‘The Keepers’: What you should know about Netflix’s new true crime series

The show burrows beyond that crime to reveal that her death was part of a sinister story in which several female students were allegedly raped by the high school’s chaplain. Show Full Article “There would be no story if it weren’t for these women deciding this has to finally come out.”
Making a Murderer   this is not
While watercooler hits like Netflix’s Making a Murderer focused on accused perpetrators, Keepers‘ main subjects are the victims — Cesnik and the rape survivors. Here’s what you should know before diving into this irresistible binge:
It’s not a just about a homicide
The Keepers begins with the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, 26, an English teacher at a Baltimore all-girls Catholic high school. Weeks later, White flew to Baltimore to explore. “Even for tangential people like my aunt, entire life trajectories were affected by the death of this woman they looked up to,” says White, who relied on Cesnik’s former students’ investigations. Read our binge recap of the season   here. “What we’re looking at… is a network of child sex abuse,” says director and EP Ryan White. “Hopefully viewers will…come away with a larger understanding of the issue at hand, but also of the problem that was taking place in Baltimore and, I think, is still taking place today.”
The entire first season of   The Keepers is available on Netflix now. “It focuses on how these people were harmed,” says White, adding that the series zeroes in on perpetrators and potential suspects. “It’s also about the institutional cover-ups in this web.”
The Keepers is personal
White’s aunt was a student of Cesnik’s, but he knew nothing about the festering mystery until she brought it to his attention three years ago. The Keepers, Netflix’s engrossing seven-part docuseries (debuted May 19), investigates how the unsolved 1969 murder of a Baltimore nun was connected to a dark and traumatic conspiracy in the city.

Watch U2’s poignant tribute to Chris Cornell

Watch footage of the moving performance above. Many others have also paid tribute to Cornell following his death, including his wife, Vicky, who released a statement shortly after news broke. Along with dedicating “Running to Stand Still” to Cornell, U2 also honored the singer by playing Soundgarden hit “Black Hole Sun” from the speakers before the concert started. He flew home for Mother’s Day to spend time with our family. “As everyone who knew him commented, Chris was a devoted father and husband. “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words and has created an emptiness in my heart that will never be filled,” she said. All the friends that I had were still f—ed up with drugs and were people that I didn’t really have anything in common with.”
Although U2 and Cornell never collaborated, Cornell did mash-up U2’s “One” with Metallica’s song of the same name for an experimental, acoustic cover that he performed during a 2013 show. Bono introduced the song by calling Cornell a “lion” and a “beautiful, sweet soul” before launching into the 1987 track, which follows a Dublin couple struggling with heroin. He flew out mid-day Wednesday, the day of the show, after spending time with the children. His world revolved around his family first and of course, his music, second. When we spoke before the show, we discussed plans for a vacation over Memorial Day and other things we wanted to do.”

Show Full Article He was my best friend. “I went from being a daily drug user at 13 to having bad drug experiences and quitting drugs by the time I was 14 and then not having any friends until the time I was 16. U2 paid tribute to Chris Cornell, who died by suicide last week at age 52, during the band’s Rose Bowl show on Saturday by dedicating   The Joshua Tree cut “Running to Stand Still” to the late Soundgarden frontman. Cornell himself discussed addiction previously, in   a 1994 interview with Rolling Stone. There was about two years where I was more or less agoraphobic and didn’t deal with anybody, didn’t talk to anybody, didn’t have any friends at all.

‘Stranger Things’ star Finn Wolfhard rocks out on ‘Lip Sync Battle’

The musician brought the young actor out to play guitar during his set in Atlanta. Catch the Stranger Things kids battle it out Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV. Stranger Things co-star Natalia Dyer (Nancy Wheeler) shared a video of his performance on Instagram. On this week’s episode of the Spike TV musical showdown, the stars of Stranger Things are here to prove that   battling the Demogorgon is just one of their many talents. In the preview clip below, Finn Wolfhard —   who plays Mike Wheeler on the supernatural Netflix series — displays his musical prowess as he lip syncs Weezer’s punk-pop tune “Buddy Holly” and plays electric guitar (though, like his mic, it does appear to be unplugged). Show Full Article RELATED: See Stars’ Behind-the-Scenes Photos From the Set of Stranger Things

Wolfhard is no stranger to the stage or strings, having graced the crowd at a Mac DeMarco gig over the weekend. this lil monster shredding at the @macdemarco show last night ⚡️👹⚡️
A post shared by @nattyiceofficial on May 21, 2017 at 1:53pm PDT

Wolfhard had previously declared his fandom for the   Canadian singer-songwriter by posting a video of himself playing an acoustic cover of “Salad Days” on   Twitter. Stranger things are happening on the Lip Sync Battle stage this Thursday. Wolfhard takes on not one but three of his co-stars as   Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair) performs a rendition of LL Cool J’s “I’m Bad” —   complete with hip rolls —   and   Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) and Noah Schnapp (Will Byers) also take to the stage.

‘Friends From College’: Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage can’t seem to grow up in first trailer

Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller wrote the eight-episode series with his wife, Francesca Delbanco. In Netflix’s upcoming comedy Friends From College   a group of best friends — from college, obviously — reunite after Ethan (Keegan-Michael Key) and Lisa (Cobie Smulders) move back to New York. Friends From College   debuts on Netflix July 14. That six-some   also includes several other comedy heavyweights: Fred Savage plays coke-snorting Max, Nat Faxon is the wealthy Nick, Annie Parisse is the neurotic Sam, and Jae Suh Park is aspiring actor Marianne. Adulthood is wild — for adults who don’t act like adults. Show Full Article Judging by the trailer above, these pals   haven’t completely moved on from their college days. He’s right to be annoyed: Why waste all that pizza?! The men are having the time of their lives doing drugs, using permanent markers to sketch out ideas, and throwing pizza at the wall, much to the chagrin   of Billy Eichner’s recurring character, Felix, Max’s boyfriend.

New in Paperback: Homegoing, Sweetbitter, and The Nix

Order it here. As she sifts through archives, scraps, diaries, and letters, Lepore dives into Gould’s world, ultimately unearthing many of his secrets. The Girls by Emma Cline
Lonely and awkward, 14-year-old Evie tumbles into the swirling counterculture cauldron of late-’60s California, finding communion with a crew of flower children and misfits on a remote Sonoma County ranch. Simpson: American Crime Story   — explores the kidnapping and radicalization of Patty Hearst. LaRose by Louise Erdrich
When a recovering alcoholic accidentally shoots and kills his neighbor’s 5-year-old son, he and his wife— after consulting the tribal sweat lodge— gift the grieving family with their own 5-year-old, LaRose. Order it here. students—each one brought vividly to life in sequential chapters. This article originally appeared in the May 19, 2017   issue of   Entertainment Weekly. Order it here. Patient H.M. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
Danler’s exquisite coming-of-age novel about a young woman who moves to New York and gets a job at a famed restaurant is like a luxurious glass of wine: We can describe it all we want, but you just need to taste it for yourself. Order it here. Order it here. Order it here. The Sport of Kings by C.E. by Luke Dittrich
If you liked The Immortal Life of   Henrietta Lacks, you’ll be fascinated by this history of brain surgery, which is refracted through the case of a man known only as H.M., an epileptic turned into an amnesiac by a disastrous lobotomy in 1953. American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
The author of The Run of His Life   — made into the FX series The People v. Joe Gould’s Teeth by Jill Lepore
New Yorker staff writer Lepore recounts her search for the long-lost longest book ever written: a century-old manuscript by madman and scholar Joe Gould called The Oral History of Our Time. Show Full Article Check out spring’s brightest stories, below:
The Nix by Nathan Hill
In The Nix—EW’s No. From their twined bloodlines spring slaves and warriors, sharecroppers and coal miners, jazz singers and junkies and Ph.D. 1 novel of 2016— a listless adjunct at a Midwestern college spends his days playing Elfscape and trying not to think about the mother who abandoned him. When she suddenly reemerges, the story surges, ricocheting from sleepy ’80s suburbia to the 1968 DNC riots and from WWII-era Norway to post-9/11 Iraq. Morgan
Morgan unspools a sprawling and distinctly Southern novel about a wealthy Kentucky horse-racing dynasty, set against a backdrop of prejudice and poverty. This bold crop of fresh lit includes a novel set deep in Kentucky, historical fiction that begins in 18th-century Ghana, and a bio of rich girl turned-revolutionary Patty Hearst. Order it here. Order it here. O.J. Order it here. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Gyasi’s lyrical debut novel traces the fates of two half sisters born villages apart in 18th century Ghana. Enter Helen by Brooke Hauser
This bio of Helen Gurley Brown—the author of Sex and the Single Girl, who went on to transform Cosmopolitan magazine—is every bit as brash and racy as the legendary editor herself. Order it here. Pick it up on stands today or subscribe online at ew.com/allaccess.

‘Supergirl’: Tyler Hoechlin teases epic super showdown in finale

But that’s something you’re going to have to wait and see to find out; it’s a little more complicated than it appears. It will definitely be epic. To be able to play that character without trying to find a way in which he compromises that, and actually just fully committing to that idea and allowing that to be completely true, playing any other human character, that’s hard to commit to without lying about it a little bit. Any time you find yourself squaring off against someone that’s family, it takes on a little bit more of a toll. I think at the end of the day, Greg [Berlanti], Andrew [Kreisberg], and I felt really confident in what we wanted to do and what we felt made him special and we ran with that, and it turned out pretty well. It’s funny, I haven’t done interviews in a minute, so I’m remembering how often I had to say, “Yes, but I can’t say anything.” [Laughs]
Does the finale at least leave the story open for Clark to return? The Girl of Steel (Melissa Benoist) will face her toughest showdown yet in the upcoming Supergirl season finale as cousin Clark Kent, a.k.a. Superman! We don’t hold any punches back. It’s fun to come into a character where you have this idea that their whole goal is really just to help people, to be there for them in whatever way they need them. I would say that it’s different in the fact that when I first got up there for the premiere, we were settling into a new place, and finding a new place to jump off from going into this season, so it was also Clark being introduced into that world. EW turned to Hoechlin to find out. I think it’ll be a really fun for people to see them square off against each other, and not just fighting alongside each other. You’ll get a sense of how Clark is feeling about a lot of people in Kara’s life in this episode, so the Luthors have definitely made their way into that circle, and I’m sure they won’t be exempt from that. We all try our best, but not necessarily succeed in the same way that he does. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Can you talk about why Superman has suddenly turned against Kara? Our whole team — the stunt guys — did an incredible job. With Clark on the loose, should we worry about the rest of Kara’s family? Honestly, I didn’t really know what I was hoping for, but to see that pop up so quick in the script, I was like, “Oh, well this is really cool!” It was definitely a nice surprise to see that kind of an enemy for him pop up so quickly. They’re calling it the battle of the century, and they really wanted to make sure it came across that way. I will say this: If he’s alive by the end of it, then I would love to think there’s a possibility he would come back. That’s something where I give Clark enough credit to make a judgment call in that particular situation. It’s not necessarily all the same playfulness in the beginning of being excited for a new job, and all these things that were going on with Kara in her own world. The Supergirl finale airs Monday at 8 p.m. What’s really going on? Luckily I’ve had a little bit of practice with fighting in the nights in the cold. Some of the people didn’t hate it. These guys did such a great job with this. It was a nice experience as an actor to realize that you can make choices sometimes without having to think too much about what other people are going to think about it, if they’re going to criticize it, just have faith in your vision and go for it. Whereas this time, he’s coming back into a situation where they’ve been dealing with an enemy for a while now, and it’s become a little bit heavier. Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) has somehow turned bad. I think there’s reason to worry for everybody in this finale. You made your Supergirl debut in the season premiere. RELATED: Supergirl: Will Lena learn the truth about Kara in the finale? How will this affect Clark emotionally being pitted against Kara? Supergirl vs. In the wake of the Daxamite invasion of Earth, Kara went to confront Rhea (Teri Hatcher) only to find the Daxamite queen had a trick up her sleeve that seems to involve forcing Clark to be evil. It’s dealing with the task at hand, so it’s a little bit of a different feel in that way. ET on The CW. What can you tease for the epic showdown between Superman and Supergirl? Can’t say. The more time he’s spent in those scenarios, you realize things aren’t always so black and white; there’s a lot of gray in the middle you have to evaluate sometimes. When you first took on this role, were you hoping to see something like this? TYLER HOECHLIN: Rhea is a tricky one, so there’s always a chance that she’s behind something. It’s one of those things where usually if it’s a little less comfortable to shoot it, it looks a lot better, and it’s a lot more fun to watch. I’m not sure if I can say that or not. Obviously this is the most iconic role I’ve ever played as an actor, and it would’ve been really easy to feel pressure or feel like I needed to do it a certain way to make people happy. General Zod will also appear in the finale. It’s interesting that sometimes it’s necessary to team up with old enemies in order to accomplish something that needs to be accomplished. We covered a lot of bases the first time around. How do you think Clark would feel if he learned Kara actually teamed up with Cadmus? [Laughs] I’ll give my go-to: You’ll have to wait and see. Is there anything new you got to do this time around? It was not the first time around. For myself, just as an actor, I learned not to fear any criticisms or critique of what you’re going to do. Show Full Article What have you learned from playing this character? It all felt that everyone was kind of finding something. The Luthors are very prevalent at the end of the season. I’ve learned about Clark that he’s a lot of fun, and he’s got a really big heart. Anything you can tease of how this Zod story line may differ from what we’ve seen in the past? How difficult was filming this giant fight scene? I’m not actually sure how to hint that it is, but you will know what I mean when you see it. It’s a lot of fun. Are we going to get a sense of Clark’s feelings toward them and toward Kara letting them into her life? That’s always a comforting thought when you’re getting tossed around and you’re wondering how much longer you have to go, you just know it’s going to be that much better. How do you think the finale compares to when Clark first came in? There are a few things, but I believe they are all things I’m not allowed to tell you. Is he under Rhea’s control? Did you finally get to act opposite Dean Cain at all? I’ll be honest, I haven’t seen any of the other Superman-Zod battles, but I can promise that it will be different; that much I can promise.

Catfights abound in new ‘Daytime Divas’ trailer

Vanessa Williams is bringing the drama to daytime television. Tichina Arnold (Everybody Hates Chris), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), Camille Guaty (Prison Break), and Chloe Bridges (Pretty Little Liars) costar as the rest of the panel. “It’s not personal,” warns   Anna (Kristen Johnson). Show Full Article While the ladies play nice on camera, it’s far from cordial behind-the-scenes. ET on VH1. “It’s just TV.”
Based on Satan’s Sisters, the book by former The View co-host Star Jones, Daytime Divas stars Williams as Maxine, the creator and lead host of The Lunch Hour. The new VH1 original series Daytime Divas is sure to be full of showdowns, backstabbing, and manipulation, as evidenced in the exclusive super trailer above. The series   premieres June 5 at 10 p.m.

‘My Little Pony: The Movie’ first look reveals film’s colorful underwater world

Joining Queen Novo and Princess Skystar in the 360º image are the Mane 6 — Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Applejack, Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, and Pinkie Pie – and Spike. Use your mouse to click and drag the image on a computer, or explore the sea-pony world on your mobile device by swiping around. My Little Pony is galloping to a new adventure. After a dark force threatens their home, the Mane 6 transform into sea-ponies for a journey that will take them under the sea, where they’ll meet new friends and face challenges on a special quest. The beloved animated series is hitting the big screen this October, and PEOPLE has an exclusive first look at what lies in store for fans of its colorful four-footed characters, who are literally taking the plunge. 6. Those new friends will fit right in — including Princess Skystar, voiced by Kristin Chenoweth, who quips that she dabbled in Method acting for the role. Lionsgate/Hasbro
“I’m so happy I got to create a new character,” Chenoweth tells PEOPLE. Show Full Article The film also features the voice talents of Emily Blunt, Taye Diggs, Michael Peña, Zoë Saldana, Liev Schreiber, and Sia. “Let’s just say she’s been locked up for a while and is longing for friends. This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com. Princess Skystar has beautiful hair, so I made sure my hair was on point for every recording session!”
Check out the exclusive 360º image above to meet Princess Skystar and Queen Novo, voiced by Uzo Aduba. My Little Pony: The Movie, from Lionsgate, arrives in theaters Oct.

Behind the scenes of the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’

Now, for its 50th anniversary, the band’s label is putting out a massive reissue — featuring two discs of outtakes — that offers an unprecedented look at the making of a masterpiece. Subtle studio trickery yielded big dividends, such as Martin’s decision to pan the famous keyboard riff in “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” from side to side. They don’t want me to sit around on my hands.” But he   wasn’t on his own with the   Herculean task of remixing Sgt. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. That’s because the Beatles designed the album for mono, while the mixes for stereo, still a novelty in the late ’60s, were thrown together without the band present. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the greatest albums of all time. Peppers or Sgt. Pepper’s,” Giles says. “It was a sea change for the way things were recorded. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, were they seriously going to do this?’” Martin says. Pepper’s? My father said he regretted them not being on the album. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the most famous album of all-time, and let’s not screw it up.’”
Even the world’s best band made goofs sometimes
Sure, every note of Sgt. Pepper’s was George Martin’s favorite Beatles LP
The late producer and arranger worked on just about every Beatles recording. Pepper’s — the Beatles announced their breakup just three years later — the pair were still in tandem for these sessions. “For my dad, ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields’ were the catalyst for the making of Sgt. Martin jokes that he had to bury fears of   “changing the quantum physics of the universe and everything [going] wrong for the rest of time” when remixing the beloved album. Giles Martin, the son of late Beatles producer George Martin who helped oversee the effort, and Jann Haworth, codesigner of the iconic album art, take EW behind the scenes of the Fab Four’s finest. Pepper’s. “What’s reassuring is that even on an album full of good ideas, they came up with bad ones — which is heartening for us mere mortals. “It was a mistake. None of us wander around with white gloves on and dust ourselves down and say, ‘Listen here, chaps, this is   Sgt. And, to him, nothing compared to Pepper’s. “Everything changed,” Giles recalls. “The earlier stuff they designed for mono, they didn’t think about panning,” Martin says. Paul and Ringo were heavily involved in the reissue
“I thought of new ways to approach it,” Martin says of his work with the reissue. “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane” could’ve ended up on the album
The Beatles began these sessions by recording “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane,” but those tracks didn’t make it onto the LP and were instead released as one 7-inch single. “You don’t, if it’s only going to come out of one speaker.”
The album’s 2009 remaster polished the pre-existing stereo mix, but for this one, Martin started from scratch. Martin redid   Sgt. John had lobbied to include Hitler, Ghandi, and Jesus — but those ideas were nixed. Pepper’s is perfect — but that’s because some weird ideas were cut, Martin reveals. “It was my dad’s favorite Beatles record and the one that he was most proud of,” his son says. Their willingness to try things shows how they got to where they got.”
Paul and John were a symbiotic unit in the studio
While their creative partnership would be strained after Sgt. “It was the peak of the happiest time.” Things soon turned for the worse: In the months following the album’s release, George’s father died, as did longtime Beatles manager Brian Epstein. “So the Beatles had to write a letter [explaining the idea], and then she said, ‘Fine.’”
Grammarians, take note: There is an apostrophe
It’s a question long debated by Beatlemaniacs: Is it Sgt. “You hear them giving each other guidance,” Martin says about the outtakes. A version of this story appeared in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now or available to buy here. They wanted to paint pictures with sound and create a world that they couldn’t perform live. They’re part of that world.”

Famous figures were cut from the cover art
The Beatles tapped pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth to help create the iconic image, which showed the band surrounded by cutouts of 58 historical figures. There should have been an apostrophe. “He was not infallible, our John.” As for the celebrities who were living at the time, the Beatles had to secure their permission. “Paul has to be happy, and Ringo has to be happy,” says Martin. Pepper is the man — and the band belongs to him.”

Show Full Article “It would’ve been a disaster [if Hitler were included],” Haworth says. “There’s a bit where ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ ends and Paul goes through how John should be singing the verses: ‘Don’t go cell-oh-phane flowers, go cello-phane flowers.’ The album is the sum of their parts.”

Sgt. “I sit down with Paul and we’ll go through the mixes,” Martin explains. The cover art’s bass drum famously omitted an apostrophe, but Haworth is setting the record straight. Pepper’s was a sonically groundbreaking work — but many modern listeners hear a subpar version. While outtakes of both songs are featured on the reissue, George had hoped to include them on the original release. “It’s actually fun. Pepper’s stereo mix
Sgt. One take of “A Day in the Life,” for instance, found the band humming the song’s final chord in unison. On June 1, 1967, John, Paul, George, and Ringo changed the world when they released Sgt. “Mae West said, ‘What would I be doing in a lonely hearts club band?’” recalls Haworth. “That’s what the Beatles demand of me. Sgt. “I had a huge safety net, and the safety net is them.” And the surviving Beatles helped him when possible.

Song of the Summer contenders reviewed by experts: Katy Perry ‘misses the mark,’ Bruno Mars ‘can do no wrong’

With all these heavy hitters, it was meant to be a No. I think I’d enjoy it more than the rest of the song. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars

Bebe Rexha: Bruno can do no wrong. Sometimes artists will put a million people on one song and it falls flat, but this song is a monster. 1 single with just her and the piano. She lifts almost everything she hops on. I don’t love the meaning, and I’m not crazy about the song. I don’t die for lyrics with drugs in them, but if it’s honest and real, I support it. “Hands to Myself” [by Selena Gomez]? They make such wonderful toe-tappers. You can be a guy or a girl and sing along to it; it’s a universal record. I like that it’s just strings and vocals. He was cool. We   put together a list of early Song of the Summer contenders and asked a panel of pros to size up the competition: Pop star Bebe Rexha, who just released the Lil Wayne collaboration “The Way I Are (Dance With Somebody),”   the first taste of her upcoming All Your Fault: Pt. People crave that kind of thing, like Adele having a No. I can feel the writing, not the performance, which is the ultimate shady thing you can say about it. It’s about finding the person who can put up with your bulls–t. We were riding down the street bumping the song and singing all the words. Maybe I’ll do an ultra-pretentious serious cover. It’s not trying to be gimmicky, it’s just very honest and real. It’s goofy and surreal. And the #MaskOffChallenge that happened on Twitter? 2 EP; “Location” singer Khalid, who embarks on a tour in support of his debut album, American Teen, this July; and Perfume Genius, the experimental indie-pop musician who recently released his fourth LP, No Shape, and is on tour now. It’s probably going to be the song of the summer. I don’t know! But is it amazing? It’s rad that she’s in control — usually, it’s a dude who presents women in that way. Some songs on this album are so unbelievable that this one was kind of a sleeper. I’m obsessed. “Issues” by Julia Michaels

Bebe Rexha: An incredible record. He does a good job of incorporating it into his music. Once you find a [connection] to the music, it makes it more enjoyable. When we got together for [Harris’ “Rollin,” also featuring Future] he was like, “I’m not here to tell you what to do, do what you love, do what you feel you do best.” He’s super nice. All the songs [Michaels] wrote I really like. I like country, but I don’t know how much I like popular country. I wouldn’t say that country is my go-to, but if my friends are playing the song in the car, I’m definitely not telling them to change it. I’ve tried to do it before and it never comes out cool for me. That’s audacious. I don’t dislike her — her songs are always well written. Khalid: Kendrick kills everything he does. Khalid: What I love about this song is the message is so real: “I got issues, you got them too!” We all have our personality traits that make us. They’re also friends of mine, so that helps me enjoy it. What will be the “One Dance” of 2017? Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Bebe Rexha: This is the new “Lady Marmalade,” but the guy version. Is it my favorite Bruno Mars song? It wasn’t your favorite song, but it’s the one that grows on you because it’s still an amazing song. If you had a convertible, you’d take the top down, grab an iced coffee, and blast the song with someone you really like. Lil Yachty

Bebe Rexha: I had Kyle come out at my show in L.A. It’s feel-good. It has that old Maroon 5 vibe, for the younger generations that weren’t around for Songs About Jane, which was incredible. Migos

Bebe Rexha: I’m a really big Katy fan, and I love everything she does, but “Bon Appétit” misses the mark for me. Selena has a very beautiful voice as well. One thing I love about this song is that it’s very conversational. Perfume Genius: I like that it went to a ’90s world-music place — Enigma, Deep Forest. Kendrick will never let me down as an artist. Kendrick’s always been dope, but now with this album, he’s really pushed through and is becoming a real household name. Khalid: I love this song. This song really brought me a sense of nostalgia for my high school experience. His vibe is so fresh. There is so much power and charisma and it’s not mimicking either of those things. Perfume Genius: I really did not care for this. Don’t focus on the negative vibes! “Bon Appétit” by Katy Perry feat. This song doesn’t speak to me on a lyrical or melodic level. I like the [chopped-up vocals] because that’s something I wish I could do with my voice. And I love how he really finds a way to separate himself and create his own lane. Perfume Genius: He’s so cute and sweet! Nicki Minaj

Bebe Rexha: I love Nicki Minaj, I think her verse is amazing on it, but I just don’t get this song. Maybe one day! He’s untouchable with lyrics — I love the “I’m so tired of the Photoshop” part. I don’t fight Drake. Perfume Genius: I don’t care for it, but I like the very first line [when Khaled shouts out to his record label]: “We the Best Music!” I wish it were just that over and over for four minutes. This is one of my favorites on this list. Perfume Genius: I’m a fan of this, big-time. “Kissing Strangers” by DNCE feat. And I like that he says the word “jammies.” Coziness to me is the most luxurious thing. What Calvin’s doing right now is amazing: all these groovy, melodic tracks. The guys are taking over right now. It’s cheap. Check out their unfiltered opinions below on tracks by Drake, Katy Perry, DNCE, Selena Gomez and others. I wish we were talking about that one! It’s omnipresent. This song is like he took the ingredients of all these ‘90s R&B songs, smooshed them together and moonwalked around. The song is a little too nice and sweet. It’s very real, and it could only come from him. Frank Ocean & Migos

Bebe Rexha: This song feels like cruising down the coastline. It’s not something you’d expect her to do, and she killed it. You have to dance to it when you hear it. I would appreciate a hug from him. “Let’s do food: Plates! It feels like summer, and when you think of summer, you have to smile. This song is fun, and Migos are very awesome as well. Perfume Genius: I hear it everywhere: in the car, at Target. Khalid: I’m a big fan of tropical house, and Kygo dominates that. And the cover art is sort of off-putting. If people were having sex on the beach or something nasty was happening [in the song], I’d like it more. They really move as a team. Khalid: It’s a smash. There are very few artists that excite you like that, and he’s one of those artists for me. Perfume Genius: Whoever wrote it has talent. That’s basic. It was all lifted trucks, [off-roading], fishing, all that stuff. I can’t wait to hear what he comes up with next. He has brought light to the mainstream about how that music exists and is very good. And I think Sam Hunt is really hot. Just the beach? It has that fantasy element. It’s like he thought of this [concept] and wrote a list: Speed limits! Yes! You shouldn’t try to rhyme with “Oprah.”
“It Ain’t Me” by Kygo & Selena Gomez

Bebe Rexha: The production is not crazy-innovative or different like some of the others, but I think what makes the song really special is Selena. It’s just a feeling I have. Khalid: I love the pro-positivity movement [Kyle and Lil Yachty] have going on: Look at what’s around you! My mom knows who he is! Even though it’s so funk-driven, you can hear the artist’s vibe. Justin Bieber’s hook is amazing. “iSpy” by Kyle feat. “Passionfruit” by Drake

Bebe Rexha: As much as I want to get tired of Drake, I can’t. That’s what all those bands were, that weird affected vocal that’s cut up and sounds almost like chanting. Creatively, aesthetically, musically, dance-wise — he’s so dope. 1. [Laughs] I got the chance to meet him at Stagecoach [Festival]. It came out around the same time as Noah Cyrus’ “Make Me (Cry).” They’re these really simplistic-sounding records that are very unique and very refreshing. What makes a great summer song is something that’s not so heavy and is on the happier side—major chords, simple and chill. Maps! He does a good job of taking things from the past and making them current, not just with his lyrics but with his melody choice. I also don’t like when men sing about women and try to come across as sensitive when it’s just the same sh– in a different way. I like how they just picked a theme and ran with it. Perfume Genius: I was really into the flute. I enjoy it. I love a good hook, and he is just really killing it in the hook. Khalid: Bruno is awesome. No. Khalid: Literally last night I was with a couple of my friends and the song came on the radio. Their presence in the music game right now is needed. “Humble” by Kendrick Lamar

Bebe Rexha: Wow, incredible lyrics. Also, he didn’t rhyme anything with “Oprah,” which I think is classy. To read more from the Summer Music Preview,   pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now — or buy it here. It feels a really good space in the pop world right now. It’s really cool for Joe Jonas to be a part of that, and I love Nicki, but it’s like a C version of “Cake by the Ocean.”
Khalid:   Very bright, very fun. As a person, I don’t like to go there. “Slide” by Calvin Harris feat. I love this record; it’s so easy, I can’t help singing it. It’s definitely the song of the summer. I like “Chained to the Rhythm” better because of the message and the music video. Chance the Rapper has so much fun with his lyrics. I’m like, “Girls, come on, we gotta step it up!”
Khalid: It reminds me of being in a big tube in an aquarium and there’s water around me. If you listen to it enough, the lyrics are kind of f—ing weird. RELATED: The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, and Tegan and Sara review 2016 Songs of the Summer
“Mask Off” by Future

Bebe Rexha: All the girls wanted to play flute when I was trying out for high school marching band, and now you have all these rappers using it and making it sound gangster! “I’m the One” by DJ Khaled feat. Everything he puts out is fire. We got on stage with G-Eazy and Snoop Dogg. I always say that when your parents start to know the names of artists, they’re getting really big. You can’t understand anything Future says, so you have to pick something you recognize. If you’re in school, you can’t help but tap your desk or bob your head. That’s a good combo. But I can never really be mad at Drake. I’ve participated in [the memes]. He just seems like he would smell really good. They all kind of blend together. Drake pulls that off very well. Perfume Genius: I like that it started out with a skit about gratitude! Lil Wayne always brings his best. Breakfast!” It’s almost creepy. I’ve always been a Nicki Minaj fan, and she really adds the sprinkle of fairy dust and makes it magical. But she’s doing it herself, which is tight. Khalid: I’ve never heard her do a song like this, and she did a good job of trying something new. Her vocals are beautiful. Perfume Genius:   I like the part when [Migos’ Quavo] talks about how there’s no tooth fairy and then says, “Whipped cream, no dairy!” What speaks to me about it? Is he saying “Percocet”? He’s a beast as well. That’s something I really gravitate toward. “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt

Bebe Rexha: I’m not a country girl at all, but I’ve played this song a couple of times, and I can actually sing the hook back to you — it’s pretty catchy! Perfume Genius: [Drake has] a lot of albums and songs; it’s kind of relentless. Perfume Genius: This was a little too beachy. The way he flows on it is very smooth and fluid, and Drake’s melodies are always awesome. And Quavo? But I do like the idea of kissing a bunch of people and trying to “find someone I trust.” I feel like I did that! Show Full Article Khalid: This song reminds me of when I lived in northern New York. I love his tropical Caribbean and Afrobeat vibes.

John Oliver explains why Trump’s impeachment is a ‘long shot’

f–king Escher.”
Oliver then cited other moments people had considered to be the end of the line for Trump, including his hesitancy to disavow David Duke, his bullying of Humayun Khan’s parents, and even his comments about women on the   Access Hollywood tape. “Even though some people have been getting excited this week, impeachment is a long shot for many reasons,” explained Oliver midway through the episode. Following a series of shocking recent revelations about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Russia   — some that caused even the normally stoic Anderson Cooper to have a few strong reactions   — Last Week Tonight host John Oliver dedicated Sunday’s episode to unpacking each event and its ramifications   for the American people. Show Full Article on HBO. “Not the least of which is it would require a majority of the House to vote to impeach, and that is currently controlled by Republicans, and it would then need two-thirds of the Senate to vote to convict the president, and it is also controlled by Republicans right now.”
He continued, “So the likelihood is that Trump will survive this and continue as president, which shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. He especially touched on what it would take to impeach Trump. Trump has seemed to reach the end of the line on multiple occasions only for nothing to happen, as if for him, and him alone, the end of the line is drawn by M.C. Why would this be the end of the line for him? Despite the HBO host’s grim observation, he did note a silver lining about Trump’s possible impeachment: “Ironically, I imagine at least part of it would involve thousands of Muslims celebrating in New Jersey.”
Last Week Tonight airs Sundays at 11 p.m.

Jann Wenner biography coming in October from Joe Hagan

We finally agreed the book had to be independent. Talk about a long, strange trip. What surprised you most during the entire process? JOE HAGAN:   It was originally Jann Wenner’s idea. It was thrilling to interview Paul McCartney. We met in 2011 as neighbors in upstate New York and kept up a semi-regular dialogue about the news and journalism. I discovered a lot of buried treasure in there, like a taped phone conversation between Wenner and Mick Jagger from 1972. Written by Joe Hagan, Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine   is the result of Hagan’s extensive interviews with not just Wenner himself, but a staggering number of colorful figures the legendary editor associated with, including Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Bono, Art Garfunkel, Cameron Crowe, Pete Townsend, Yoko Ono, Billy Joel, Bette Midler, Tom Wolfe, David Crosby, Michael Douglas, among others. I would report and write it, and he would provide all the access I   needed. I also drank milkshakes at a diner in New York with Bruce Springsteen and interviewed Yoko Ono at the Dakota, where I sat in the same room as John   Lennon’s white piano. His ebullient and infectious confidence. “Wenner possessed a unique vision,” Hagan said in a release. How long have you been working on the project? ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How did you convince Jann Wenner to take part in this biography? “He had an intuitive grasp of how to connect the counterculture to the so-called straight world and convert this rude world of rock and dope into fame, power, and money. Being able to sift through box after box from Jann Wenner’s enormous archive, reading rare letters, looking at Polaroids and videos, listening to audio cassettes,   stuff nobody had ever seen or heard, was a pretty magical experience. In September, it will be four years. Sticky Fingers   hits shelves Oct. And during this process, he could be breathtakingly honest. He knew there was money to be made from day one. I felt like a cross between Cameron Crowe and Philip Marlow — part wide-eyed fan, part   snooping detective. The first one I remember was his description of Bob Dylan’s handshake — totally limp. It was also the only way I was willing to do it. He   would occasionally drop wonderful anecdotes about rock stars and one day he asked me if I was interested in writing his biography. Can you tease one of your unexpected findings? Of course, I had the most fun coaxing rock and roll stories   out of him. Which interview were you most surprised or excited to secure? Sticky Fingers   will also dig   into   Rolling Stone   magazine’s more contemporary controversies, like the University of Virginia rape allegation. That began a sometimes   knotty conversation. And he wanted his story to be told in full. Credibility was important to him. And private letters   from John Lennon. As it turned out, there was millions.”
The book will cover the success and romance surrounding Wenner, as well as the controversy. According to the release, the biography will feature Wenner and John Lennon’s feuds over money, Wenner and Bob Dylan’s disagreements over coverage, and “secret deals and pacts” between Wenner   and   Mick Jagger. What has fascinated you most about him? How would it work? Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner is the subject of a new biography coming this October from Knopf, the publisher announced Monday. But he would not have approval over the material. 24, 2017 — but in advance of its release, check out EW’s exclusive interview with Hagan, below. I met him at his studio in the British countryside and he took me deep into Beatles history, much of which appears in   the book. Show Full Article

‘The Fosters’ season 5 sneak peek previews wreckage and a half-naked brunette

Freeform
Which one of Brandon’s brunettes could this be, seducing him while everything else is in chaos? — what have we here? (Okay, probably not.)
The Fosters season 5 premieres on July 11 at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. When last we saw   The Fosters, pretty much everyone was in peril. Show Full Article Cortney? The music therapist? And season 5, which kicks off this summer, will start only seconds later. Callie was in the clutches of a pimp/drug dealer and Stef was headed in the wrong direction to find her; Jesus,   still recovering from a traumatic brain injury, had just found out about Emma’s abortion and that Brandon and Mariana were also keeping the secret from him; and Lena was about to lose her job as Anchor Beach Charter School was on the cusp of going private. Russell is still eyeing Callie like she’s a gourmet meal, Lena’s car chase appears to be going awry, Jesus has arrived home safely and is taking a bat to his/Brandon’s entire room as Emma looks on, and — wait! Callie??? As evidenced by the exclusive sneak peek above, things didn’t exactly get much better in those few seconds.

Ed Sheeran says hiatus has him ‘rejuvenated’ and ready to tour

“It’s hard to put my finger on what exactly it is, but every country has its own vibe. “I came back even more driven than the last album, [which]   I pretty much went straight into from my first without any break,” he says. They needed a break from me and I think going away made them even more excited when I did finally come back with new music.”Excited is an understatement. I have friends in New York and L.A., so those shows always feel a bit closer to ‘home shows’ I imagine.”

Show Full Article “And [surprised] how a song like ‘Galway Girl,’ which is rooted in traditional Irish music, is being embraced by fans in places like Italy, Germany, and France.”
Sheeran also says he’s particularly excited to spend time dotting the U.S. “I’m literally going to be there all summer, even into fall, really,” he says. And, even within the U.S., each city has its own vibe. Trop-inspired tune “Shape of You” has ruled the Billboard Hot 100 since it dropped and Sheeran’s massive global tour has been   met with such demand that extra shows are being added all the way into 2018. “It was incredible. “And I also think it was good for my fans. Excited is an understatement. Not any better or worse, just different. I don’t see that changing anytime soon.”
He notes that more than half of the nightly setlist is new music. I have a new loop station that can handle a bit more. “I’m a little surprised,” he admits. At the end of 2015, he shut off his social accounts, got rid of his cell phone, and headed for far-off places. Trop-inspired tune “Shape of You” has ruled the Billboard Hot 100 since it dropped and Sheeran’s massive, global tour has been   met with such demand that extra shows are being added all the way into 2018. map. “Production is definitely bigger this time around,” the 26-year-old says, previewing the run which hits North America on June 29. Birmingham night #2! Pop megastar Ed Sheeran took the first hiatus of his career recently. “I’d like to think that it’s sounding better too. I felt totally refreshed and rejuvenated.”
He says the benefit was two-fold, for both him and his fans. A post shared by Ed Sheeran (@teddysphotos) on Apr 29, 2017 at 2:09pm PDT

Sheeran’s tour started earlier this year in Europe and he says he’s loving how quickly the new songs have begun to be sung back to him. But ultimately, it’s still just me, my guitar, and the looper. “I traveled to   places that I’d been to on tour but never really got a chance to see, like Japan, as well as places that I’d never been but always wanted to, like Ghana,” he tells EW.

Miley Cyrus breaks down while performing at Billboard Music Awards

Cyrus performed her new single, “Malibu,” on live television for the first time and broke down in tears as the song came to its end. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel’?”
Before performing on Sunday night, Cyrus’ sister Noah introduced Miley and said, “She’s the happiest she’s ever been.”
Watch Cyrus perform “Malibu” on the Billboard Music Awards below. Here is the full Miley's performance at Billboard Music Awards! That record, which Cyrus released for free following her stint as host of the MTV Video Music Awards, was marked by its psychedelic tendencies. “I never would’ve believed you if three years ago you told me I’d be here writing this song,” she told Billboard, echoing a lyric in “Malibu.” “[People are] going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. “Malibu” was released earlier this month, marking the first new music from Cyrus since 2015’s   Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz. #Mileybu pic.twitter.com/FyIqBsL1AD
— Miley Cyrus Source (@MileySourceNews) May 22, 2017

Show Full Article It was an emotional night for Miley Cyrus at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. But her new music is more pop-friendly and was partially inspired by Cyrus’ rekindled relationship with Liam Hemsworth.

Celine Dion celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ at the Billboard Music Awards

Watch fan-shot footage of Dion performing “My Heart Will Go On” below. With the film turning 20 later this year, Billboard started the festivities early by having Dion perform her biggest hit, the film’s love theme, which spent 16 weeks atop the Billboard 200, won at the Oscars and Golden Globes, and nabbed Dion four Grammys as well. Show Full Article The show-stopping performance during Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards drew praise online from many fans — and launched a variety of GIFs, too. Released in December 1997,   Titanic became what was then the highest-grossing movie of all time. Titanic   fans who never let go enjoyed a 20th-anniversary celebration for the ages on Sunday night at the Billboard Music Awards, as Celine Dion performed the Oscar-winning song “My Heart Will Go On” to mark the occasion. Dion performed her signature track in front of images from   Titanic, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Here’s a backstage video of Celine Dion singing along to Cher’s ‘Believe’

And there was really nothing about me that lead anyone [else] to believe that I was going to be special.”

Show Full Article During her acceptance speech on Sunday night, Cher explained how she had wanted to be a performer since age 4. pic.twitter.com/sU6bdINgAa
— KiSS 92.5 (@KiSS925) May 22, 2017

Cher was at the Billboard Music Awards to accept the ceremony’s ICON award. You’re not going to be the most talented. Video of Dion’s impromptu karaoke session was captured and posted online Sunday night. As the 71-year-old sang “Believe,” Dion stopped to watch her fellow performer on a monitor and wound up leading a singalong of the “Believe” chorus. But you’re going to be special,” Cher said in her speech. #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/8M93HGh4fb
— Good Morning America (@GMA) May 22, 2017

Check it out #CelineDion sings along with @cher backstage at the #BBMAs!!! “And then when I met Sonny [Bono], he said the same thing. Cher’s performance drew raves online — Billy Eichner was a fan — and backstage too. Cher took the stage shortly after Dion performed and tore through her hit songs “Believe” and “If I Could Turn back Time” (even donning the iconic, original outfit she wore in the 1989 song’s video). INCREDIBLE MOMENT just now backstage at @BBMAs @celinedion stops to watch @cher perform and the press room joins in! When I was really young my mom said, ‘You’re not going to be the smartest, you’re not going to be the prettiest. Celine Dion brought the house down with her anniversary rendition of the   Titanic   love theme, “My Heart Will Go On,” but even she had to stop and pay respects to Cher during Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards. “I want to thank my mom.

Cher proves why she’s an icon, and 8 other highlights from the Billboard Music Awards

Watching him and seeing him work is something that words can’t explain.” He proceeded to ask the audience to give his former collaborator a standing ovation before bringing out C.J. Although the New Zealand artist spent most of the song addressing the TV, she also took a couple breaks to joyfully dance around the stage as only Lorde can. Lorde does karaoke to “Green Light”
Kevin Mazur/BBMA2017/Getty Images
Karaoke never looked so cool: Lorde performed   Melodrama   single “Green Light” in a faux private booth decked out in neon lights and extras who looked like dead-sober friends she dragged to the bar despite their   protests. Although most of the awards were presented off-air, he was able to give three quick acceptance speeches during the televised ceremony, allowing him a chance to shout out fellow Canadian artists (“Canada strong!”), give Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj some love, and, most importantly, bring his father onstage — clad in a shiny purple suit, no less. That’s all changed: This time around, Cyrus simply sang new song “Malibu” with zero theatrics, instead relying on her voice and backing band to deliver a calm performance that showed off her vocal talents — and that ended with Cyrus   having her Justin Bieber moment of sorts when she began tearing up as the crowd applauded. “Biggie was the best rapper I ever had a chance to work with. …and   performs in a fountain surrounded by fire
Ethan Miller/BBMA2017/Getty Images
It was a big night for the   More Life   rapper: Not only did he sweep the awards, but he also put on a fiery show in the middle of the iconic Bellagio Fountains, where he performed “Gyalchester” as water and fire danced around him. I can do a 5-minute plank, okay?” she joked. If that wasn’t enough to prove her status as a star, though, Cher also worked some light bragging into her acceptance speech: “I’m 71 yesterday. See the full list of winners here. “I know my father is looking down on all of us tonight,” he said. “Even though Chris is gone, his legacy endures.”
Cher proves why she’s an icon
John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images
Before Gwen Stefani presented Cher with the Icon Award, the music legend donned chains of sparkling diamonds for “Believe” and then changed into a flowing black wig and fishnet bodysuit for an exuberant rendition of “If I Could Turn Back Time” that felt straight from the ’80s. Ahead, check out nine highlights from the show, broadcast live from Las Vegas Sunday night. Wallace, Biggie’s son. Nicki Minaj starts the party
John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images
A trio of male stars — David Guetta, Lil Wayne, and Jason Derulo — joined Minaj for the show’s opening number, but they couldn’t take the spotlight away from the magnetic MC, who brought the party to the arena with a medley including “No Frauds,” “Light My Body Up,” “Swalla,” and “Regret in Your Tears.”
Drake breaks a record…
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Drake broke a record when he won 13 awards total, more than any other artist has won in a single year at the BBMAs. Miley Cyrus cried, Drake broke a record, and Cher made everyone “Believe”: The 2017 Billboard Music Awards were filled with triumphant moments that   celebrated both this year’s achievements in music and the moments that led us here. “He was a prolific songwriter, a legendary performer, a singer who had a voice for the ages, and a philanthropist,” Reynolds said. Miley Cyrus cries at the end of “Malibu”
John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images
A few years ago, putting Miley Cyrus on an awards show’s list of performers was a way to guarantee viewers would be talking about said show, whether it was because she was wearing skin-colored latex and twerking on Robin Thicke or because she was dancing with a crew of drag queens. P. Diddy delivered a sweet tribute to the late rapper by recalling when he first started Bad Boy Records in 1993 and subsequently teamed up with the Notorious B.I.G. “He changed the game,” Diddy said. Chris Cornell gets a moment of silence
Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell died this past week at age 52, and the BBMAs gave a respectful tribute to the late musician by bringing Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds out to initiate a moment of silence. Diddy brings Biggie’s son onstage
Kevin Mazur/BBMA2017/Getty Images
To celebrate what would have been Biggie’s 45th birthday, P. “I want to thank my mom because I was really young, my mom said, ‘You’re not going to be the smartest, you’re not going to be the prettiest, you’re not going to be the most talented, but you’re going to be special.’” Mothers   do   know best. “My sister and I will continue to carry on his name with tremendous pride.”
Céline Dion revisits “My Heart Will Go On”
John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images
Twenty years ago, Dion introduced the world to “My Heart Will Go On” on the   Titanic   soundtrack, and the Canadian singer brought it back Sunday to celebrate the anniversary with a soaring, touching performance underneath a shining chandelier. Show Full Article She then got serious to talk about how she got to where she is now.

‘American Gods’: Emily Browning on playing a revolutionary dead wife

If anything, it’s possibly one of the best things, or at least in the sense that it’s frustrating to her but it’s forcing her to kind of be a better person. I feel like it’s happening more and more for women, but so often you still read roles that fall into “someone’s wife” or “virgin whore.” I love that Laura is a jerk. She’s just numb. I think she’s definitely the coolest character I’ve ever played. Characters who don’t fit into a box and are kind of good and bad and ethically murky. She thought she loved him, but she didn’t really know what love was. So then I sort of did a skim reading of the book. She’s not romantic by any stretch of the imagination. Sure, she does. Not only that, but she feels no shame about it. I don’t want to play a wife. She’s not a warm person. In our interview below, come for Browning’s insight into Laura Moon — whom she calls “the middle finger of the show” — but stay for the actress’ remarkable and necessary deconstruction   of the importance of an anti-heroine role   like Laura. She was attracted to him physically, and she took him home, which I’m sure she’s doing with a lot of people. If anything, Shadow’s the damsel. She’s not fragile in any way. It never comes across as pining. I need this. Show Full Article I think that’s exciting and interesting. And what were you maybe hesitant about? She almost verges on sociopathic sometimes. I feel like guys often get the chance to play the anti-hero. Everything’s in shades of gray and white and blue. That’s her north star, which is very funny to me because she’s following love and searching for love and she sees it on the horizon, and yet the whole time she’s doing it with a snarl and swearing like a sailor and beating the shit out of people. It’s justification for a not very well-written character. Yet her motivation in the afterlife is primarily   to reach him again. And when she sees Shadow for the first time, he’s gold and glowing and shining. It’s going to be very specific to the audience member in question. It’s never, “Oh, my lost love! On paper, the elements of Laura Moon should have horrified Emily Browning: A wife, motivated by the pursuit of love, under the umbrella of a supernatural epic fantasy. Browning was on set in Toronto last August when EW caught up with her (on Bilquis’ couch, no less). She doesn’t care. And that’s how people work. But I’ve heard that too many times before. She has one pathetic fight scene and ends up being saved by him? Sometimes it’s just sh–ty! And yet this show is all about what you choose to worship, and after Laura dies, the thing that she worships is love. They’re all things that the 28-year-old actress says would be major red flags were they on   any other show — but then, Starz’s American Gods isn’t any other show, and Laura Moon is far from the clichéd spousal role Browning says she so often encounters. I also admire how she’s not necessarily doing it in any sort of pining way. I’ve been burnt by that breakdown before. But then he kind of just stayed. I definitely wouldn’t call her depressed. That’s exceptionally high praise. They’ll say, “She’s only in a few scenes and she’s only his wife, but really she’s the heart and the soul of the show.” But f— that. One of the first times you see her, she’s in her hot tub and sprays super-toxic bug spray and she’s essentially huffing. What does that mean? I must get him back!” I think it’s cool because I’ve always noticed that if you read a script where the girl character’s main motivation in the story is to get back her lost love, it’s almost always a really boring character. It’s really fun for me because almost every character I’ve played has been kind of internal and self-aware and empathetic. She doesn’t really care.”
What is it like to play someone who doesn’t care? She’s a real a–hole. When I first met Michael and Bryan, they were about to describe Laura to me, and I said, “Before you do, please don’t tell me that she’s the heart and soul of the show.” Because I’ve heard that so many f—ing times. Again, you watch The Sopranos and you’re not always like, “Oh, I understand why Tony’s doing all these things he’s doing!” It’s like, no. That’s when she realizes like, oh, this is what love is. It’s kind of sad and like she’s incomplete without the man, whereas if you think about so many different films where the protagonist is a guy and his mission is to get back the girl, he’s almost always a full character with a range of emotions. Obviously, I already knew she was well-written, but so many times, you’ll go in to meet to play “the wife” of someone. I like the fact that for Laura, that is essentially her goal but she’s absolutely not a damsel in distress. It’s a real challenge to play a character who couldn’t care less about anyone else’s feelings and has very few feelings of her own. Like, she stopped feeling. And that’s kind of what I love about it, is the irony. She didn’t fall in love with Shadow until she died. For one thing, Laura is dead — or was, as her tragicomic   reanimation reveals in the backstory-heavy fourth episode   of the Starz series. I think it’s kind of either or. After she dies, we see the world from Laura’s POV, and she sees everything in infrared, which sucks the warmth out of all the images. EW: What did you immediately latch onto with Laura? No. Obviously you want to empathize with the character that you’re playing, and so I’ve thought a lot about where her attitude and views come from, but I love the fact that there will be times when the audience won’t empathize with her at all. And I remember I was sold on Laura the moment that I said that, and one of them said, “Oh, no. It said, “we don’t want to give too much away, but she becomes a cool character,” although it was far more eloquent than that. Sometimes you just do a shitty thing. If you think about Walter White from Breaking Bad, by the end of that show he’s a despicable human being, but you’re rooting for him and you hate him and love him at the same time. That is her god. A few people even on the crew said to me, “Is she getting high or is she trying to kill herself?” and I’m like, “You know what? She’s one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read. EMILY BROWNING:   Well, the first thing I noticed was that in the little character casting breakdown, it said something like, “She’s the wife of Shadow.” Which automatically for me is a red flag. She had sort of just been given the outline that we’re all given: You grow up, you find someone to love, and you marry them. How do you think people will react to seeing Laura’s backstory? Michael Green said that this is a woman for whom being dead is not the worst thing to happen to her. She’s essentially just kind of treading water. If anything, she’s like the spleen of the show.”
How would you describe Laura’s life before she met Shadow? “Git Gone” takes a narrative turn from Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel by dissecting   the relationship between Laura and protagonist Shadow (Ricky Whittle):   How they   met, why   he landed in jail, and exactly how she came back to life. How come it’s not lame for a guy to take a part whose aim is to get their love back, but for a girl, it’s like no stay away from that? I feel like there are so many more opportunities for men to play those kinds of roles. That’s what she’s searching for. Expanding the character was one of the first breakthrough entry points for showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green when they were first plotting their adaptation of the novel; Gaiman himself even called   the Laura-centric episode his “pinch-me” moment in watching the series come alive. I don’t want that.

‘American Gods’: Emily Browning on playing a revolutionary dead wife

I must get him back!” I think it’s cool because I’ve always noticed that if you read a script where the girl character’s main motivation in the story is to get back her lost love, it’s almost always a really boring character. They’re all things that the 28-year-old actress says would be major red flags were they on   any other show — but then, Starz’s American Gods isn’t any other show, and Laura Moon is far from the clichéd spousal role Browning says she so often encounters. I definitely wouldn’t call her depressed. It’s going to be very specific to the audience member in question. She’s essentially just kind of treading water. It said, “we don’t want to give too much away, but she becomes a cool character,” although it was far more eloquent than that. Everything’s in shades of gray and white and blue. Characters who don’t fit into a box and are kind of good and bad and ethically murky. And I remember I was sold on Laura the moment that I said that, and one of them said, “Oh, no. So then I sort of did a skim reading of the book. I feel like there are so many more opportunities for men to play those kinds of roles. How do you think people will react to seeing Laura’s backstory? But then he kind of just stayed. I feel like guys often get the chance to play the anti-hero. Browning was on set in Toronto last August when EW caught up with her (on Bilquis’ couch, no less). She had sort of just been given the outline that we’re all given: You grow up, you find someone to love, and you marry them. And what were you maybe hesitant about? No. I think it’s kind of either or. Sure, she does. I think that’s exciting and interesting. For one thing, Laura is dead — or was, as her tragicomic   reanimation reveals in the backstory-heavy fourth episode   of the Starz series. How come it’s not lame for a guy to take a part whose aim is to get their love back, but for a girl, it’s like no stay away from that? After she dies, we see the world from Laura’s POV, and she sees everything in infrared, which sucks the warmth out of all the images. It’s never, “Oh, my lost love! Obviously, I already knew she was well-written, but so many times, you’ll go in to meet to play “the wife” of someone. But I’ve heard that too many times before. When I first met Michael and Bryan, they were about to describe Laura to me, and I said, “Before you do, please don’t tell me that she’s the heart and soul of the show.” Because I’ve heard that so many f—ing times. I feel like it’s happening more and more for women, but so often you still read roles that fall into “someone’s wife” or “virgin whore.” I love that Laura is a jerk. EMILY BROWNING:   Well, the first thing I noticed was that in the little character casting breakdown, it said something like, “She’s the wife of Shadow.” Which automatically for me is a red flag. And yet this show is all about what you choose to worship, and after Laura dies, the thing that she worships is love. She doesn’t really care.”
What is it like to play someone who doesn’t care? And that’s how people work. She thought she loved him, but she didn’t really know what love was. What does that mean? I don’t want that. Yet her motivation in the afterlife is primarily   to reach him again. On paper, the elements of Laura Moon should have horrified Emily Browning: A wife, motivated by the pursuit of love, under the umbrella of a supernatural epic fantasy. She’s not a warm person. She has one pathetic fight scene and ends up being saved by him? Like, she stopped feeling. I’ve been burnt by that breakdown before. I also admire how she’s not necessarily doing it in any sort of pining way. “Git Gone” takes a narrative turn from Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel by dissecting   the relationship between Laura and protagonist Shadow (Ricky Whittle):   How they   met, why   he landed in jail, and exactly how she came back to life. Michael Green said that this is a woman for whom being dead is not the worst thing to happen to her. A few people even on the crew said to me, “Is she getting high or is she trying to kill herself?” and I’m like, “You know what? That’s her north star, which is very funny to me because she’s following love and searching for love and she sees it on the horizon, and yet the whole time she’s doing it with a snarl and swearing like a sailor and beating the shit out of people. It’s justification for a not very well-written character. She’s not romantic by any stretch of the imagination. It’s really fun for me because almost every character I’ve played has been kind of internal and self-aware and empathetic. She almost verges on sociopathic sometimes. Sometimes it’s just sh–ty! Sometimes you just do a shitty thing. Show Full Article That’s exceptionally high praise. She’s not fragile in any way. Again, you watch The Sopranos and you’re not always like, “Oh, I understand why Tony’s doing all these things he’s doing!” It’s like, no. If anything, Shadow’s the damsel. I don’t want to play a wife. If anything, it’s possibly one of the best things, or at least in the sense that it’s frustrating to her but it’s forcing her to kind of be a better person. It never comes across as pining. If anything, she’s like the spleen of the show.”
How would you describe Laura’s life before she met Shadow? Obviously you want to empathize with the character that you’re playing, and so I’ve thought a lot about where her attitude and views come from, but I love the fact that there will be times when the audience won’t empathize with her at all. It’s a real challenge to play a character who couldn’t care less about anyone else’s feelings and has very few feelings of her own. I think she’s definitely the coolest character I’ve ever played. Not only that, but she feels no shame about it. She doesn’t care. EW: What did you immediately latch onto with Laura? In our interview below, come for Browning’s insight into Laura Moon — whom she calls “the middle finger of the show” — but stay for the actress’ remarkable and necessary deconstruction   of the importance of an anti-heroine role   like Laura. I like the fact that for Laura, that is essentially her goal but she’s absolutely not a damsel in distress. She was attracted to him physically, and she took him home, which I’m sure she’s doing with a lot of people. She didn’t fall in love with Shadow until she died. She’s just numb. It’s kind of sad and like she’s incomplete without the man, whereas if you think about so many different films where the protagonist is a guy and his mission is to get back the girl, he’s almost always a full character with a range of emotions. That’s what she’s searching for. That’s when she realizes like, oh, this is what love is. Expanding the character was one of the first breakthrough entry points for showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green when they were first plotting their adaptation of the novel; Gaiman himself even called   the Laura-centric episode his “pinch-me” moment in watching the series come alive. One of the first times you see her, she’s in her hot tub and sprays super-toxic bug spray and she’s essentially huffing. And that’s kind of what I love about it, is the irony. She’s a real a–hole. I need this. They’ll say, “She’s only in a few scenes and she’s only his wife, but really she’s the heart and the soul of the show.” But f— that. She’s one of the coolest characters I’ve ever read. And when she sees Shadow for the first time, he’s gold and glowing and shining. That is her god. If you think about Walter White from Breaking Bad, by the end of that show he’s a despicable human being, but you’re rooting for him and you hate him and love him at the same time.