(The directors reportedly strayed from Kasdan’s script and disagreed over tone.)The origin story, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo and Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian, is already six months into production. Since much of the material has already been completed under Lord and Miller, it’s unclear how the Directors Guild of America will handle who receives credit on the finished work.Howard, who had been approached by Lucas to direct “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” but declined, said of his dozens of directorial efforts, he is “probably” most proud of his own 1995 space odyssey, “Apollo 13.” And as he finally prepares to launch into a galaxy far, far away, he’s just happy that he’s still working.”This is what I’ve always dreamed of. When I was being directed by George Lucas on ‘American Graffiti’ in 1972, we were standing out in front of Mel’s Drive-In in San Francisco where we were shooting,” Howard said (via Deadline).”And I said, ‘Do you know what you think your next film might be?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, I want to do a science fiction movie, but a really fun one like “Flash Gordon” with the effects of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001.”‘ I thought, ‘That sounds like a kind of crazy idea.'”The “Happy Days” alum and his wife stood in line for two hours the day “Star Wars” was released in 1977: “It was all the things you dream you’re going to experience in the movies.”So moved by what they had seen, they immediately stood in line for another 90 minutes to watch it again.”So many people involved with the ‘Star Wars’ franchise are friends, so it’s gratifying to be able to lend my voice to the universe — coming in when it’s already been in production and there is a great amount of work done,” Howard said onstage.The prequel film also stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo. Production is set to resume on July 10, and the film is still expected to hit its previously announced release date of May 25, 2018. There’s no one thing except to do what I’ve been doing and find ways to hopefully do it better.” Latest updates I love to work… But I’m not quite the self-starter that you think I am. “I’d like to work for a long time. I need a little push and then go into a world whether its Formula One or outer space, and now the ‘Star Wars’ universe,” Howard said. “Star Wars” fan Ron Howard is “beyond grateful” to add his voice to the Lucasfilm franchise and hopes “to honor the great work already done” on the upcoming Han Solo film, which he inherited from directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.The Oscar-winning director proclaimed his love for George Lucas’ universe and eagerness to take the helm on Twitter on Thursday following the official news that he would replace Lord and Miller on the untitled project after they were surprisingly ousted over creative differences with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. Howard, 63, referred to his involvement as “a little opportunity that came my way” during an onstage discussion at the Cannes Lions festival Friday.”I’ve been around the ‘Star Wars’ universe from the beginning.
Williams stars as an aspiring New York playwright in The Incredible Jessica James, which made its premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Jessica Williams has made her mark (and made us laugh) as a correspondent on The Daily Show and as the co-host of the podcast 2 Dope Queens. Now, the Jim Strouse-directed rom-com is heading to Netflix, and the streaming service has dropped the first teaser trailer. Eventually, she winds up on a date with a recently divorced man named Boone (Chris O’Dowd). The trailer introduces Jessica as a 20-something playwright who’s trying to navigate Tinder and recover from a recent breakup — while working a catering job and shaming manspreaders on the subway. But now, she’s taking on a new role: movie star. Lakeith Stanfield and Noël Wells also star, and The Incredible Jessica James will premiere on Netflix on July 28. Show Full Article
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“The success of TV marathons on Twitch illustrate how our community thrives on interactive programming, as they connect over memes, nostalgia, and the social experience in chat,” said Ben Vallat, VP of Business Development, Twitch. Mystery Science Theater 3000, which was recently rebooted on Netflix but before that ran on Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel from 1989 to 1997, features a unique concept — a host, trapped by mad scientists in space, is forced to watch a series of outrageously bad B movies. Show Full Article The six-day event will stream live on Shout!, Factory TV’s new Twitch channel, for free and feature 38 of the series’ 197 episodes, making it the most extensive collection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) episodes ever assembled for a marathon. Following a Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood streaming marathon, Twitch has announced its latest multi-day TV marathon: classic cult hit Mystery Science Theater 3000 will take center stage (or screen, as it were) beginning June 26. Alongside two robot sidekicks, they provide a running commentary for the so-bad-they’re-good flicks, presaging the age of the live tweet and constant commentary on the media we consume. “Because Mystery Science Theater 3000 mirrors the viewing experience on Twitch given that the show is all about people watching other people and making comments, it is right in the wheelhouse of our viewers and should make for a memorable communal event.”
The series was originally hosted by its creator Joel Hodgson, who left the show in 1993 and was replaced by series head writer Mike Nelson. Twitch is looking to capitalize on this within its fan community.
For Phoenix, EW has learned Dazzler will pop up but only in a small role and there is no plan at the moment to have Swift play her. Dark Phoenix, the upcoming X-Men film about the classic Jean Grey storyline, is gonna be even more dazzling than other installments: EW can confirm that mutant pop star Dazzler, who not only can sing and dance but also manipulate light, will appear in Phoenix. #FlashbackFriday to that time Cyclops and I went shopping at the mall and found our favorite singer’s album (pre 1989, of course). Fans might remember that X-Men: Apocalypse actually had a deleted scene where Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Scott Summers (Tye Sheridan) came across Dazzler’s album at a mall record store. A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Apr 29, 2016 at 1:48am PDT
Casting notices for Phoenix hit the Internet weeks ago with several parts open for new actors including one that sounds like Dazzler. Turner also made a 1989 reference which led folks to think that this image of Dazzler was Taylor Swift (the scene was ultimately cut from the final film). Show Full Article It’s scheduled for release on Nov. Jessica Chastain is also in talks to play the film’s villain. Turner revealed the shot on her Instagram page. 2, 2018. Dark Phoenix, directed by Simon Kinberg, will begin shooting this summer and stars Turner, Sheridan, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Alexander Shipp and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
And which random callbacks are we hoping to see? 12. Which mysteries should be solved? Ali’s yellow shirt is burned in effigy. Aria is wrong in the promo — she CAN marry Ezra. 6. 9. One of the Liars punches A.D. ET on Freeform. It’s almost time to say goodbye to Pretty Little Liars. 11. 5. Ashley Marin gets rewarded for being the best parent. Well, we have a few ideas…
1. 3. 2. Show Full Article Tell us! is revealed, he/she ends up dead or seriously locked up. No cliffhangers allowed. Some kind of callback to that time Toby wore a do-rag. With only the two-hour series finale left, we’re thinking about all the things we’d love to see happen before we leave Rosewood behind. Speaking of, who’s the father of that baby? Wine moms! (Bonus points if it’s Aria, who breaks out the moves she used on Sydney.)
10. in the face. Which couples deserve a happy ending? An explanation for the Wren of it all. 4. The final words are “We lied.”
The Pretty Little Liars two-hour series finale airs Tuesday, June 17 at 8 p.m. After A.D. 7. RELATED: Pretty Little Liars: Read a script page from the series finale
8. Ali and Emily’s baby is a girl… named Maya. SOMEONE wears a cool wedding dress (because we got cheated by not getting to see Hanna in one). Or at least they can live happily ever after together.
Grizzly Bear, “Four Cypresses”
Like the best songs from the indie-rock vets, “Four Cypresses” methodically adds layer after instrumental layer as it swells to intricate chamber-pop catharsis. 1 with his Despicable Me 2 jam “Happy,” and he contributed five new and addictive pop tunes to DM3. “When he’s in the studio with me, he [makes] certain smiles, certain movements. For more, read EW’s A- review. Imagine Dragons, Evolve
The Las Vegas rockers mixed things up for their third full-length. The songs still crackle with energy, but gone are the claustrophobic arrangements of hits like “Shots,” “Demons,” and, of course, “Radioactive.” As frontman Dan Reynolds told EW earlier this month, “We wanted to be selective about each noise. Listen to a playlist of the tracks from this week’s New Music Friday below. On his latest offering, he reimagines the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” as an over-the-top power ballad that’s so wrong it’s right. But this 20th anniversary reissue drives home how technology, corporate greed, and global economics haven’t advanced humanity so much as led us into some sort of irreversible modern dystopia (the computer-generated “Fitter Happier” sounds downright scary today). Various Artists, Baby Driver (Music from the Motion Picture)
The blockbuster’s soundtrack is a roaring compilation containing an eclectic mix from jazz throwbacks (the Dave Brubeck Quartet) to breakneck punk (the Damned) to bizarro ’90s alt-rock (Beck). —E.R.B. OKNOTOK pairs the original album with eight B-sides and rarities that were recorded during the OK Computer era, including the hauntingly gorgeous “I Promise.” —K.O. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. And if you’ve been hooked on grainy, distorted YouTube videos of the track since it’s live stage debut last year, the final studio version will feel worth the wait. Show Full Article From DJ Khaled’s star-studded 10th album to a bevy of unreleased, Purple Rain-era Prince tracks, here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. It was worth the wait. With twinkling, airy production and an infectious hook, his latest will vie for the top slot on your pool party playlist. For good measure, the soundtrack also includes Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” —E.R.B. Various Artists, Despicable Me 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Pharrell hit No. —N.F. In the past, all of our sonic textures have been almost a wall of noise and music. DJ Khaled, Grateful
Major key alert: The social-media king’s 10th album gathers practically every conceivable major name in music, from hip-hop heroes (Future, Nicki Minaj) to pop stars (Rihanna, Beyoncé) to megaproducers (Calvin Harris), for 23 epic tracks. —Kevin O’Donnell
Vince Staples, Big Fish Theory
“We were trying to create a new soundscape,” the 23-year-old California MC recently told EW. “We started recording right around the time Brexit happened and finished the album’s mixing and mastering right around Trump’s inauguration,” singer Franklin Fisher told EW earlier this year when summing up The Underside of Power‘s lyrical vibe. —E.R.B. —E.R.B. —Ariana Bacle
Chad VanGaalen, “Old Heads”
The woefully underrated Canadian singer-songwriter returns in September with his seventh studio album — and this lead-off track shows off VanGaalen’s quirky gifts perfectly: it’s a Kinks-style garage-rock jam that’s spiced with interstellar synths and his high, keening croon. It’s the third song Grizzly Bear have shared from their forthcoming album Painted Ruins, due in August. Flosstradamus, “How You Gon’ Do That” ft. Kendrick Lamar, Ty Dolla $ign, and Damon Albarn shine in brief cameos. —Nolan Feeney
Radiohead, OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017
The art-rock group’s masterpiece sounded like a bizarre sci-fi fantasy when it was released in 1997 — there’s no way humanity would ever become enslaved in a real-life version of Orwell’s 1984. —M.V. And though this is his first release, it’s probably far from his last: The broadcaster says he has plans to release 200(!) songs over the next four years. Ostrander recorded the cut the weekend of the icon’s death last year but thanks to a tricky sample — Erma Franklin’s “Piece of My Heart” — it took until now to receive an official release. The Purple One’s masterpiece just got the reissue treatment, with unreleased cuts from his massive vault, including newly unearthed jams like “Wonderful Ass.” (That’s not the most NSFW track on the album, FYI.) For more, read EW’s breakdown of all the reissue’s fresh tracks. Stream all of EW’s picks by following our playlist (embeded below) for this week. Fall Out Boy, “Champion”
The Chicago band departed from their usual sound for April’s EDM blast “Young and Menace,” but they’re back to their emo-tinged brand of arena rock on “Champion,” the official first single from their upcoming album M A N I A. Got Spotify? —K.O. “He’s the reason all of this magic is happening,” Khaled told EW in a recent interview. True to his word, Staples continues to push sonic boundaries on his second studio album, savvily blending forward-thinking electronica and classic G-funk. And it includes “Chase Me,” the excellent original song by Danger Mouse, Big Boi, and Run the Jewels. —M.V. But, according to Khaled, the LP’s most vital contributor was his 8-month-old son, Asahd. But we promise there are shimmers of hope, too, like on the funky title track. The sweeping, soul burner is a nod to the late David Bowie, who referred coined the titular term when describing his mid-’70s releases. VÉRITÉ, Somewhere in Between
If you’ve been following the Brooklyn-based pop singer’s steady stream of new music this year — she put out four new songs in the first few months of 2017 alone — you know she has no problem choosing between quantity and quality. TRONICBOX, “Closer”
YouTube user TRONICBOX has long been giving today’s pop hits impressive ‘80s makeovers — complete with truly hilarious Photoshopped artwork—but his videos goes well beyond remixes; they’re total from-the-ground-up reinventions. With a chorus made of the hardened but optimistic lyric, “If I can live through this/I can do anything,” the track is the kind of shout-along anthem that’s made Fall Out Boy a stadium staple for years. I make sure I go in there more than one time with him, to see if what I’m seeing is a true feeling for him.” —Eric Renner Brown
Prince, Purple Rain Deluxe
Still searching for the Song of the Summer? Algiers, The Underside of Power
On their second full-length, the post-punk outfit matches bleak instrumentals with even bleaker lyrics about troubling topics such as the rise of cryptofascism. —E.R.B. Haim, “Little of Your Love”
As the sister’s highly anticipated second album, Something to Tell You, approaches, tide yourself over with the official version of the second song they rocked on Saturday Night Live with last month. Accordingly, she’s packed her debut LP with bigs hooks, icy synth pop, and crunchy alt-pop jams like the highlight “Nothing” that will surely get you dancing. Scarborough, Mystified EP
Nope, that’s not a typo: Mystified is the debut EP — of synth-pop, no less — from MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough. [But] we’ve found through this process that you can be just as emotional and just as grand using maybe four instruments as opposed to us using 50.” —Madison Vain
Jeff Tweedy, Together at Last
The Wilco leader’s latest features solo acoustic versions of cuts from his side projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog, along with more well-known tunes like the Yankee Hotel Foxtrot gem “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.” —E.R.B. Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. Cara
Summer is here, and Curt Cameruci — who, as of last year, is continuing Flosstradamus as a solo artist — knows it. —N.F. Mondo Cozmo, “Plastic Soul”
For his latest, former East Coast Champions frontman Joel Ostrander is slowing things down. —E.R.B.
She worried a lot so I used to text him and tell him to come over.”
Show Full Article “I was always asking mum if he was coming over,” he wrote. Sending all my love to the whole family. Styles, who served as best man at his mother’s wedding to Twist in 2013, talked about his fondness for Twist in his biography Harry Styles: Every Piece of Me. “For those who had the pleasure of knowing Robin will know that he was the nicest, kindest, most generous, hilariously funny guy you’ll have met. For those who had the pleasure of knowing Robin will know that he was the nicest , kindest, most generous , hilariously funny guy you'll have met. X.”
Harry my heart really goes out to you such an extremely sad day for us all who knew Robin. “But she wanted to make sure [my sister] Gemma and I were okay with him being [there]. Please give your mum and the rest of the family a massive hug from my family. “Devastated to hear the news about Robin,” tweeted Tomlinson on Thursday. “He was the such a lovely kind and funny guy. He always had a smile on his face even when he was battling the terrible illness. What a kind, gentle and beautiful soul, a true rarity to find in today's world. Love ya H. Members Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne are showing sweet support on social media for Harry Styles, whose stepfather, Robin Twist, died of cancer at age 57 this week. Love ya H. One Direction is on hiatus, but the guys are still there for each other in times of need. Sometimes they really do take the best of us far too soon. “What a kind, gentle and beautiful soul, a true rarity to find in today’s world. He always had a smile on his face even when he was battling the terrible illness. He was the such a lovely kind and funny guy. Sending all my love to the whole family.”
He added in a second tweet, “You’ll be missed mate :(.”
Devastated to hear the news about Robin. — Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) June 22, 2017
You'll be missed mate 🙁
— Louis Tomlinson (@Louis_Tomlinson) June 22, 2017
Payne and Horan posted the same picture of Twist with Styles’ mother, Anne Cox. “Harry my heart really goes out to you such an extremely sad day for us all who knew Robin,” wrote Payne. Please give your mum and the rest of the family a massive hug from my family.”
Twist married the singer’s mother, Anne Cox, in 2013. X
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very sad to hear about the loss of Robin. Sometimes they really do take the best of us far too soon. A post shared by Niall Horan (@niallhoran) on Jun 22, 2017 at 9:52am PDT
“Very sad to hear about the loss of Robin,” wrote Horan.
I think that set the course for everything that was to come. Show Full Article Yes, he still has his faults and he’s still occasionally a monster, but thanks to the arrival of The Hollow, he has a chance to do something he never would’ve considered all those years ago: Put someone else before himself. In the show’s backdoor pilot, which aired during The Vampire Diaries‘ fourth season, it was revealed that Hayley was pregnant with Klaus’ child, and in that moment, something shifted for the man we’d only known as one of the greatest monsters the world has ever seen. For the original family — and quite literally for The Originals spin-off — it all started with Hope Mikaelson. There’s nothing about us that’s good. Cut to season 4, where Hope is now 7 years old and as such, has done the impossible: She’s changed Klaus. ET on The CW. “In episode 4, Hayley says, ‘We have to do better’ and at that moment Elijah’s looking at Hayley and you can just see the look in his eyes — he knows that we’re Mikaelsons, we’ve been doing this for a thousand years, we’re not going to be able to do better. “Here we are in season 4 after a five-year time cut and we’ve met a now 7-year-old child who is able to bear witness to their behavior and she can decide for herself what is good and what is bad and she’s not someone who is accustomed to making these bad decisions or justifying these bad decisions.”
All season long, the Mikaelsons have struggled with the idea of how to live a life worthy of Hope, and now it has become a question of what they’re willing to do to save Hope. “The promise of always and forever, as beautiful as it sounds on the surface, is often, for our characters on this show, a justification to do what they think they need to do, consequences be damned, collateral damage be damned,” executive producer Michael Narducci says, who wrote the finale, tells EW. What would Klaus Mikaelson look like as a father, and would that somehow lead to his redemption? And for a family that’s lived by the vow of “always and forever” for 1,000 years, that’s about the hardest thing that you could ask of them. So the arrival of this child who is by definition family but who has a different perspective on always and forever, all the sudden everything starts to come into conflict.”
But regardless of what the Mikaelsons decide to do about The Hollow, Narducci says the finale will provide “a definite end to this story and this chapter of the Mikaelson saga.”
The Originals airs Fridays at 8 p.m. Is redemption even possible for him? As fans have seen in the promos for tonight’s finale, Vincent has an idea to save Hope from The Hollow, but it involves putting The Hollow into the Mikaelsons, after which they’ll never be able to see one another again.
Once more unto the breach, dear friends: The poster for Pitch Perfect 3 has arrived, teasing the last hurrah for the Barden Bellas. Banks didn’t helm this new film, instead ceding directorial control to Trish Sie (Step Up: All In). (A teaser for the film previously dropped last weekend.)
Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Ester Dean, Chrissie Fit, Hana Mae Lee, and Hailee Steinfeld will all return to star in the latest Pitch Perfect sequel, as will Elizabeth Banks, who produced the first film and directed the sequel, and John Michael Higgins as a cappella competition commentators. (Original Pitch Perfect stars Skylar Astin and Ben Platt are not expected to appear.)
Pitch Perfect 3 is out Dec. “Last call, Pitches” reads the new poster, which comes one day before the official Pitch Perfect 3 trailer arrives online. Show Full Article 22; look for the new trailer to arrive on Saturday.
18 — Denver — Gothic
Nov. But As You Were is his first LP under his own name. The string of nine solo dates kicks off Nov. Gallagher will also appear at the Foo Fighters-organized Cal Jam 17 in San Bernardino, California, on Oct. Oasis singer Liam Gallagher released his debut solo single “Wall of Glass” earlier this month, and on Friday he detailed plans for his first full-length, As You Were. Check out Gallagher’s North American itinerary below. Owen Humphreys/AP Photo
Earlier this month, Gallagher once again began to feud with his brother and Oasis bandmate Noel, slamming him for his absence from the One Love Manchester benefit show. The album drops Oct. 6. 29 — Washington, DC — Lincoln Theatre
Nov. 20 — Minneapolis — First Avenue
Nov. 7, the day after As You Were‘s release. 13 — San Francisco — Warfield
Nov. 13 in San Francisco and concludes Nov. Gallagher released two albums, in 2011 and 2013, as the leader of Beady Eye. 25 — Boston — House of Blues
Nov. 27 — New York City — Terminal 5
Nov. 30 — Philadelphia — Union Transfer
Show Full Article The brothers subsequently determined to donate royalties from their 1995 Oasis track “Don’t Look Back in Anger” to a Manchester relief fund to benefit those affected by the May 22 terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 dead. 21 — Chicago — The Riviera
Nov. 23 — Toronto — Rebel
Nov. In addition to his album announcement, Gallagher shared plans of his first North American tour as a solo artist. Nov. 30 in Philadelphia, hitting theaters in cities including Denver, Chicago, Boston, and New York in between.
“We bring in all sorts of crazy characters from the comic that we had to really restrain ourselves from bringing in too early in season 1,” he says. “I don’t know quite what that says about Pip, but he’s amazing.”
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Two other characters from the comic affiliated to The Grail, Featherstone and Hoover, will also appear this season. “So that’s been a lot of fun.”
The list of new characters joining the show includes Herr Starr, who in the comic is a German killer working for a secretive organization called The Grail. Obviously, we couldn’t wait to bring him out and give him his due.”
Starr is played by Pip Torrens, whose previous credits include The Crown and Poldark. Watch a trailer for the new season, above. “That was a character that, as soon as I read the comic the first time, I loved him so much. ET in the series’ regular time slot. “That’s all I’m comfortable about talking about for now!” laughs Catlin. Any more characters from the comic that we’ll see in season 2? And several more will pop up in season 2, according to showrunner Sam Catlin. Preacher season 2 kicks off with a two-night event, beginning with the season premiere on AMC on Sunday, June 25 at 10 p.m. Show Full Article “Julie Ann Emery (Better Call Saul) is playing Featherstone and Malcolm Barrett (Timeless) is playing agent Hoover,” says the showrunner. The first season of AMC’s Preacher introduced viewers to a lot of strange characters from Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s original comic, including the mumbling Eugene (a.k.a. “He was born to play the role,” says Catlin. “He’ll be a big part of the season and he’ll be a big part of Jesse’s life going forward,” Catlin says of Starr. ET, followed by the second episode on Monday, June 26 at 9 p.m. “Arseface”), the angels Fiore and DeBlanc, the junkie-vampire Cassidy, and, of course, the titular, superpower-possessing Jesse Custer, who is played on the show by Dominic Cooper.
But for all that lavish calibration, its beauty is a little remote, too — so beguiled by style that it forgets, or simply declines, to make us feel too much. And nearly every shot here is a visual symphony, all milky sunbeams shot through Spanish moss and white muslin flickering in candlelight. Or the girlish Southern shut-ins who find him bleeding out in the Virginia woods, his leg riddled with buckshot, and reluctantly take him in? B+
Show Full Article John McBurney, a mercenary Union soldier fresh off the boat from Dublin? While real cannons rumble somewhere in the distance, his arrival registers as its own kind of bomb — upending the genteel daily routines of Miss Farnsworth’s Seminary for Young Ladies, an isolated sanctum of femininity guarded from within and without by its vigilant headmistress (Nicole Kidman). Anyone who’s seen the gleefully overheated 1971 original starring Clint Eastwood, or ever read something somewhere about foxes and henhouses, may be sure they know where all this is headed. John is roguishly handsome and works hard to charm his accidental hostesses, but the house’s fraught tinderbox of enforced decorum and feverish female sexuality hardly needs a match to catch fire. As an artist, she’s a faultless aesthete and a consistent master of stillness; the most indelible moments in films like The Virgin Suicides and Somewhere often happened in the silence between the lines. Every one of them — from Elle Fanning’s scheming teenage coquette to Kirsten Dunst’s wary, sad-eyed tutor — burns with a longing for the outside world that almost visibly strains their corset strings. But Coppola, who took home the Best Director prize for the movie last month at Cannes (only the second woman in the festival’s 70-year history to do so), has her own narrative hand to play, and she does it with a coolness that both obscures and inverts the most obvious interpretations of her characters’ choices. Who is the beguiled and who the beguiler in Sofia Coppola’s gauzy, vaguely sinister Civil War melodrama: Is it Colin Farrell’s Cpl. And he is not averse to tugging on more than one of them.
See all of EW’s Emmys coverage here. Even in a world like that where everyone is supposedly “at the same level,” there are these things that make their lives very different. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. Yes, when I sit down at my computer I’m sort of trying to write things that change my life personally and lead me to the path of discovery. While adapted from his 2014 Sundance hit flick, the series — which centers on Logan Browning’s fiery performance as a student, activist, and DJ— felt as timely as ever when it premiered in April. Not only is it intentional, but I think it kind of brings up one of those pat answers to racism, which is, “How can you complain about racism when we have a black president or if you personally are doing well in your life?” The thing is, even though on the surface it might seem as if equality has been achieved in some way, if you dig just a little bit deeper you realize there are all kinds of inconsistencies. We’re actively misinformed since entering the school system about this country being a meritocracy and [the idea that] if you just put in the work, you’ll get something out of it — and onward to this idea of “making America great again.” When exactly was America great, and for whom? It felt like we just spoke to these times before we even knew we would be in them. Obviously, not all of them are radicals, but specifically with Sam and Reggie, I would say that yes. I want Dereca [Dear White People’s fictional version of Iyanla] to be on Iyanla’s show in some alternate reality. But Iyanla is at the top of my list because, personally, I’ve always wanted her to fix my life. The thing about Netflix, because it’s not scheduled television and it all just comes out, is that it’s incredible seeing people discover it over and over and over again. Did the current state of race relations fuel your desire to turn the movie into a TV show? For me, it [was] acknowledging that I have a role to play in society but knowing that’s not all there is to me. I think finding a balance and being able to cultivate both has been a big help. Also, I think at the end of the day, this is my dream. Patrick Wymore/Netflix
This idea of a meritocracy is interesting and reminds me of something my friend pointed about Dear White People: It’s ironic that it’s about these black radicals developing their revolutionary ideas while attending an Ivy League school, an ivory tower. Simien still has a lot more on his mind, of course, including plans for (fingers crossed) season 2. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Dear White People hit Netflix two months ago. Who is it that I just want to sit around and chat with about nothing for an hour? Season 1, among other things, is about these characters finding their voice and identity. The reason we can’t really talk about racism and the reason a black person can’t say something like “white supremacy” without somebody taking it personally is because none of us really have the same sort of basic understanding of America’s history and how we got here. Over the years there have been just so many iterations of it, so many scenes and stories and characters that were just hanging out in a vault in the back of my mind. Iyanla [Vanzant]! It’s not just so-called fake news but also in terms of American history. It’s not just an act that I have to play. I think trying to find a balance between what’s important and what’s just stupid and silly and just gives me my life. [Laughs] No, I’m so proud of it. One of the things I wanted to do with episode 5 — because a lot of us are in this space where we are trying to take up the cause, fight for what we believe in, and make change in this country, but not all of us have had that direct experience — is show what happens to all of us at that one point when these things that we say and think about racism stop being theoretical and we actually experience them and how that sort of leaves us. What experiences have you had?” I don’t know that that is an unfair criticism for her. But, I’m also a Buddhist and I also really love my cats and my boyfriend. What ideas are you hoping to explore in a second season? Yes, I consider myself an artist. It’s something that I’ve just been very clear about wanting for so long. When I talk about racism, I talk about it as a system of disadvantage; just because some people overcome that system by either luck or hard work or whatever, that doesn’t mean the system doesn’t exist. And after going on a college tour for the movie, I was just about to burst with even more stories about people navigating a world in which things aren’t a meritocracy, things aren’t fair. For me, it was really character first. I’m just obsessed with her. I’ve been working on a version of Dear White People, no lie, since 2005. So, I’m curious, how did that process play out for you in your own life? So yes, I consider myself an activist. It’s incredibly gratifying because in the [writers’] room — before we knew we were going to be in the age of Trump — we were following very closely just what was going on in America and how racism was becoming mainstream again. It’s not easy sometimes to pick up a megaphone and fight for your rights when you’ve actually been a victim in a very clear and traumatizing way. That’s really, really helped me hone in on what else it is I’ve got going on besides just the outward role that I play. This is one of the many different sides of the angles that I just enjoyed exploring in this. I’ve wanted to tell stories visually since I was a kid and I know that so deeply that even when I am working and I am sort of stuck playing the part of Justin The Guy Who’s Going Out to Talk About Race at a Certain Panel or Justin the Director Dealing With All the Crew and Coordinating a Set, it is a joy and it is part of who I am genuinely. A version of this story appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now and available here. Show Full Article From the [movie’s] inception, I thought it would be really interesting to set it at a place where the assumption is everyone is privileged, everyone is sort of hyper-smart — it’s a bunch of sharks in a shark tank, and there aren’t any guppies. I’d love to have the cast from the movie. I root for Sam, but at the same time, she’s barely 20-years-old and her form of activism is still embryonic. How do you feel about the first season now that it’s been out? JUSTIN SIMIEN: I hate it! Was that intentional? The entire first season is available on Netflix right now. Yes, we had a black president, but of all of the presidents we had, what percentage of them have been black, and in general, what did I have to do to get to this point in my career versus what my peers have had to do? I think a lot of us who are just now becoming activists can relate to that. Knowing that I have those people around and knowing I have those experiences at my fingertips as well as my art and as well as my job definitely helps a lot — not getting caught up in things. There’s other stuff to me. Even in this age of “woke TV,” Dear White People, Justin Simien’s satirical exploration of race and identity at a fictional and predominantly white Ivy League university, stands out from the pack. Who do you want to have cameos in season 2? I think we’re in an era of mass misinformation. I’ve been a meditator for a while and a chanter. I think a lot of the criticism that Sam gets from a lot of the characters in the show is just that: “You talk all this game, but really what do you know? Thanks to the Scandal and Iyanla: Fix My Life spoofs on the show, it’s clear you love pop culture. I’d love to have Tyler Perry.
Khaled says the four-month-old, who is listed as an executive producer of the album, lets him know which songs he likes by bobbling his head, and when he opens his mouth wide and smiles, that’s how Khaled knows it’s a “super smash.”
“To be honest with you, he likes so many tracks, that I ended up putting 23 on the album,” he says about Asahd, who also appears on the Grateful‘s cover art. Step aside Blue Ivy, because a featured vocalist credit at the end of “Daddy Lessons” isn’t going to cut it anymore. DJ Khaled says his baby, Asahd, helped choose the songs that would be included on his new album, Grateful. The DJ also talked about working with Justin Bieber on “I’m the One” and approaching JAY-Z and Beyoncé about collaborating on “Shining.”
“When I was trying to get him on it, I was like Hey you think you could get your wife on this, too?,” he says, “Praise the Queen, Beyoncé.”
Grateful is out now. Catch more of DJ Khaled in the full episode of Entertainment Weekly: The Show, available here and on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the free app on your Smart TV, mobile and web devices. Show Full Article
I want to share that joy with the world. I want to give the world a book about a messy trans millennial who hasn’t yet figured everything out. I deserved to live in a world where, as a feminine kid, I could simply be carefree. As their publisher notes in the release, Tobia — who identifies as genderqueer and non-binary, not male or female — “will examine modern gender nonconformity and what it’s like to grow up as someone who wasn’t quite sure if they were a girl or a boy.”
“It’s a deeply personal work, a silly, irreverent investigation into my glitter-covered life,” Tobia tells EW. I used to think because I didn’t have one singular moment of trauma in my life, that my story didn’t matter. Through claiming my own story and mining the humor in my journey, I feel that I’ve learned to transcend the “trauma narrative” that is put on trans/gender nonconforming people and just be funny. In writing this book, I am standing on the shoulders of giants, on the shoulders of so many queer and trans writers who have shimmered and shined and burned bright for the world to see. What did you learn about yourself during the writing process? This book feels vital to me because it is about honoring my inner child, about honoring what gender nonconforming kids go through, about honoring the courage it took to claim my identity in a world that didn’t always make that easy. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve been writing publicly about your life for a while — so why was this the right time to write your book? JACOB TOBIA: Over the last year, I feel like I’ve finally been learning to own my voice and my sense of humor. People want the drama. I am able to take small, intricate moments when my gender was shut down or curtailed and find the humor in them, the levity. Through the process of writing this book, I am realizing all the ways in which my story deeply matters. As trans people, we are often only valued if we have a huge, traumatic story of overcoming a specific obstacle. But a culture that only values trans people for our trauma is a culture that flattens us out, making us two-dimensional and oversimplified. This is a book about a 23-year-old finally buying their first tube of mascara.”
Sissy doesn’t yet have a release date. “Through writing Sissy, I’m speaking for myself and adding my personal voice to a chorus of non-binary and gender nonconforming people that are proclaiming their truth.”
As Tobia said in the book’s release, “Sissy is about the messy bits of my gender, the rough edges, the chunky bits of the stew. This is a book about a young boy in North Carolina who just wanted to feel good in a tutu. Putnam’s Sons, EW can announce exclusively. Below, Tobia tells EW why this was the right moment for their memoir, and what books were influential for them along the way. Writer and gender nonconforming activist Jacob Tobia will publish their first memoir with G.P. It’s pretty awesome actually. Did any other books inspire or influence you? Through writing this book, I’m learning to claim that I deserved better. I feel totally held by their legacy in writing this book; I know that I’m not alone in this journey, that so many have gone before me. I’m following in the footsteps of Leslie Feinberg and Janet Mock and James Baldwin and Jennifer Boylan and David Sedaris and Julia Serano among so many others. Tobia, who has written for and been featured in Time magazine and also works on Amazon’s Transparent, will explore their journey toward a gender identity in Sissy. This is a book about a college kid trying to strut through campus corridors and White House reception halls in five-inch heels. I spent a long time feeling like I had to write seriously in order to be taken seriously, but at long last, I’m giving myself permission to laugh, permission to play. Show Full Article I want to give the world a book about a quirky queer kid who took on the world and, despite the fact that they stumbled the entire way, somehow managed to win. This is a book about a teenager who came out as gay, only to realize that they didn’t know if that label fit so well. I’m not quite done with the manuscript for the book, but the writing process so far has been nothing short of transformational.
In my defense, I didn’t know it was Brad Simpson. “This is one of those ship-coming-in moments where Ryan has really given me this massive opportunity, and I’d like to think I am up for the challenge. You can only be as good as those moments you get,” Criss says. It’s unquestionably the biggest and most challenging role of Criss’ career so far. We’re talking about a serial killer people liked.” Criss jokes: “I casting-couched the s— outta that! “I don’t like quantifying one [role is] harder or easier or funner or more significant than other characters,” says the 30-year-old. Ryan Murphy was adamant that Darren Criss — best known for his five seasons on Murphy’s Glee as sweet, bow-tied Blaine — play the Andrew Cunanan, the twisted serial killer in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. “In the middle of the show, he jumps in the audience and rips my glasses off and makes out with me. The very patter of Glee exists in a different world than the one we’re dealing with. I’m glad I didn’t know.”
Show Full Article It was very charming and a very Cunanan thing to do, to be a little devilish. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “Once every night he jumps into somebody’s lap and makes out with them,” says Simpson. 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. Ripley-type character, Cunanan charmed his way into wealthy circles before his violent break; he’s far from a one-note monster. “Blaine, by comparison, could be put into a cartoonish box. There’s zero anxiety.”
It’s a definite about-face from the squeaky clean Blaine, but Criss says he treats all roles with equal intensity. But all the same, I treat that silly hairdo and the clothes he wore and the way that he spoke and the things he believed in with the same currency that I treat someone like Andrew, who was a real person and had real friends and family.”
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To sell his creative team on his vision, Murphy sent Smith and executive producer Brad Simpson to see Criss in the touring production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “Actors are only as good as the parts they get. A Talented Mr. Cunanan charmed people and then turned them off.
I looked up the lyrics and what it meant and it resonated, all of that longing and feeling, it felt fitting for the show, so it became part of the fabric,” Rubin tells EW of the track’s soul-searching lyrics as they relate to the series. “Stevie’s doing that same thing [as Jean] here, in that she’s revisiting [something about herself],” Rubin observes. EW is premiering the new version exclusively above. It was a big deal to her. After ideas of hiring a contemporary artist to cover “Gypsy” evolved into simply using the original Fleetwood Mac cut, Rubin explains something still didn’t feel quite right, and Chasin combed her network (“To pull that off was a pretty baller move,” Rubin notes) to facilitate a collaboration between Kurstin — whom Nicks wanted to work with — and the legendary singer. “I guess Stevie is really into animals, so she loved that. It all feels full-circle.”
Rubin finally got the chance to complete that circle when she met Nicks face-to-face after the song was done. There’s melancholy in it, but something that also feels romantic… It feels bare and haunting. I think she was most excited, actually, at the idea that [Gypsy characters] Sam [Karl Glusman] and Sidney [Sophie Cookson] have a dog named Stevie because Sidney is obsessed with Stevie Nicks,” Rubin recalls. “It speaks to the overall idea of identity for her, for Jean, and for me. Lisa Rubin wrote the pilot — about a therapist-gone-wild’s harrowing identity crisis — while listening to the reflective track, which Nicks re-recorded for the show’s opening credits. But she seemed really excited about the dog part.”
Gypsy‘s first 10-episode season premieres on Netflix in full Friday, June 30. “It suggests this idea of grounding yourself in who you used to be and the different versions of yourself. “I met her after [shooting wrapped]. “I’m very excited for the world to hear ‘Gypsy’ more like I wrote it — on piano. It’s still the same song, but there’s a darker element… Tonally, there’s both an eeriness and something bare that speaks to the ideas of identity and everything that’s going on at Jean’s core.”
With a completed script in hand and production on the series well underway in early 2016, Rubin admits Working Title Films president (and Gypsy executive producer) Liza Chasin drove the idea for Nicks’ involvement home thanks to a few well-placed connections in the music industry. By September, after hard lobbying (Rubin even wrote a personal letter to Nicks), the song was recorded. Listen to the show’s titular inspiration as reimagined by Nicks above. But, I was like, no, no, no don’t you understand? Show Full Article [Laughs]. If Gypsy’s title conjures thoughts of Stevie Nicks crooning the same-named Fleetwood Mac tune, you’re thinking like a showrunner. I am very proud of this version,” Nicks told EW in a statement about the latest iteration of the 1982 hit, which features stripped production from superstar producer Greg Kurstin, who’s crafted tunes from Adele’s “Hello” to Sia’s “Chandelier.”
Rubin’s first foray into the world of television stars Naomi Watts as Jean Holloway, an established New York City mental health professional whose sense of self — despite a picture-perfect life (her successful lawyer husband, played by Billy Crudup, and bright young child happily await her return each evening in their spacious Connecticut home) — is nearly derailed by her insatiable curiosity, which ultimately sees her skirting ethical lines as she dangerously inserts herself deeper and deeper into her patients’ lives. Alison Rosa/Netflix
In a less deliberate twist of fate, Gypsy might not exist at all if it wasn’t for its namesake composition, which Rubin says she heard for the first time over the in-store radio at a coffee shop, where she sat piecing together an outline for a potential project. I wrote the show listening to your song! “I didn’t know the song ‘Gypsy,’ so when it came on, the tone felt so right.
I didn’t want to do wrong by him because he has such a handle on that. As Smith tells it, it’s just one gift the show has given him in the last two years. That’s only going to be revealed in the comic series. Is there an order they should follow? So that was the scariest part for me. You can purchase Wynonna Earp: Legends here. With the TV series, Emily has just opened up this whole new world of ideas and Tim and Mel are part of it. Eventually, a comic book comes out and it’s a real experience of having your words and pictures that you’ve described on paper. We’re already living in the world, so the chance to write it is just another way to live in that world. Melanie and Tim, you’re both playing Beau’s characters, and Beau, you’re writing with two people who literally get to be your characters? It’s just so fresh on my brain that it’s always been really nice that while we were doing the books, I was kind of already in Doc mode, so it actually made it a little bit easier to try and portray the characters, ’cause I was already living them. SCROFANO: That’s really brave because I was really intimidated about writing the Doc character. With the issue that Melanie wrote, within probably the first five pages we had humor, heartbreak, and action, all within the first 5 pages. ROZON: I know we were both overwhelmed at different times. That and his spur of the moment ideas that just come into his head. She was never left out. It was just a really neat experience and one I don’t want to give up… And even though she’s not here, I’ve got to admit that before Tim and Mel, I had been begging Emily, the queen of all queens, to co-write one with me from Day 1. RELATED: 5 High-Grossing Page-to-Screen Adaptations
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The comic kind of incorporates certain aspects of the show, but it isn’t entirely like the show. BEAU SMITH: You’re able to do things in the comic book that you can’t on the TV series. I’m like, “Don’t talk about it in front of me.”
TIM ROZON: I just went through that. Wynonna Earp: Season is 5 issues and it answers 3 questions Emily brought up in season 1: Wynonna rode with a biker group called the Banditos; there’s the key she wears around her neck; and there are hints about what Lucado told her she did, which is supposedly a pretty bad thing. The comic book is a hybrid of what has come before, and what Emily has created on the television series. But it was the experience of writing with Beau that was the most magical, most memorable, and most valuable to me. They’re able to bring not only their ideas but Emily’s universe at the same time. If you read one, you can watch the other. How did each of you approach that? Also, get a first look at Waverly Earp’s (Wynonna’s younger sister) first appearance in the comics. That’s when I created it. SCROFANO: Oh, I don’t blame you. Tim and Melanie, did you guys talk about your writing processes or ask each other for feedback? So I do want to say that. Would the three of you write something together? So for me, it was really important to do a book that would have some sort of struggle for Wynonna and move her character forward, in a direction that she hadn’t gone before. This is a dream come true in a really weird, sick way. SMITH: Talk about your surreal moments. Wynonna Earp creator Beau Smith has been writing his comic about the titular descendant of famous lawman Wyatt Earp and her demon hunting ways since 1996, when he first created the character. They’re all great characters, but it’s Wynonna Earp. I probably underwrote him and Beau would’ve had to fill him out. As an actor, you tend to just look at the script till you get to your stuff. What Mel brought is her mastery of dialogue. That’s always been a stress point. But then when you’re writing, it just really makes you go, “What does this do for them?” It deepens your appreciation for all the characters, which, in turn, just makes you appreciate the whole of the story that you’re telling more. SMITH: There’s not a Wynonna Earp comic you can’t pick up and jump right into. For the latest collected volume of the series, titled Wynonna Earp: Legends, Smith teamed up with both Melanie Scrofano and Tim Rozon, who play Wynonna and the immortal (and infamous) Doc Holliday, respectively, and both penned two issues each. He understood because of his history with comic books how you have to meld panels with pages, and words and dialogue. So it was a fantastic opportunity to try something new. It’s like being a quarterback of a team. ROZON: Me neither. They were both bringing all these great gifts to the party. So that was cool. So it’s a real gift for me because after 20 years it’s something new. Tim and I, especially, just really love the stories, and the backstories of not just our characters, but all the characters. I was like, “What if Tim reads this and goes, ‘I would never say that’?” I was really nervous about taking on Doc. Tim had the mechanics down. Has this experience helped all of you? I’m pretty sure I spoke to Mel. So you’re safe no matter what. SMITH: I’ve been writing Wynonna Earp for 20 years. Now that Wynonna Earp: Legends is available to purchase, EW hopped on the phone with Smith, Scrofano, and Rozon to discuss what it’s like writing not just for your characters, but with the man who created them, and vice versa. That’s the strength he brought to the table. She soaked them into it. And it’s not like they’re completely separate entities. Has this process changed the way you guys look or think about these characters now? Did you feel like he was cheating on you? I had to go first and even though I knew acting well and I knew how to read comic books, but when it actually came down to doing it, it was a very overwhelming process. She not only knows the plays, but she knows everyone’s part and was able to voice those characters with effortless wonder. How would you advise fans of the show who want to read the comic? That was important for me. So each writing experience with both of them was wonderful and on different levels, it was like a kid in a candy store. SMITH: I would love to have the three of us. But with the character of the comic getting her own TV series on Syfy, now in its second season, Smith has gotten to experience something not many comic book creators have: writing a comic with the people who bring his characters to life. If a comic’s going to be someone’s first I want them to be able to enjoy and remember it. Like was there a side to your specific characters that you wanted to feature in your writing? IDW Publishing
Show Full Article She’s the best character. ROZON: Yeah. ROZON: For me, it really helped to just come right off playing a character, because we are so immersed in them. SCROFANO: I second that. I hate to say it, but she was always first choice. Mostly we just talked about Beau and the process of writing with him. And like, right now with the latest series, “Season 0,” Tim and I are having this battle between the good guys and the bad guys on the southwest desert floor in an old fort that would cost a fortune. I get jealous. MELANIE SCROFANO: [Showrunner Emily Andras] talked about that from the beginning before we even knew we were writing the books: “There’s going to be some crossover, but then there’s going to be a deviation.” It’s not like you want to just rehash everything you did on the show because then why watch the show if you can just read it in the book, or vice versa. See Waverly’s first appearance, below. And like Beau always says, “There’s no budget.” So whatever crazy idea pops into your head you just write it and you don’t have to justify it to the producers. Mel and I came up with some incredible villains in this prison break issue of Wynonna Earp: Legends. In fact, that would be a dream come true. It makes you less selfish, in theory. If you can give the reader or the viewer that much emotional range within a short distance, then the long ride is gonna be just really something special. But Beau and I were in complete agreement from the beginning that whatever we were doing, at the end of the day it needed to be a Wynonna story. SCROFANO: I don’t know about you, Tim, but for me, it was like, “I may suck real hard at this, but if I’m going to fail at something I’d rather fail with Beau’s support.” Because he’d be there to catch you. SCROFANO: Isn’t it funny? It’s a supplement of just some really wild and funny but yet action-packed and heartfelt stuff. We really just love the world, and so we’re not really writing it from an outside-in perspective. ROZON: On my end, when we talked about doing the first book, it was called Wynonna Earp Legends: Doc Holliday. SCROFANO: Every time you talk about writing with Tim, I feel like you’re cheating on me. But I can suggest reading the current comic book, which is going on because there are Easter eggs in there that relate to the show. Especially when you’ve got a TV series because you’re constantly going to have new readers. Because I know how great it is, and how fun the experience is. If it was Doc or Waverley, she just stepped right into it. So when it came to the script, he had the form. SCROFANO: It actually makes me look at all the characters more deeply.
Arnett won extra points for his “sick burns,” like when he said O’Brien’s bicep felt like “a ziplock bag that had like spaghetti sauce in it from last week [and was] left on the porch.” It was all in good fun. The late-night host may have brought the heat in the first boxing match, but he lost his steam as the game progressed. “We’re always playing the game, private,” he shouted. In claiming his victory, Arnett rested his head on O’Brien’s shoulder as he listened to the loser record a video about how great the actor is. The two have been buds for a while with Arnett guesting on Conan multiple times and O’Brien landing a voice role in LEGO Batman as The Riddler. Watch the matches in the clip above. It’s been O’Brien’s dream to “fight someone I’ve always wanted to destroy publicly, a man I despise, my archenemy who’s, well, he’s a real piece of s—t,” he said. Conan O’Brien thought he was pulling “a Canadian beatdown” on the latest installment of “Clueless Gamer” against opponent Will Arnett, but the LEGO Batman star bested him in the Nintendo Switch game of ARMS. Show Full Article In his defense, Arnett secretly started another round while distracting O’Brien.
Moore, Piller and Discovery‘s Fuller all worked on late 1990s Trek shows, collectively trying to push the format’s creative envelope in bold new ways. Previous: Star Trek: Discovery producers explain the show’s delays. So for the CBS All Access series coming Sept. “The thing we’re taking from Roddenberry is how we solve those conflicts,” Harberts said. As part of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision of the future (and one that Trek franchise executive producer Rick Berman carried on after Roddenberry’s death in 1991), writers on Trek shows were urged to avoid having Starfleet crew members in significant conflict with one another (unless a crew member is, say, possessed by an alien force), or from being shown in any seriously negative way. When you create dramatic storylines among the crew that span an entire season or more, there should be some real friction and not just have the crew sitting around cheerfully playing tri-dimensional chess whenever they’re not under direct attack. Berg — working from a creative roadmap laid out by executive producer Bryan Fuller — are delivering a Trek saga that gets rid of one the franchise’s 51-year-old limitations in an effort to evolve the series. Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Previous: Star Trek: Discovery trailer and premiere date. 24 (first on CBS, then shifting to CBS All Access streaming service). For writers on Trek shows, the restriction has been a point of behind-the-scenes contention (one TNG and Voyager writer, Michael Piller, famously dubbed it “Roddenberry’s Box”). A former Trek writer, Ron Moore (who, like Piller, was outspoken about Trek‘s limitations), conceived of his acclaimed 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot as a way of telling the types of morally murky stories that Deep Space Nine and Voyager wouldn’t allow. “People have to make mistakes — mistakes are still going to be made in the future. Previous: First look at a groovy new transporter room
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Previous: First look at Jason Isaacs as Discovery’s Captain Lorca. Previous: Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green breaks her silence on her mysterious character. As always, they’re admirable people you wish you knew in real life. Show Full Article Serialization likewise makes it very difficult to keep all conflict from external sources because Discovery isn’t telling a new destination-based adventure each week. EW has more to come, follow @jameshibberd for the latest. But in an aspirational effort to make the future more idyllic, Starfleet crew members typically weren’t supposed to demonstrate baser human flaws. On Monday, CBS announced Star Trek: Discovery will debut Sunday, Sept. “But while we’re human or alien in various ways, none of us are perfect.”
The handling of these inner-Starfleet conflicts will still draw inspiration from Roddenberry’s ideals, however. But the show will also depict a wider and more realistic bandwidth of human (and alien) drama. There’s also the fact the last Trek series (Star Trek: Enterprise) went off the air 12 years ago and the TV drama storytelling has evolved to be more realistic since then — and so has sci-fi. “We’re trying to do stories that are complicated, with characters with strong points of view and strong passions,” Harberts said. Star Trek: Discovery is shedding a creative restriction that’s long frustrated top writers on previous shows in the franchise. Mind you, Discovery isn’t nearly as dark as BSG — it’s very much Star Trek and Starfleet officers have still evolved in all respects from where we are now. 26, that restriction has been lifted and the writers are allowed to tell types of stories that were “forbidden” for decades. Drama is conflict, after all, and if all the conflict stems from non-Starfleet members on a show whose regular cast consists almost entirely of Starfleet officers, it hugely limits the types of stories that can be told. This guideline wasn’t strictly followed across all 700 previous franchise episodes, of course. We’re still going to argue in the future.”
“The rules of Starfleet remain the same,” Berg added. “So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it’s about how they find a solution and work through their problems.”
Another major change is the new series is heavily serialized, unlike all the previous iterations which consisted of close-ended episodes (with occasional story arcs that were two or three episodes long, plus Deep Space Nine‘s more ambitious Dominion Wars arc).