”

This was the day after I chilled with Kygo at my post Grammy party… for years I have done low tech karaoke for you die hard fans, often showing a different and emotional side.

‘On Body and Soul’ wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival

The story is set in a Budapest slaughterhouse, where the subdued   quality controller   Mária (played by Alexandra Borbély) and her boss Endre (Géza Morcsányi) bond over their spiritual kinship. This year’s festival jury also named Aki Kaurismäki Best Director for   The Other Side of Hope,   Georg Friedrich Best Actor for Bright Nights, and Kim Minhee Best Actress for On the Beach at Night Alone. On Body and Soul follows Fire at Sea, the Italian documentary that won the Golden Bear last year, and   Taxi, which won in 2015. The Elle filmmaker said in a statement (via Deadline) that the panel “fell in love” with   On Body and Soul. See the full list of winners below. On Body and Soul, the Hungarian love story from writer-director   Ildikó Enyedi, won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Golden Bear for Best Film
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Dir: Ildikó Enyedi
Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
Felicite
Dir: Alain Gomis
Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
Spoor
Dir: Agnieszka Holland
Silver Bear for Best Director
Aki Kaurismaki
The Other Side of Hope
Silver Bear Best Actress
Kim Min-hee
On The Beach At Night Alone
Dir: Hong Sang-soo
Silver Bear Best Actor
Georg Friedrich
Bright Nights
Dir: Thomas Arsian
Silver Bear Best Screenplay
A Fantastic Woman
Dirs: Sebastian Lelio, Writer: Gonzalo Maza
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution
Dana Bunescu
Ana, Mon Amour
Glashutte Original Documentary
Ghost Hunting
Dir: Raed Andoni
Best First Feature
Summer of 1993
Dir: Carla Simon
Golden Bear Best Short Film
“Cidade Pequena”
Dir: Diogo Costa Amarante
Silver Bear Jury Prize Short Film
“Ensueno En La Pradera”
Dir: Esteban Arrangioz
Audi Short Film Award
“Street of Death”
Dir: Karam Ghossein
PANORAMA AUDIENCE AWARDS
Fiction Film
Insyriated
Dir: Philippe Van Leeuw
2nd Place
Close-Knit
Dir: Naoko Ogigami
3rd Place
1945
Dir: Ferenc Török
PANORAMA DOKUMENTE
Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
Dirs: Raoul Peck
2nd Place
Chavela
Dirs: Catherine Gund, Daresha Kyi
3rd Place
Ghost Hunting
Dir: Raed Andoni
EUROPA CINEMAS BERLINALE LABEL
Insyriated
Dir: Philippe Van Leeuw
GENERATION KPLUS
Crystal Bear Best Film
Little Harbour
Dir: Iveta Grofova
Special Mention
Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship
Dir: Tobias Wiemann
Crystal Bear Best Short Film
“Promise”
Dir: Xie Tian
Special Mention Short Film
“Hedgehog’s Home”
Dir: Eva Cvijanovic
Grand Prix for Best Film
Becoming Who I Was
Dir: Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon
Special Mention
Summer 1993
Dir: Carla Simon
Special Prize for Best Short Film
“Grandfather”
Dir: Amar Kaushik
Special Mention
“Sabaku”
Dir: Marlies van der Wel
GENERATION 14PLUS
Crystal Bear Best Film
Butterfly Kisses
Dir: Rafael Kapelinski
Special Mention
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves
Dir: Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie
Crystal Bear Best Short Film
“Wolfe”
Dir: Claire Randall
Special Mention Short Film
“SNIP”
Dir: Terril Calder
Grand Prix for Best Film
School Number 3
Dir: Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux
Special Mention
The Foolish Bird
Dir: Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka
Special Prize for Best Short Film
“The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do”
Dir: Juanita Onzaga
Special Mention
“Into the Blue”
Dirs: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic

Show Full Article Director   Paul Verhoeven led the international jury, which also included   Maggie Gyllenhaal   and   Diego Luna.

Shia LaBeouf, collaborators slam museum for closing installation

We were only informed of the museum’s capitulation in an email from their attorney, Brendan O’Rourke — a lawyer who we note also represents the current president. “Their evident lack of commitment to the project is damning,” a joint statement from the trio posted to LaBeouf’s website   reads. It is clear, therefore, that the Museum of the Moving Image is not fit to speak of our intent as artists.”
The trio will be reviving He Will Not Divide Us at the El Rey Theater in Albuquerque, New Mexico beginning Feb. In a statement from the museum published to its website, the installation was shut down for creating “a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses,” and becoming “a flashpoint for violence.”
LaBeouf, Turner, and Rönkkö claim, “It is our understanding that the museum bowed to political pressure in ceasing their involvement with our project. “On numerous occasions, we voiced serious concerns to the museum about hate speech occurring at the site of our project, and requested that the museum act responsibly in moderating this and providing the public a means of reporting such incidents. Our requests were not even acknowledged, let alone acted upon.”
He Will Not Divide Us, envisioned as a four-year live stream project, was launched in January just outside the museum in response to Donald Trump’s election. The   creators state “there had been no incidents of physical violence at the site of our project that we are aware of, nor that we had been informed of at any stage by the museum.” However, a video clip posted to the installation’s official Twitter feed (which has since been suspended) showed LaBeouf getting in a shouting match with a man who appeared to be spouting white supremacist rhetoric. Show Full Article Attendees were encouraged to speak the phrase, “He will not divide us,” into the camera. “From the outset, the museum failed to address our concerns about the misleading framing of our piece as a political rally, rather than as a participatory performance artwork resisting the normalisation of division.”
“In fact, the museum demonstrated a spectacular lack of judgement — and courtesy to us as artists — by neglecting to consult us when they staged a political rally at the site of our artwork on January 29, 2017,” the statement   continues. Shia LaBeouf   and his collaborators Luke   Turner and Nastja Säde Rönkkö slammed The   Museum of the Moving Image in New York City after the site   closed down their anti-Trump installation, He Will Not Divide Us. In a separate incident, LaBeouf was arrested by NYPD after a physical altercation with a 25-year-old man. 18.

Hasbro’s 40th anniversary ‘Star Wars’ toys recreate classic movie scenes

Lights, camera, action figures. Hasbro
Leia noir. Hasbro
“Help us Obi-Wan, you’re our only hope …”
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“Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. Although these new 6-inch toys are much larger than the Kenner originals that hit shelves in late 1977,   they are displayed in similar bubble and card packaging — for an extra helping of nostalgia. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.”
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“But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!”
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“Somebody has to save our skins … Into the garbage chute, flyboy!”
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“When I left you I was but the learner. Hasbro
A recreation of Kenner’s “Early Bird Certificate.” Parents who ordered action figures that weren’t yet available could give this placard to kids as a kind of galactic IOU. Show Full Article Hasbro has unveiled a new line of retro-style Black Series toys for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars this spring. This Vader and background is part of the   $39.99 “40th Anniversary Legacy Pack.”
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For more Star Wars news, follow @Breznican. (Hasbro acquired Kenner in 1991.) Each of the toys retails for $19.99 and will be available later this spring. Above, you see the new Black Series Han, Leia, and Luke fleeing Darth Vader and his Stormtroopers in   a scene aboard the Death Star. And they’re unveiling them with this series of photos featuring the playthings recreating memorable scenes from the film. Now,   I   am the master! Hasbro
“If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
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“Your powers are weak, old man.”
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Vader conquers the backyard. Hasbro
The flip-side. Below, check out more adventures for our plastic heroes.

Big Sean responds to viral video of fan being tackled at signing

Everyday a dream come true #IDecided.”
The video   (warning: NSFW language) shows the fan struggling on the ground while police   hold him down. some guy waited in line in the cold since 10am, bought my CD, when I signed his CD n shook his hand he TRIED to hit me off guard
— Sean Don (@BigSean) February 18, 2017

I wanted to keep the signing going but the store shut it down. — Sean Don (@BigSean) February 18, 2017

The rappers rep did not respond to requests for comment. Show Full Article We had a good event.”   They did not supply further details on the incident or the signing itself. Everyday a dream come true🙏🏾#IDecided. The rapper tweeted about the event on Saturday, writing, “Look I never comment on this type of s— but they can’t do me dirty and say a fan smacked me or no s— like that.”
The 28-year-old continued, claiming that a fan was waiting in line for his album,   I Decided, since 10 a.m. Big Sean did take the time to thank his fans for supporting his album and music, writing, “I got the #1 Album in the country currently and am grateful for every listener who got love for me. The manager of the store tells PEOPLE, “It was a successful signing. Big Sean is seen in the background smiling and looking confused as police   order people out of the store. Big Sean is denying   reports that a fan allegedly slapped him at a signing on Friday after a video of the incident went viral. The video went viral after a fan shared it on Twitter claiming that the tackled fan had “smacked” the rapper. This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. After signing the man’s copy and shaking his hand, Big Sean writes, “he TRIED to hit me off guard.”
The rapper claimed that the   FYE store in Flushing, New York, shut down the event after the incident occurred, although he claimed he wanted to continue on with the event. Sorry it got ruined for the rest of the real fans
— Sean Don (@BigSean) February 18, 2017

I got the #1 Album in the country currently and am grateful for every listener who got love for me.

Jimmy Fallon sums up recent presidential events with ‘This Week in Words’

The late-night host also pointed out that, less than a month after taking office, Trump is   already kicking off his 2020 presidential bid with a rally in Melbourne, Fla. ET on NBC. “When they heard the 2020 campaign was already beginning, Americans started deporting themselves.”
Watch the full clip below, where “This Week in Words” puts a musical spin on recent events, including Michael Flynn’s resignation as national security advisor, Trump’s insistence on referring to many media outlets as “fake news,” plus a Grammys appearance from Beyoncé and Adele. On the latest Tonight Show segment “This Week in Words,” Jimmy Fallon couldn’t help but put the spotlight on President Trump’s   headline-making week. “Then after yesterday, Buchanan said, ‘I think you need to click your refresh button’.”
Fallon was referring to the now infamous press conference held Thursday — where Trump stated he “inherited a mess” — which The New York Times called “77 chaotic minutes.” “It’s not good when your first press conference gets the same review as John Wick   2,” Fallon said of the critique. “A new survey of historians just ranked James Buchanan as the worst president ever,” said Fallon. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon   airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on Saturday. Before getting to the video montage that highlighted Trump’s ability to create buzzwords and his continual focus on crowd numbers at his appearances or speeches, Fallon shared an interesting piece on a vote the president didn’t win. Show Full Article

Jokers from ‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘The Dark Knight’ face off in fan video

Find out   which of the two versions   won out   in the video above. Ledger’s casting   initially   received harsh criticism from fans but was later lauded for his performance for which he posthumously won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. What ensues is a shootout that leaves the two   Clown Princes of Gotham as the last men standing. In the video, part of the channel’s   “Minute Match-Up” series, Leto’s Joker breaks into the other’s warehouse to take back his property, Harley Quinn. Which is the   better Joker — Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight or Jared Leto in Suicide Squad? Show Full Article A new fan-made video from the   ismahawk YouTube channel may have   an answer. I’d make Joker the main villain and engineer a more grounded story.” The real standout proved to be Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), who’s now co-headlining a spinoff   about the Gotham City Sirens. Ayer wrote in a letter posted to social media, “Wish I had a time machine. Danny Shepherd and Jeremy Le, self-dubbed “a couple of geeks with a camera and a passion for action,” partnered with the folks at Loot Crate to imagine what would happen if these two cinematic Jokers found themselves in a room together. Leto’s turn in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad didn’t   receive as   much goodwill, mainly over the character’s lack of presence in the film.

John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ inspires new board game

and Project Raygun will be at Toy Fair in New York City, Feb. But remember: We ain’t playing with Windows. We all love playing them, but none of us had designed one before. As soon as John Carpenter’s suspense masterpiece   The Thing was mentioned it very quickly became our top choice. Movie merchandise company Mondo announced today that it is creating a board game based on John Carpenter’s classic 1982 horror film The Thing called Infection at Outpost 31. The next step was to figure out how to actually make a game. Game mechanics are an incredibly complicated art form and we didn’t want to enter this space unless we were going to get it right. “So many of the films we celebrate at Mondo would be an absolute blast in game form. Luckily our dear friends at Project Raygun were completely up to the challenge. 18-21. “When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was; what film property would we go after?” Mondo Brand Director Jay Shaw said in a statement. Show Full Article We ain’t playing with him! In the game, players will race to discover who among them has been infected by the movie’s famously monstrous creature. Want to play something that’s weird and pissed off? The division’s inaugural product line is scheduled for release starting Fall 2017. They’ve built an incredibly challenging fast paced game of paranoia that transports players directly into the film.”
USAopoly, Inc. Infection at Outpost 31 is the first fruit of a partnership between Mondo and Project Raygun, a new initiative from board game company USAopoly to combine iconic properties with what is being described as “visionary art and design.” Art duties on the game are being handled by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative.