Kumail Nanjiani explains the real-life story behind his Sundance hit The Big Sick

Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) steps on stage to perform stand-up. “It is tricky because there’s elements about culture clashes and how to handle situations when people get sick, and it needed to be really funny in an organic, truthful way.”

Much of the humor arises when Nanjiani must navigate his vigil at Emily’s bedside alongside her wary   parents (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) and also keep his relationship secret from his traditional Pakistani Muslim parents (Zenobia Shroff and Anupam Kher). Jun eTo read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here. “That day was definitely the hardest for me,” Nanjiani, 39, says. But in the end, it’s Gordon and Nanjiani’s love story that is the heart of the film. “It’s a unique kind of love story,” says Judd Apatow, who produced and helped develop the project over five years. “We were not consciously trying to make a political statement, but we live in a time now where a brown man falling in love with a white girl is inherently a political statement,” says Nanjiani, whose intent was completely different. Director Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris) yells “Cut!” Several feet away, Emily V. But it is a comedy!”
Festival audiences cried tears of laughter at The Big Sick, which got snatched up by Amazon at the Sundance Film Festival for a reported $12 million and won the Audience Award at SXSW. Gordon — who was the actual comatose girlfriend who inspired the story, and who co-wrote the script with Nanjiani, now her husband of 10 years — wipes tears from her eyes while sitting next to Zoe Kazan, who portrays her in the film. “There were certain scenes we wrote that I cried when we wrote them, I cried when we rewrote them, I cried when I read them, I cried when we rehearsed them, and I cried when I acted them.” He laughs. “It sounds so serious on paper: A Pakistani guy whose parents want him to have an arranged marriage has his white girlfriend go into a coma. “One of my favorite comedies is Shaun of the Dead. It’s late spring 2016, and cameras are rolling in a nightclub in Brooklyn. Show Full Article Hey, that’s not so dissimilar from our movie — they’re both about a guy dealing with a crazy situation he’s not equipped for to win back the girl.”
The Big Sick   will be released on June 23. But instead of telling jokes, he melts down as he confides to a stunned audience that it’s hard to do comedy when your girlfriend is in a coma. Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

‘The Big Bang Theory’: Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch close new deals to return

This also lands on the heels of CBS ordering The Big Bang Theory spinoff Young Sheldon straight-to-series. The Big Bang Theory airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. Jon Favreau will direct and executive produce the series premiere. Melissa Rauch and Mayim Bialik have officially signed new deals to return to The Big Bang Theory in the wake of the CBS comedy being picked up for two more seasons, EW has confirmed. ET on CBS. Warner Bros. The half-hour, single-camera comedy will follow a 9-year-old Sheldon Cooper (Big Little Lies‘ Iain Armitage) living with his family — Zoe Perry will play his god-fearing mother, who was brought to life on the flagship by her real-life mother Laurie Metcalf — in East Texas and going to high school. Both actresses — who joined the series in season 3 before becoming regulars in season 4 — have become vital to the CBS comedy; the Emmy-nominated Bialik’s Amy Farrah Fowler becoming Sheldon’s (Parsons) live-in girlfriend, while Rauch’s Bernadette Rostenkowski is married to Helberg’s Wolowitz. Parsons — who is set to executive produce the spinoff alongside creators Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, as well as Todd Spiewak — will also narrate the comedy as Adult Sheldon. and CBS declined to comment. Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, and Kunal Nayyar, who previously made $1 million per episode, reportedly offered to take a $100,000 per episode pay cut in order to get costars Rauch and Bialik a new episode rate in the $425,000-$500,000 range, according to various reports. The actresses had been seeking parity. Show Full Article The news comes after the comedy has officially landed a two-season renewal, meaning The Big Bang Theory will be on the air at least through season 12 in 2019.

Star Trek: Discovery adds Battlestar Galactica, Jericho actors

Star Trek: Discovery has cast five more actors, including some familiar faces from sci-fi fan favorites Battlestar Galactica and Jericho. His film credits include Dim the Fluorescents, slated for release this fall. Mitchell’s credits include Jericho and Frequency. Damon Runyan as “Ujilli,” a leader in the Klingon Empire. Filling out an ensemble cast that’s led by former The Walking Dead actress Sonequa Martin-Green, CBS All-Access has signed…
Rekha Sharma as   “Commander Landry,” the security officer of the Starship Discovery. Clare McConnell as “Dennas,” a leader in the Klingon Empire. There is no current premiere date but fall seems likely. Kenneth Mitchell as   “Kol,” a commanding officer in the Klingon Empire. She’s best known for playing Tory Foster on   Battlestar Galactica,   and was also on   The 100. Star Trek: Discovery is a prequel to   the original   Trek series   and will debut on CBS before shifting full time to the CBS All-Access streaming service. Other previously announced actors on the show include Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, and   James Frain. Shazad Latif as   “Lieutenant Tyler,” a   Starfleet officer in the Federation. Note:   Latif was originally announced in the role of “Kol,” which is now played by Mitchell. His television credits include Suits and Supernatural. Latif was on   Penny Dreadful. Show Full Article

Ja Rule’s luxurious Bahamas Fyre Festival canceled

Due to overcapacity on the island, we need to cancel the flights to ensure the safety of our guests.”

#fyrefestival 5pm flight rescheduled til 9pm then we get this after sitting on the plane for 2 hours lmao we chilling though
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Other artists booked for the festival, including Migos, Lil Yachty, Major Lazer, Pusha T, Desiigner, and Tyga, have yet to comment on   social media regarding the festival’s cancellation. #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/I8d0UlSNbd
— Tr3vor (@trev4president) April 28, 2017

Attendees had even struggled to get to Exumas. “At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get everyone off of Great Exuma and home safely as quickly as we can. Show Full Article pic.twitter.com/lMjXQSMPqC
— blink-182 (@blink182) April 27, 2017

Negative accounts from festivalgoers had also started to appear online on Thursday. Things did not go as planned. The statements downplayed the details of the criticisms of the festival, which charged between $1,000 and $12,000 for tickets. According to a   recent   Wall Street Journal story, as of the beginning of April, Fyre had yet to compensate some artists per the terms of their contracts. One festival hopeful posted an Instagram video taken aboard a plane, where an airline official can be heard saying, “We have been advised by Fyre, the tour operator of your flight, that they can no longer accept any guests in Exuma. Reality#fyre #fyrefestival pic.twitter.com/U80NApajxl
— William N. Finley IV (@WNFIV) April 28, 2017

The dinner that @fyrefestival promised us was catered by Steven Starr is literally bread, cheese, and salad with dressing. “Due to circumstances out of our control, the physical infrastructure was not in place on time,” organizers wrote in a statement posted Friday morning. One of the event’s slated performers, blink-182, tweeted on Thursday afternoon that they were pulling out of the festival. “We’re not confident that we would have what we need to give you the quality of performances we always give our fans,” they wrote. In January, a slate of organizers including Ja Rule announced the advent of Fyre Festival, a high-end, two-weekend musical extravaganza on   the Bahamas’ Island of the Exumas that was set to begin its first installment on Friday. Expectation vs. After significant backlash and uproar on social media, Fyre Festival has been called off. … The festival is being postponed until we can further assess if and when we are able to create the high-quality experience we envisioned.”

Due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, Fyre Festival has been fully postponed (con't)
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017

After assessing the situation this morning and looking at best options for our guests, we cannot move forward as we hoped we could (con't)
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017

At this time, we are working tirelessly to get flights scheduled and get all travelers home safely
— Fyre Festival (@fyrefestival) April 28, 2017

The decision marked a sudden about-face for Fyre’s organizers who, in an Instagram post published overnight, said that “things got off to an unexpected start at day one of Fyre Festival” and outlined suggestions for festivalgoers. One Reddit thread lamented that wristband distribution and tent assignments were disorganized; other posts   reported looting and   made   Lord of the Flies references to joke   about the situation.

‘Fear the Walking Dead’: Exclusive season 3 promo shows carnage and mayhem

Watch the exclusive promo for yourself above for a sneak peek at the carnage and mayhem of season 3, and for more Fear intel you can follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. Show Full Article First we see her stabbing one dude in the head, then she’s slicing a zombie across the face, and she hits the trifecta by finally threatening to kill another dude. We also catch some glimpses of what appears to be that American militia group that captured Nick and Luciana at the end of season 2, so that can’t be good. “We survive now at all costs,” are the first words heard at the beginning of the latest promo for season number 3 of Fear the Walking Dead (premiering June 4 on AMC), and judging by the footage that comes after, the survivors are following that rule to the letter. But Madison will need to keep cementing her reputation as the female Rick Grimes with everything else going on as Travis and Strand look to be in particular trouble. And that’s just in the first 13 seconds! None more so that Madison, who appears to be killing anything that moves.

‘Last Man on Earth’: Big time jump reveals surprising relationship

We are already down to the second-to-last week of The Last Man on Earth‘s third season, and you could say that time is really flying by. ET/PT on Fox. Show Full Article Especially with Sunday’s episode of the post-apocalyptic comedy, which seems to   advance our story several months into the future. “What are you thinking about?” Gail asks. “Oh, Gail, you’re my rock.” “And you’re my roll.”
Feel the love, see the kiss, wonder what they mean by the “big day,” and think back on those knowing looks they exchanged when the   pair first met Phil (Will Forte) in season 1 and said, “So I guess that’s the end of that chapter.”
Last Man on Earth airs Sundays at 9:30 p.m. “I wonder who that could be,” is the response. “Someone very special to me,” answers Erica coyly. What’s more, she appears to be in some kind of romantic relationship with   Gail (Mary Steenburgen), as they share a cuddly moment. Check out this first-look clip, which reveals   that Erica (Cleopatra Coleman) is highly pregnant.

‘The Simpsons’ parodies ‘The Big Bang Theory’

It’s a winning combination!), we hear altered   lyrics to the Barenaked Ladies’ “The History of Everything”: “The   whole Fox network   was in a hot, dense state/Then nearly 14   billion years ago they began a TV show/Then Bart tried to sell his soul/Lisa turned to vegetables/Grandpa started fighting bulls/Springfield built a wall…”
See for yourself in the video above, and tune in Sunday at 8 p.m. ET for an additional surprise. As we   cruise through a galaxy of memories (Mr. Alcohol and night swimming! Last week marked the 30th anniversary of The Simpsons:   On April 19, 1987, an animated short featuring the Simpson family (albeit more crudely drawn)   debuted on Fox sketch comedy series   The Tracey Ullman Show. Plow! This week   brings an in-house tribute of sorts as The   Simpsons   blasts through 30 years of Springfield moments   with a   couch gag that   reimagines the opening credits of The Big Big Bang Theory. Show Full Article The Be Sharps! Lenny’s fatal encounter with a killer dolphin which was prefaced with “Mmm!

Watch the Everything, Everything trailer as told through emoji

But when she meets her next-door neighbor, Olly (Nick Robinson), she wants to experience… well, everything. retells the film’s   trailer through a string of emojis narrated by actress   Amandla Stenberg. Everything, Everything will hit theaters on May 19. Everything, Everything is directed by Stella Meghie, based on the young-adult novel of the same name. We’ll soon be getting   The   Emoji Movie with Patrick Stewart, Sofia Vergara, and more bringing these digi-icons to life. But movies continue to get the emoji treatment. If you love emojis, here’s even more viral goodness for you to handle:   Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Zootopia, and Finding Nemo are some of the films previously redone in emoji form. Show Full Article Watch the latest emoji reboot in the video above. Eighteen-year-old Maddy has been sheltered her whole life due to a rare illness that forces her to stay inside her   hermetically sealed home. Everything, Everything is the latest of the bunch as Warner Bros.

‘Dear White People’: EW Review

The plot of the season is set in motion by an event that served as the climax of Simien’s film. Me.”)
The truth and the consequence of this outrage is complex, and the first half of the season explores every angle, moving back and forth in time to fill in the blanks, with each well-crafted episode profiling a character. She loves Ingmar Berman; a Persona poster hangs on her wall, a tale of blurred identity that speaks to her. It seems the white guys that run the school’s infamous humor mag, Pastiche, devoted to mocking anyone they deem “too self-important,” thought it would be funny to throw a blackface party, basically to teach Sam a lesson. Simien keeps and hones the heightened reality style of his film. (Among the few things that unite them, there’s “Defamation,” Simien’s nasty parody of ABC’s Scandal. Dear White People gives you an abundance of characters to care about and entertains with its inspired, hilarious storytelling. Also? Released in 2014, the low budget indie and Sundance darling grossed $4.5 million, a profitable sum. It’s a weekly hate-watch event at the AP House.)
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Holding the center is Samantha White (an excellent Logan Browning), an Army jacket-clad media studies major. And please note I will be showing up on McRib day in a Shirley Chisholm T-shirt, sans internal conflict.”)
The tone blends distancing irony and poignant melodrama. We sympathize with Sam in her pursuit of truth, justice and white hot sex, but she has issues to examine and check, including some privilege. Smeared as reverse-racist on Twitter, promoted with sly trigger warnings by Netflix, Dear White People reveals itself to be something more nuanced and extremely entertaining. The third episode digs into Troy Fairbanks (Brandon P. It’s really damn funny. Sam is of mixed race and marked by complexities that get tagged as hypocrisies, perhaps unfairly. In a plot point that nods to The Social Network,   Reggie develops an app that allows people to rate each student on how “woke” they are. While the show would seem to be all about race, and it is, Dear White People is about themes that mark most college narratives, questioning, dismantling, exploring and reconstructing identity. Sam, raised in the suburbs, is shocked and catalyzed to activism. One essential episode explores her collapsed friendship with former roommate Coco Conners (Antoinette Robertson), who initially presents as a shallow material girl, but like every character on this show, hides intricacies to be unpacked. Dear White People is about all the urgent hot take issues and the cost of denying their validity. Bringing his creation to TV, Simien, who writes and directs 3   of the 10 episodes (the first two and the finale), recycles the film’s themes and character arcs, but with a new plot and meaty elaborations. Perhaps you didn’t see the movie version of Dear White People. The 10-ep binge is a droll college coming-of-age comedy from a fresh, needed point of view and a smart, satirical take on pressing matters of race, identity and cultural conversation that spares no one. Top of the list of unacceptable costumes? Jenkins handles the mix of tines with confidence and subtlety. There’s high concept satire, romantic pining, and characters that break   the fourth wall to discuss black representation in pop culture. When you ask someone who looks ethnically different ‘What are you?’ the answer is usually: ‘A person who is about to slap the s—t out of you.’” She’s polarizing, even an outsider, among her black peers. A

Show Full Article A pirate, slutty nurse, any of our first 43 presidents. Blowing up the often racist construct of homogeneousness, Simien depicts a fragmented community of singular individuals and cliques, fraught with tension over competing perspectives on blackness and strategies for social change. Exasperated by the racism, ignorance and dim, demeaning attitudes of her white classmates (“You like Beyonce!” “Storm from The X-Men!” “Wait — what are you?”), Sam has embarked on a mission to enlighten her campus with a combative radio program. Set at a fictional, mostly white Ivy League university, the series follows a group of black students who reside in the all-black dormitory of Armstrong-Parker. This interactivity and self-awareness makes Dear White People pop culture about pop culture, and specifically, pop culture that’s about —   and seeks to entertain all audiences with —   black characters. In an episode that represents an homage and cross-time response to Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, the centerpiece is a house party that organically escalates from everyone-getting-along camaraderie to explosive racially-charged conflict. “Google it,” he says.) A recurring motif has the episode’s featured character striking a pose during the credits scene or ending the story by looking to camera. (“I’m pretty sure the McRib was invented by Republicans in the eighties to destroy black communities, along with crack and Jerry Springer.” “Suck it, Reagan, I’m still here! Sample advice, dripping with deliberate, cutting condescension: “Dear White People, here’s a little tip. Episode 5, directed by Moonlight Oscar winner Barry Jenkins, showcases Reggie (Marque Richardson), who’s Sam’s male ideological twin and carries a torch for her. The girls began to drift; the police shooting of an unarmed black kid makes national news. (Think white people throwing racist blackface parties aren’t really a thing? The sequence captures our national mood, but also illustrates the idea that racism exists on a spectrum, and implicitly asks if our responses to racism should be, too. His politically-aware, pop-soaked dialogue is amped-up, approaching the dense, warp speed banter of Gilmore Girls. Still, writer/director Justin Simien established himself as a true talent, and that provocative title transcended the work to become that most valuable of media things, a brand name. Giancarlo Esposito voices our   “ethnic but non-threatening” narrator who calls out storytelling choices, comments on the characters, and underscores the relevancy. Bell), hunky big man on campus skilled at politics and assimilating, yet full of self-loathing; he rebels against himself and his father, the school’s dean, with reckless hedonism. (Responds Sam: “Dear White People, here are a list of acceptable Halloween costumes. The second episode, focusing on gay nerd and aspiring journalist Lionel Higgins (DeRon Horton), is a loony coming-out story that interrogates the value and limits of finding your “label” and leaning into it. Coco, whose far tougher, rougher upbringing was full of such tragic injustice, shuts down and shuts it out; she came to college to escape all that, not engage in it. But it also captures the experience of black self-consciousness, of moving through life constantly knowing you’re constantly being watched. The writers and directors that follow Simien sustain the aesthetic and even improve upon it. It’s the rare film-to-TV adaptation that’s superior to the original and the rare Netflix show that makes every episode matter. The meticulous compositions and meta-awareness are reminiscent of the Coen brothers and Spike Lee. She’s got a white boyfriend, Gabe (John Patrick Amedori), but she keeps him on the down low. But it’s just as much about how we talk about these issues, and the price we pay for not meeting the challenge of grace.

A fan-made trailer for ‘Back to the Future 4’ imagines return of Doc & Marty

In the clip, which has nearly 1 million views under its belt already, all the expected staples can be found: fiery tire-marks, old-school digital red alarm clock numbers, the DeLorean, and of course, the flux capacitator. One YouTube user by the name of Trolley Smasher put together a hypothetical trailer — spliced from the original   BTTF   trilogy plus various marketing spots — to imagine what a fourth installment of the beloved franchise would look like. Show Full Article Lately, it seems like   Back to the Future   is the only major franchise that isn’t getting the reboot-sequel-prequel treatment, but that doesn’t mean there’s lack of interest. Watch the video above to catch a glimpse of the wild-haired Doc and his Nike-wearing protege in the film that will never be,   Back to the Future Part IV. But the faux trailer also   adds   a welcome contemporary feel, with several hand-held, found-footage-style sequences that almost fool a viewer into thinking this is actually legit, along with a soundtrack that is on par with the ‘event film’ sensibility of 2017.

Spoiler Room: Scoop on ‘Supernatural,’ ‘Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’ and more

“People should always wonder [what happened to characters on the show] and never give up hope. It’s about the fight, and it’s about surviving, and it’s about never giving up.”
The Black Fairy is Rumple’s mom, so do we have to worry about him betraying the heroes on Once Upon a Time? If you want scoop on a specific show, send your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com. — Carla
Not surprisingly, there’s a lot happening, because as showrunner Andrew Dabb hinted at the beginning of the season, Sam and Dean are going to find themselves surrounded by enemies. “The first part of the season was devoted to getting to know mom a little bit and the first part of the Lucifer story, the second part of the season strongly has been about the British Men of Letters and how they relate to Sam and Dean, and in the back third of our season, we’re really bringing all that stuff together. Lucifer will be a big part of that, Ketch and the British Men of Letters will be a big part of that, and I think it hopefully will build up to a really, really exciting finale.”
After binge-watching the first three episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale this week, I’m curious as to how much of Samira Wiley’s Moira we’ll see going forward. — Harold
Showrunner Josh Safran promises Clay’s fiancé will be back for at least one more episode before the season finale to help the story come to a head in “an adult, mature way.” “All of the writers love Maxine,” he says. Adds Edward Kitsis: “I would say that as Rumple has been challenged before, once again you will see during the rest of the episodes coming up, there will be sides and he’ll have to pick one, and it will be a very hard decision.”
Do you have any scoop on my favorite character, Cheryl Blossom, for Riverdale? Oh, and you might hear from Kevin Garvey Jr. has been up to down under, why the women drowned a local police chief, and something to do with Nora’s investigation. Be sure to email your questions to spoilerroom@ew.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams. What was going on with Kevin’s father and those women?! bosses about whether the idea of humans being able to take over avatars in the Framework works in reverse and an avatar — like Ward or Trip — could, therefore, take over a human in the real world. “She loved her brother and her brother loved her, and that’s been taken away from her, so in a weird way, even though we’re following Jughead and Betty’s investigation of the crime, what’s pulsing underneath is always that this essential part of her life is gone,” EP   Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa says. “Lucifer is going to play a lot in our final run,” Dabb says. Will we ever catch up with her in the present? “In a lot of ways, those two operatives’ bond is greater than their allegiance to Poseidon, and so something is going to have to give in that relationship and that’s what we want. “This whole year has been built around Oliver returning on a team, but what happens when Oliver’s team isn’t there for him and he still needs a team?”
Anything on Blacklist? — Margery
We know Oliver’s going to be heading back to the island — after all, that’s where Slade has been imprisoned, but he definitely won’t be alone. After doing a lot of ground work and lining up our dominos, we’re going to start knocking some stuff down. “There’s going to be a growing divide between those two operatives,” EP Paul Scheuring says. “Yeah, well, I mean in theory,” EP Jed Whedon says. I think that’s what the show is really about. — Davey
Kellerman’s final words will be ringing in Van Gogh’s ears as he begins to question why he and A&W are blindly following orders. Additional reporting by Samantha Highfill and Shirley Li. We want all these characters to have difficult choices that usually involve life or death at the end.”
Anything on the Arrow finale? However, I did ask the S.H.I.E.L.D. “One of the things that will surprise us is why he goes and the amount of people who will be there,” Stephen Amell says. That’s a wrap on this week’s Spoiler Room. — Madeline
“That’s a great question and that’s a big part of what we deal with, which is the complexity of the situation for Rumple with what he’s facing,” EP Adam Horowitz says. We know Maxine isn’t evil but is there anything else you can tease about her involvement in Quantico‘s final episodes? — Bonnie
“Almost all of what you see of Moira is in flashbacks,” Samira Wiley admits, “and I think that Offred’s memory of Moira gets her through the hardships and the f—ed-up-ness of Gilead.” But don’t let that dismay you: There will be much more of fiery Moira’s story to come, and Wiley says to keep an (under his) eye out for her, dead or alive, all the way through to the end. — Joshua
Can’t you just let the mystery be? — Mason
After Cheryl told her parents she ditched the ring, but actually kept it, look for the final two episodes to really delve into where Cheryl’s allegiances lie. What’s happening?! This week in TV: I hope this Once Upon a Time episode works out someday! “Our story didn’t [go there.] There are rules for that because thankfully we can do anything.” So, probably don’t hold your breath. — at least, hear from him as a child. Is it possible she’s alive? We’re getting so many teases about the Supernatural finale. “Wait until the end of the season,” she teases. “I feel like I’m repeating myself, but in a show about secrets, Cooper definitely has a very big secret that we’re going to be unpacking before the end of the year,” EP Jon Bokenkamp says. Show Full Article You’ll see… I promise it’s not just the voices in your head talking. “So even though she’s not investigating, I feel like there’s a deep question and devoid in her that has to be answered and filled.”
Anything you can tease of what’s coming up on Prison Break? — WhyRuntotheTardis
It could certainly work in theory, but I’m not sure there will be time for that as next week’s hour finds the team racing against the clock to escape the Framework before Aida can achieve her goals. Fine, here’s a tidbit: During Sunday’s episode, you’ll find out pretty much everything about what Kevin Garvey Sr. He’s got an ace that he’s holding.”
Any word on those theories about Project Looking Glass being used to bring back Ward and Trip on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Welcome to the Spoiler Room, a safe place for spoiler addicts to come on a weekly basis to learn what’s coming next on their favorite shows and, hopefully, get a few of their own questions answered. “That will change the trajectory of the show in a way. “If there was a third season of Quantico, she could fold into [the story] very easily.” After all, Maxine loved working undercover with Clay during their engagement party — even if they don’t work out, someone should recruit her to the Farm. Anything on The Leftovers? — Aly
Red’s not the only one who’s got secrets that are about to come spilling out now that the Feds have been tipped off about the bodies.

Diana unleashes her power in new ‘Wonder Woman’ TV spots

However,   the preview may also feature the first glimpse. Diana Prince.”

Wonder Woman also stars   Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, and Danny Huston. It’s brief, but the 0:11 mark from the clip above shows a clash   of sword and gauntlet with a hint of Ares’ helmet. “Diana, Princess of Themys…” she says before Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor interrupts, “Prince. “When war ravaged the earth, the gods created us,” Gal Gadot‘s Wonder Woman says of the Amazonian warrior women in the first preview. Watch both teasers above. Now, she could mean actual war or maybe she means War, as in the God of War, Ares. In another TV spot, we see a more lighthearted look at how Diana receives   her last name. Director Patty Jenkins had a “special Wonder Woman surprise” for DC fans on Thursday night: two new TV spots for the hero’s standalone movie. Show Full Article Diana Prince has gone through numerous origin stories throughout comic book history, but the film teases a more mythological conception. When Steve, a World War II pilot, crash lands on the island of Themyscira with talk of a war to end all wars, Diana leaves her sheltered home to “fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.”
The film will hit theaters on June 2. The deity   is confirmed to make an appearance in the film, but little else is known about his involvement.

Remembering Irvin Kershner, the true-life Obi-Wan Kenobi of ‘Star Wars’

Irvin Kershner was the real life Obi-Wan Kenobi. He even had a spiritual, mystic side. From the third shot on, it was true! Kershner had been a B-24 flight engineer during World War II, coordinating bombing runs over Germany. A veteran of a long ago war. “I asked that it could look like it ate, that it could climb,” Kershner said. Irvin Kershner didn’t live to see the new generation of Star Wars films, so he missed out on watching   each of them be measured against his own —   The Empire Strikes Back. That worked – the human factor!”
In addition to that love for R2 actor Kenny Baker, who died this past August, Kershner also felt Hamill was the lynchpin to making another Yoda function, especially since Hamill often couldn’t hear puppeteer Frank Oz reciting his lines below the Dagobah swamp set. Not very profound, although young people consider it profound.”
The filmmaker paused, considering his words: “I wish they would read more.”
I was covering the event as a reporter for the Associated Press, and when I got a chance to talk to the filmmaker one-on-one, he was eager to share stories about all the other things on Empire that didn’t work for him. The announcement: the first-ever DVD release of the Star Wars trilogy. THERE IS NO TRY
“Every day there were terrible problems that had to be solved,” Kershner boomed as we sat in the back row of the theater after the event. “Before I went off to do the film, I had a talk with George. With his bald head, white goatee, St. Its status as the “best” of the series bemused and bewildered the filmmaker, who died in 2010 at the age of 87. A wise old man. And he said, ‘I want you to know something. Before that, figuring out what Yoda should look like tested the ingenuity of the crew. Kershner estimated there were eight versions of the droid, each built for a different behavior. A faithful teacher. 8, 2004. “How can you be so serious on a film where you are dodging explosions and running away with Sir Alec Guinness on this side and an eight-foot monkey on that side – and the eight-foot monkey is the one flying the spaceship?” he told the crowd. At one point they considered making him “9-feet tall with a huge mosaic beard,” Kershner said, describing that version as “Michelangelo’s Moses.”
“Imposing,” was the initial idea for the Jedi Master “After all, he’s 800-years-old and he knows everything and he has great powers,” Kershner said before scrunching his face and waiving the memory back to the Bad Ideas bin. Anthony Breznican
Mark Hamill was there, holding court and cracking wise about the absurdity of the series that changed pop culture forever. “It would get stuck and go in little circles instead of going straight. “We thought, ‘Maybe if we trained a monkey, put him in an outfit, and then animated the lips …’” Kershner wiggled his fingers in front of his mouth. This Saturday, April 29, marks what would have been Kershner’s 94th   birthday. He was a student of Buddhism, and the teachings of Yoda no longer sat easily with him. They went for an even wilder idea. “Yoda’s philosophy was quite simplistic,” Kershner told the crowd that day, describing the little, green Jedi’s teachings as “very charming. 1 was R2-D2, a lovable droid who in those days of early robotics was a non-stop headache. “You go crazy, and you try anything!”
But Kershner made everything work. It was easy to see why Lucas trusted him to make the 1980 sequel to Star Wars. DO, OR DO NOT. Louis Arch eyebrows and tweed jacket, the then-81-year-old looked like central casting for a college professor – which he actually was. The only thing that worked was when we would put a little dwarf inside one and he’d shake him to show that R2-D2 was nervous. Kershner, whose previous films included the 1978 thriller The Eyes of Laura Mars, and the 1976 Western sequel The Return of a Man Called Horse, had become a mentor to George Lucas while teaching at the University of Southern California back in the 1960s.Everett Collection
The man they called “Kersh” had a big laugh and an even bigger voice – disconcertingly so. A puppet, let alone a Muppet, didn’t even cross their minds. That was the result of severe hearing loss that started when he was a young man. With the Force awakening anew each year now, it seemed like a good a time to venture into the archive and revisit a conversation I had   with him   a long time ago, in the far, far away time of 2004. Consider it a Jedi mind trick. “They never did what you needed them to do. His expression said: I can’t believe it either. We had to improvise constantly.”
Offender No. But that would be even harder to render as a practical effect. Where he saw flaws and headaches, audience still see the greatest Star Wars movie of all time. He was happy fans liked it but remembered the making of the 1980 sequel as an epic comedy of errors and chaos. So we ended up pulling them with nylon cords instead of using the electronics,” Kershner said. They’re going to prepare all these special devices for you but nothing is going to work.’ I thought he was kidding. Show Full Article The roar of the engines and blast of the bombardier machinery – not to mention enemy anti-aircraft flak – forever lowered the volume of the world and gave him a perpetual megaphone voice. In my old story for the AP, I describe the pitch of his voice rising in frustration. “It seemed like a cliché.”
Lucas decided to go the opposite way: tiny. He still couldn’t believe what they’d pulled off…
The invitation came via action figure – a Han Solo toy with a sticker on the back of the packaging beckoning reporters to L.A.’s Silent Movie Theater on Sept. There were marketing directors and film restoration experts on the panel, but the figure who loomed largest, whether he realized it or not, was Kershner. “He was acting to a mute puppet —   pretty hard to do!” Kershner said.

‘Ellen’ producer looks back at the historic coming-out episode 20 years later

(And not just because Ellen blurted out those last three words accidentally into the microphone at the airport gate for everyone to hear.) With that declaration   — which was preceded by DeGeneres’ coming-out interview on Oprah, a “Yep, I’m Gay” Time magazine cover, and months and months of speculation — DeGeneres took herself and the show into brave, new territory: Ellen Morgan would be the first gay or lesbian lead character on a U.S. I’m 35 years old, I’m so afraid to tell people, I mean, I just… Susan, I’m gay.”
What that admission lacked in brevity, it more than made up for impact. Don’t people know that you’re gay?” But there was no social media then, there was no internet like we have it now, so I guess the inner circle knew, but people in Des Moines didn’t have any idea. But immediately: “Oh god, it’s the same old thing. ABC and Disney had been looking for ways to give the show more direction, including the suggestion that Ellen should get a puppy. This episode aired 20 years ago, near the end of the show’s fourth season. Why I can’t say the word? When was the first time that you heard Ellen talk about Ellen Morgan coming out? It was a huge deal. You had some fun with it on the show; Ellen had joked about a character named Les Bian joining the show, and that she was Lebanese. Jerry Falwell called her “Ellen Degenerate.” But ultimately the voices of support were louder than the ones of fear and hate. I want to come out. For a long time, I had a cynical attitude about it. We were so relieved when she called a meeting, and she invited us all her to house and she made the announcement. And the little jokes or hints in the early episodes [that season] would get such huge responses that it just had a snowball effect. It was the smartest thing I ever did because they thought, “He must be good if he’s leaving,” so they brought me back in the fourth season, and they said, “Do you want to run it with Dava Savel?” I had never met her before, but she was delightful. How would you characterize the process of getting ABC and Disney to sign off on this? DeGeneres had been dodging and weaving around questions about her own sexuality for awhile. Was it always going to be a situation where if the character came out, she would come out as well? And I was happy to leave at the end of the second season. And then in the second season, they brought in new actors but it still seemed like the show had no direction because the best episodes were the ones where she was dating someone — an awkward date, or a bad date — and she was starting to feel like they were untrue to herself. And it was really fun. The episode would win an Emmy and a Peabody, and though the   show was canceled after the following season, it was clear that a way had been paved: Will & Grace   debuted a few months following the cancellation. But her private and professional lives began to converge as word leaked that she was negotiating with the network to have Ellen Morgan come out. We had a meeting with Disney first and I remember Disney saying, “We’ll do this if the script is good. Finally, in March 1997, ABC announced that the episode would indeed happen, in an hourlong installment titled “The Puppy Episode.” (DeGeneres recalled this week that it was named   as such because   an executive’s response to the proposed storyline was that she get a puppy instead.)
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There was the requisite backlash to the news. I mean, why can’t I just say… I mean, what is wrong? A few advertisers pulled commercials. Because we went from a show that nobody was talking about except to mock — ”Oh my god, when are they going to cancel that thing?” — and suddenly we were in the news all the time. Why, why do I have to be so ashamed? I’m going to do it personally, and I’m going to do it on the show at the end of the season, and we’re going to write to that and build toward that.” So we were all thrilled. It just gave us direction for the whole season. Or vice versa? There had been speculation about the sexuality of Ellen DeGeneres and Ellen Morgan. She went on The Larry Sanders Show and had sex with Larry (Garry Shandling). A Southern affiliate refused to air the episode. And we loved it… I think we had to pull ourselves back sometimes because it was so tempting to put those things in every scene, and we thought, “Oh, people will get tired of that.”
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Show Full Article Just last year, DeGeneres — who went on to host both   the Oscars and her own very successful daytime talk show — was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom, for the journey she began two decades ago by taking a huge risk and revealing her real self to the world. And after she came clean to her friends, they lovingly embraced her (some more clumsily than others) for who she was. She said, “Here’s what I want to do. network TV show. I came on to [the show] six episodes into the first season when it was still called These Friends of Mine, and it was purely an ensemble show and it was, frankly, was just a knock-off of Seinfeld that everyone was doing. She doesn’t want to date, but that’s the only thing that’s interesting. It was a show about nothing, but it just wasn’t very impressive and it wasn’t a showcase of her talents at all. I guess I was just not attuned to exactly how things were. In short, by making it through okay, she’d made it okay. Because I thought, “Is that such a big deal? While DeGeneres is paying tribute to that moment in time   today with a special episode of her talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, EW asked former executive producer Mark Driscoll (now a co-executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy), who co-wrote “The Puppy Episode,” to reflect on that landmark installment. It was a dual announcement to us, anyway. I mean, why can’t I just… say the truth, I mean, be who I am. So they brought in a few writers in the middle of the season — they knew something was wrong, so I stayed there for the rest of that. How much of those discussions of Ellen Morgan coming out were tied to Ellen’s considerations about revealing more about her personal life? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Let’s go in the way-back machine. And so the innocuous show that featured a likable lead but had   struggled to find a creative direction over its first few seasons and had swapped in different cast members, suddenly shot   into the   spotlight: Forty-two million Americans tuned in to see that punchline-happy, raucous, cathartic hour of TV (complete with a viewer discretion advisory): Ellen tried her darndest to deny feelings for a friend of a friend, Susan (Dern), after their charged meet-cute, but ultimately came to terms with those feelings — and her sexuality — though it turned out, bittersweetly, that Susan was already in a relationship. Oprah Winfrey, Laura Dern, Demi Moore, Billy Bob Thornton, and Melissa Etheridge were among the famous faces signing up to appear in   the episode. I did it for my own truth.” And truly, thanks to “The Puppy Episode,” TV would never be the same. The script didn’t come in as well as we’d hoped.” So I thought we were all going to get thrown under the bus. MARK DRISCOLL: It was the very beginning of that season. “I never wanted to be the spokesperson for the gay community — ever,” said the comedian, who married Portia de Rossi eight years ago. She didn’t want to do those anymore, so we were kind of out of ideas. You can go deeper.” And by that point, we thought, “Oh, they’re really behind it.” So that was exciting. What was that period like leading up to the episode? GLAAD announced a “Come Out With Ellen” Day. It was the revelation that begat a revolution, or at least an evolution: Twenty years ago on Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres — as Ellen Morgan, the cheery, neurotic bookstore owner turned manager at the center of ABC comedy Ellen — reached deep into her soul and pulled out a few historic words that rolled right off her tongue: “This is so hard, but I think, I, I, I’ve realized… that I am… I can’t even say the word. But then we started writing a couple of drafts of the episode, and Disney gathered us and said, “We love it. We’re all behind it.” And all the writers heard was, “If the script is good.” And it sounded like a great loophole no matter what the script was like for them to say, “Oh, we can’t do this. So we assembled a great team of writers and we thought, “Oh, we can change things. We put her in a bookstore but she doesn’t seem like somebody who spends a lot of time in bookstores.” So that didn’t lead to any stories.

‘Making History’ jokes that a wall will be built between Massachusetts and Connecticut

Show Full Article And Connecticut is totally paying for it. Also, they’re trying to build a wall between Massachusetts and Connecticut. On the next episode of Making History,   Chris is in a jam, which is not unlike most   episodes of Making History. Making History airs Sundays at 8:30 p.m. Well, eventually, at a later date, and in some form. But on Sunday, Fox’s time-travel comedy will find our put-upon history professor — played by Yassir Lester —   in danger of losing his tenure-tracked gig. Chris, however, has   another idea. “In our line of work, we sign a lot of things,” explains Adams. There are a few problems. They don’t exactly remember signing it. In this first-look clip from the episode, “Night Cream,” Dan (Pally) instructs Chris to send a pair of Founding Fathers — John Hancock (John Gemberling) and Sam Adams (Neil Casey) —   back to the 1700s in the duffel bag so he and Deborah (Leighton Meester) can get to work   on her dreams of re-opening Chadwick’s ice cream parlor. ET on Fox. Or the lack of use of one. Perhaps this problem can be solved with the   use of a   magical duffel bag. He asks the duo if they’d be willing to visit his present-day classroom to give his students   a historical jolt and maybe drop some knowledge about signing the Declaration of Independence.

First Look: ‘This Is Us’ star Sterling K. Brown on ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’

Along the way, they’ll discuss Sterling’s Emmy victory, the loss of his father, and his commitment to family. According to the episode description, they do everything from rappelling a massive frozen waterfall to tracking a deer (before settling for a “less-than-appetizing dinner option,” which should surprise no one who watches the show). Brown do in icy conditions? EW has an exclusive first look at the adventure below. Show Full Article We will find out when Brown — who, in the past few months, has also joined both Black Panther and The Predator — accompanies   Bear Grylls for a special standalone episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, in which the two of them head to   Colorado. ET on NBC. We know the Pearson family likes to hike on This Is Us, but how will star Sterling K. Ben Simms/NBC
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Brown’s episode will air Monday, May 22 at 10 p.m.

New Music Friday: 22 releases to hear now

Shabazz Palaces, “Shine a Light”

The experimental hip-hop duo announced their forthcoming album Quazarz: Born on a Gangster Star with a crackling blast of vintage soul, which samples Dee Dee Sharp’s 1965 classic “I Really Love You.” But Palaceer’s lryics are the main attraction: “Sliding cornered by more law enforcements / Feeling like I’m riding with The Four Horsemen,” the Digable Planets alum effortlessly rhymes. —E.R.B. His self-titled debut is a far-out collection of tunes that displays his musical versatility. “Tell me do you feel it, too?” Of course, the answer is yes. —N.F. Every Friday, artists drop anticipated albums, surprise singles, and hyped collaborations. —Nolan Feeney
DJ Khaled ft. “I’m pretty clear about what I want, but after that, it’s completely up to them how they interpret it, as long as I get the stuff within my bigger narrative. Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child

Recent conversations about the Red-Headed Stranger   have focused on his health, and that’s not lost on the indefatigable icon, who turns 84 this weekend. —Ariana Bacle
Rostam, “Gwan”

After releasing solo tracks   “Wood” and “Gravity Don’t Pull Me” in 2016, the former Vampire Weekend multi-instrumentalist is back with the pretty, contemplative “Gwan.” Here, his gentle, smiling voice strikes the perfect balance with the accompanying strings, highlighted by an evocative, cello-centric bridge that leads into the song’s blissful final moments. —Madison Vain
Phoenix, “J-Boy”

Phoenix frontman Thomas Mars previously told the New York Times he tried to find a “sci-fi voice that’s kind of a character” on “J-Boy,” the first single off the French band’s upcoming Ti Amo. —N.F. Cashmere Cat,   9

The Norwegian producer gained acclaim with   two stellar EPs — 2012’s Mirror Maru and 2014’s Wedding Bells — and his work on Kanye West’s 2016 song “Wolves,” but his   debut album exceeds all expectations. Old Crow Medicine Show, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde

The Americana stalwarts paid tribute to the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s seminal album in May 2016 by covering it in its entirety   — and now, everyone who wasn’t at Nashville’s   CMA Theater   that evening can take part. With his humor, honesty, and wiry tenor fully intact, God’s Problem Child is   one of the year’s most endearingly human collections yet. Show Full Article —M.V. —K.O. —M.V. Read EW’s full review here. —A.B. Major Lazer, Dua Lipa, and WizKid (“One Dance”) appear together on the bouncing jam “My Love.”   —E.R.B. Yes, they do — and their acoustic take is (almost) as charming as the original. Wale,   Shine

The charming D.C. Leave it to the woman who once shot whipped cream out of her bra to provide another smorgasbord of horny culinary metaphors on this Max Martin-assisted taste from   her upcoming LP. —Kevin O’Donnell
Katy Perry ft. —E.R.B. And don’t worry, there are still plenty of punchlines on this go-round: She samples the infamous “Cash Me Outside” clip on the EP’s intro. —E.R.B. Midlake’s Eric Pulido pulled all the moving pieces together for an immaculately polished and straightforward full-length. While the   track does have a slightly spacey feel, its   shimmering synths and Mars’ casual-cool vocals define it — and together preview a playful, summer-ready album. Lady Leshurr, Mode EP

Every time this British MC drops a video, it’s an event — and for good reason. —N.F. 50 Years features the barn-burning full recording of that show. —K.O. Trombone Shorty, Parking Lot Symphony

Collaborations with Mark Ronson and Foo Fighters, performances for President Obama at the White House, an opening slot on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ latest arena tour: The stellar New Orleans musician is one of contemporary music’s most underrated forces. —N.F. “I feel some kind of sexual current,” His Purpleness falsettos over buzzy synths and jazzy pianos. Don’t miss the video for the ebullient track, which is somehow both decadent and endearing. With fresh offerings from Katy Perry, DJ Khaled, and an unearthed,   Purple Rain-era Prince cut,   here are the week’s most noteworthy releases. Mary J. Thurston Moore, Rock n Roll Consciousness

The noise-rock godhead has teamed with Adele producer Paul Epworth for his fifth solo album, but it still has   a distinctly Sonic Youth vibe, with wicked guitar riffs and Moore’s beatnik-style musings. Particle Kid,   Particle Kid

As Particle Kid, Willie Nelson’s son Micah records quirky prog-rock that also incorporates folk, jazz, funk, and Americana. Feist, Pleasure

On her first album in nearly six years, the Canadian singer-songwriter is shunning any expectations for more bright pop ditties in the vein of her breakout single “1234.” Instead, she goes for something far artier — hushed folk-pop jams laced with serrated guitar riffs and her whispered cooing — and the result is a quiet tour de force that also reinvents what a typical singer-songwriter record can be. Blige, Strength of a Woman

As she deals with a very public divorce from husband Kendu Isaacs, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul digs deep with R&B anthems featuring assists from Kanye West and producers like Kaytranada. “In a way, you could call me the architect,” Albarn told EW of wrangling all the talent. As part of New Music Friday, EW’s music team chooses some of the essential new tunes. Migos, “Bon Appétit”

The pop star may be injecting some social consciousness into her music these days, but sometimes you just need to blow off some steam between the protests. —K.O. Tove Styrke, “Say My Name”

The Riverdale-approved Swedish singer’s first new track since her phenomenal 2015 album Kiddo isn’t the flashiest, most in-your-face song she’s ever recorded, but once that twangy guitar and rubber-band beat burst open into that soaring pre-chorus, you’ll have trouble wearing “Say My Name” out. The   Weeknd, Kehlani, Selena Gomez, Tory Lanez, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, and more   all appear on 9, which defies   convention and genre alike for improbably delightful results. Skip Marley, “Calm Down”

The Katy Perry collaborator — that’s him on her hit single “Chained to the Rhythm” — and grandson of Bob Marley tries to tune out the world’s problems with this grandiose reggae-lite banger, a fitting soundtrack for both the cabana and the club. As usual, Khaled brings out the best in his guests, from Justin Bieber’s addictive hook to Chance the Rapper’s infectious verse. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, and Quavo, “I’m the One”

The megastar whisperer and social media dynamo returned Friday with another star-studded single. Read EW’s full review here. The rapper behind the viral (and hilarious) Queen’s Speech series mixes equal parts swagger and charisma into the “Juice” she’s serving on her propulsive new EP. Sylvan Esso, What Now

The North Carolina duo’s brand of electro-pop is warmer and more intimate than the kind usually dominating the charts, but it’ll move listeners to dance just as hard: Highlights such as “Radio,” an ultra-clever critique of airwave homogeny, and “Kick Jump Twist” begin simply, but they climax with dizzying arrays of synths that sound like old-school video game characters raving at Coachella. I love being surprised by the direction people take.” —E.R.B. Not that the group needs any of that pizzaz to be riveting — the penultimate track “Slack Jaw” is an astoundingly gorgeous, nearly a cappella number that should leave plenty of mouths gaping. His latest offers a clear-eyed look at his mortality. —Eric Renner Brown
Gorillaz,   Humanz

After six years away, Damon Albarn has finally revived his zany electro-rock project — and with a diverse roster of guests including Pusha T, Vince Staples, Popcaan, De La Soul, Danny Brown, Mavis Staples, and D.R.A.M., Humanz may be the group’s most impressive outing yet. His latest full-length — and Blue Note Records debut — is an energetic showcase of his wonderful blend of funk, soul, and, most of all, brassy, Big Easy jazz. Prince, “Electric Intercourse”

As the title not so subtly implies, Prince is pure sex on this previously unreleased outtake from the forthcoming Purple Rain reissue, out in June. rapper’s first release since 2015’s   The Album About Nothing is an easy-going affair featuring Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, Travis Scott, and J Balvin. —E.R.B. The Cranberries, Something Else

Do they have to, do they have to, do they have to… revisit classic ’90s alt-pop gems like “Linger” on a covers album of their biggest hits? BNQT,   Volume 1

BNQT is a supergroup that’ll make any indie-rock fan swoon: Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), and Fran Healy (Travis) each contributed two songs to Volume 1, which runs the gamut from brassy, ’70s-inspired pop-rock to turn-of-the-millennium crunchy alt riffs. —K.O.

T.J. Miller on Patrick Stewart playing poop in ‘The Emoji Movie’

Hitting theaters on July 28, Sony’s animated film   The Emoji Movie   unspools the tale of Gene (Miller), a spirited meh emoji in Textopolis who believes that he is a malfunction because he feels other emotions. To read more from EW’s Summer Movie Preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here. Don’t forget to   subscribe   for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “He plays it very dry, and again and again he proves how good he is,” answers Miller. “We’re trying to tell people, ‘Express yourself — don’t hide how you’re feeling,’” Miller tells EW. Yes, it stars T.J. He embarks on a (misguided) journey through various apps to fix his code so that he can fit in with the other one-emotion ideograms. And our third yes   is definitely this: Tony/Emmy nominee Patrick Stewart will assume what could be the role of a lifetime by playing the poop emoji. “Who expected Patrick Stewart to be a very dry, very funny poop emoji? Yes, there   really is a movie about emojis. “I love the inventive ways that they made these apps their own worlds,” notes Miller, who currently stars in HBO’s Silicon Valley and Comedy Central’s   The Gorburger Show. “That’s the lesson of the film.” He says that one of the drawing points of   the movie   — which is directed and co-written by Tony Leondis (Igor) — is that it will   whisk the audience through   a menagerie of digital worlds colorful and familiar. There are very inventive ways to talk about applications that we all know.”

His castmates include James Corden, Maya Rudolph, and Sophia Vergara, as well as an old costar of his, Anna Farris, who voices Jailbreak, a codebreaker emoji. Certainly not me.”

Show Full Article And we happened to get one of the most distinguished actors in the world to take that job.”
Any hints about what to expect from Stewart as stool? Miller as a meh emoji. “There’s a streaming music app, and when they go into it, it turns streams of rivers and depending on what river you jump onto — that’s the soundtrack. ”It’s simply a matter of: Who’s the perfect person to play that? “I just think she’s this immense talent,” says Miller, adding: “We get along fantastically, in some ways it’s a continuation of the Yogi Bear 3-D   saga.”   In addition to that historic reunion, there’s a certain highly respected British actor and Star Trek captain that will play the poop emoji. “Let’s be honest, the poop emoji is everyone’s favorite,” says Miller. And at one point, my character gets trapped in Candy Crush.

Rebecca Black’s awesome new single now has a steamy music video

“The directors and I really wanted to capture what people feel and do when we begin to fall in love,” she says. Nobody else could tell me that I had value, no one else could tell me that I needed that confidence. “We take risks and try new things in order to learn new sides of ourselves — I don’t think anyone ever leaves a relationship the same person as they were before.”
Last fall, the “Friday” singer returned to music with her first new song   in three years, “The Great Divide.” The track   reintroduced Black   with a   radio-friendly sound — it was easy to picture “The Great Divide” getting airplay between, say, the Chainsmokers’ parade of hit singles— and marked   the first taste of her   upcoming EP, due this summer. I can’t live my life being afraid of everybody else.”
See the “Foolish” video above. But that’s all in line with the message of the song, she tells EW. The clip for her addictive   electro-pop jam “Foolish,” premiering exclusively on EW today, showcases the singer as you’ve never seen her before: hitting the club and stripping down for a steamy late-night pool rendezvous. “Before even finding my sound, I needed to first find my voice,” the 19-year-old told EW last year. I just realized at one point, if I really want to do this and make music that I love, it’s going to take me being confident in myself. Rebecca Black is taking risks with her new music video. Show Full Article “It couldn’t come from anybody else.

George R.R. Martin’s first publication was this Marvel fan letter

A few thoughts on this:
♦   It’s awesome to hear Martin as an early enthusiastic fanboy of a multi-character fantasy universe, not entirely like the one he would go on to create (and far more polite than most fans writing online today). See the letter below:
Superheroes Decoded   details   how the rise of the superhero parallels America’s rise as a superpower in the 20th century by talking to   top creators at both DC and Marvel. ♦   Young Martin specifically appreciated Marvel having a hero accidentally fall down a manhole. Show Full Article The issue came out in 1963 and Martin was only 15 when he wrote the letter. ♦   If you’re wondering why Martin added that extra “R” to his middle initials, he once explained that the first “R” is from his father’s name (Raymond) and the second is   a name that came with his Catholic confirmation (Richy) but ultimately the reason he started using two middle initials was to stand out professionally since “George Martin” is a pretty common name. Martin is revealing for the first time his debut as a published author — and it was a fan letter to Marvel that in a small way foreshadowed his creation of Westeros. “The Thing was my favorite character … I wrote a letter about Fantastic Four #17 which was the first time anything of mine had appeared in print.”
From the letter: “Dear Stan and Jack, FF#17 was greater than great! One of the most compelling literary innovations in   Thrones is how Martin took traditional-seeming leading man fantasy heroes and had them meet realistically tragic fates due to a lack of foresight (spoiler alert for those not caught up on the show) — from Ned Stark getting executed, to Robb Stark being killed at a wedding, to Jon Snow being assassinated by his own men. ♦   He used the word “ergo”! Game of Thrones author George R.R. Ergo, as one of the greatest of all comics. The special airs Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1 on History. It will live forever as one of the greatest FF comics ever printed. In what other comic mag could you see things like a hero falling down a manhole, and a president of the USA leaving a conference that may determine the fate of the world to put his daughter to bed?” Martin’s full letter is reprinted below. The author details what happened in History channel’s   upcoming two-part documentary Superheroes Decoded; an experience that he says changed his life. “I started writing letters to all the comics I loved,” Martin says in the above clip.