Posted May 24, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Deadpool 2″ has found another bad guy — but his identity remains unclear.Deadline reports that the sequel to the R-rated superhero hit has cast “The Strain” actor Jack Kesy as a major villain. Morena Baccarin also returns as his love interest Vanessa, Stefan Kapacic as Colossus, and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.On “The Strain,” which premieres for a fourth and final season in July, Kesy plays a goth rocker who’s one of the first to be infected with the virus that turns everyone in vampires.”Deadpool 2″ opens in theaters June 1, 2018. In the “X-Men” comics, he usually sends blasts through wooden shillelagh. Kesy is just the latest new cast member to hop on board “Deadpool 2.” Josh Brolin is joining as the main villain, Cable, and “Atlanta” star Zazie Beetz will play Domino. Though his exact role is unknown, sources tell the site that he could be playing Black Tom, a Dublin mutant who can manipulate and project energy through plant life. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as the titular, foul-mouthed, snarky merc mutant.
is that Dorne? Is that thing for sale, HBO?• Daenerys Targaryen arrives at Dragonstone, ready to fulfill her destiny as ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.• Arya Stark seems to be on her own, at least at first, and cold, which suggests she heads North. on HBO.Want more stuff like this? And it was worth the wait.The nearly 2-minute trailer will be dissected frame-by-frame across the Internet in the next month before the July 16 premiere, but for now, just revel in the beauty:Gaaaaah!Here are some very quick takeaways:• Queen Cersei Lannister has an amazing floor map, highlighting all of the enemies around her. Dany’s dragons (or at least one) lead a land battle in … And as you can see from the image above, the fighting isn’t just north of The Wall. However, we’ve been promised that the pace of Season 7 with be breakneck, with no downtime filler.GoT Season 7 starts Sunday, July 16 at 9 p.m. Like us on Facebook. Saving the big spoilers for later this season, or Season 8?• We do hear Davos reminding someone –maybe Dany, maybe Cersei, maybe a group — that the real battle is with the dead, and if humans don’t put aside their enmities and band together they will die. Is that Ellaria Sand? So much for the Yara/Dany shippers.There are only seven episodes to the 2017 season, which is the second-to-last season in this saga. Posted May 24, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Great War is here!” After a false start whipped “Game of Thrones” fans into hysterics, HBO successfully posted the long-anticipated official Season 7 trailer. To Winterfell, or further?• There are loads of fight scenes — dothraki, wildlings, dragons, everybody gets in the game. The posters have emphasized ice vs. fire, with the latest poster focusing on the Night’s King, but this trailer is more about mankind. Or out in the Westerlands for a fight with the Lannisters?• “The Great War” is meant to be between the living and the dead, aka mankind and the White Walkers, but the trailer is playing its cards close to the vest on the White Walkers front. We see a glimpse of Grey Worm and Missandei, in an intimate moment, and who is that kissing Yara? Then it won’t matter whose “skeleton” sits on the Iron Throne.• There’s romance in the air.
Their answers do not disappoint — especially Dwayne Johnson’s. Posted May 24, 2017 by Rachel HornerIf someone would’ve told us five years ago that we’d be getting ready to watch a “Baywatch” movie in theaters, we wouldn’t have believed them. Yet, here we are. These days, it seems that nothing is off limits for a big-screen reboot.Since Hollywood is all about that resurgence life, we asked the cast of “Baywatch,” at a recent junket for the movie, what show they’d turn into an R-rated comedy.
Like us on Facebook. It opens in theaters June 2.Want more stuff like this? Posted May 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you had any doubt that Gal Gadot is the true “Wonder Woman,” watch her on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Not only does she look like a golden goddess, she easily crushes Fallon at “Box of Lies” (with the help of a creepy-looking fake foot) and regales the audience with the story of how she auditioned for Wonder Woman without knowing it was for Wonder Woman.She’s so charming. Wonder Woman, indeed.DC’s “Wonder Woman” is apparently the No. Are we gushing? 1 most anticipated summer movie. And yet, everyone came out a winner.Here’s the story of how “Batman v Superman” director Zack Snyder secretly had her audition for Wonder Woman, right as she was about to give up acting completely:Every talk show should be fighting to feature Gal Gadot. Remember when she was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and asked him what he thought of her breasts? So relatable, while not really being relatable at all because she’s obviously too perfect to be human. Not sorry.You have to watch her death stare, and the great way the Israeli star pronounces “foot”:She destroyed him! He was left speechless, and blushing. So hilarious.
Like us on Facebook. She played Caitlin Bree, love interest of star Brian O’Halloran’s character Dante, in the 1994 movie and the subsequent animated series.Sadly, Lisa Spoonauer died Saturday, May 20 at her home in Rathway, New Jersey, at age 44. I’d held a night of open auditions at the #firstavenueplayhouse (where we found @briancohalloran and @marilynghigliotti) but the perfect Caitlin Bree never walked through the door. Her family posted an obituary, mentioning that she worked as an actress early on, then went on to become a restaurant manager and event planner. She called me a few days later and said “Well it’s not porn, but everybody talks like it is. Lisa and Brian CRUSHED it in one long take that still remains one of my favorite scenes I’ve ever shot – not because it shows off any directorial flare (it doesn’t) but because it exemplified how great the performers were since we never had to cut away from their 2-shot. But as strong an actress as she was, Lisa was an even more excellent Mother to her daughter Mia. You changed my life, Lisa.A post shared by Kevin Smith (@thatkevinsmith) on May 23, 2017 at 2:32pm PDTSpoonauer was briefly married to “Clerks” co-star Jeff Anderson from 1998-1999.[via People]Want more stuff like this? In 1992, I went looking for Lisa without knowing either who she was or the integral role she’d play in my life. No cause of death was revealed, but the family suggested donations to the Patient Advocate Foundation Inc, writing, “Our sister Lisa, if she had gotten better, was going to devote the rest of her life to fighting for those with chronic illness who didn’t have the strength or the resources to get the right answers and ultimately obtain the correct course of treatment for themselves.”The “Clerks” family took to social media to react to Spoonauer’s death, with Brian O’Halloran and co-star Marilyn Ghigliotti (Veronica) sharing remembrances on Facebook.”Clerks” director Kevin Smith posted a truly beautiful tribute to Spoonauer on Instagram.Devastated to report that #LisaSpoonauer, who played Caitlin in #clerks, has passed away. Captivated, I approached Lisa cold in the parking lot after the class and said “This is gonna sound creepy but… Posted May 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you’ve seen the classic comedy “Clerks,” you know Lisa Spoonauer. Whenever we’d Facebook later in life, she’d gush about her baby girl proudly. I’ll do it.” A complete stranger at first, Lisa quickly became one of the most important people I’d ever meet when she joined Brian, #JeffAnderson, Marilyn, @jaymewes, @samosier, @davidkleinasc and me as one of the chief architects of my first film. We rehearsed for a month straight in the store after hours, where Lisa perfected Caitlin (and fell in love with Jeff). My heart goes out to Tom, Mia and Lisa’s family. It’s funny. So I popped into an acting class at Brookdale Community College and watched the students from the back. She didn’t sound like she was acting at all; she delivered scripted dialogue as if she was inventing her conversation in the moment, like people do in real life. Thank you for dreaming my dream with me. Lisa was easily the most natural and authentic voice in the room. Do you wanna be in a movie?” Fearlessly, she replied “Not if it’s porn.” I told her a bit about Clerks and gave her a copy of the script and my phone number. She is survived by a husband, daughter, and stepson. The first night of the shoot, Lisa had to maneuver her way through a seven minute scene with Brian in the video store, when Caitlin finally shows up in the movie.
— IMAC ELBAKAERBNU (@BeySatisfied) May 24, 2017Normani didn’t fly from Asia and back, injury her hip, back, and ankle to get FREAKING 3RD PLACE! @TheEmmaSlater I am SO your biggest fan! Did you even write a song telling off that reality show? Chris Blue (Team Alicia Keys)
2. I have a message for @DancingABC#DWTS#NotMyDWTSWinnerpic.twitter.com/ld5anlgyaI
— Valmani WAS ROBBED (@criedintheclub) May 24, 2017Everyone’s reaction to Normani getting 3rd place #TeamValMani#DWTSpic.twitter.com/51JANBTuuC
— aLITcia🔥santos (@aliciasantosxox) May 24, 2017Normani was robbed. I’m so done. For “The Voice,” it was either going to be Chris Blue or Lauren Duski who won. Normani & ValI would never have dreamed I would be a star on @DancingABC much less win the Mirror Ball! #dwts#thevoice
— Kenny (@NYRambler) May 24, 2017Want more stuff like this? But keep shining @NormaniKordei, you have so much light. David & Lindsay
3. You’re not alone! #dwts
— Chantal Rochelle (@chantalrochelle) May 24, 2017I’m just sad that they wasted normani’s time, used her fans, used up her body which she injured. They wouldn’t even have been happy with second, but this is too much, and they made it very clear — with one fan even writing a NSFW song telling off DWTS for sucking so much. Yep, it’s the DWTS fans using their voices and putting words to song, not the “Voice” crew. Explains the whole Trump thing now. #TeamShadSquad #DWTSA post shared by Rashad Jennings (@rashadjennings) on May 23, 2017 at 9:42pm PDTMany DWTS fans are very happy for Rashad & Emma — maybe even most fans, since they did end up winning — but the narrative now has been less about their win than TeamValMani losing their minds for being pushed to third. Lauren Duski (Team Blake Shelton)
— sarah jane 👩🏻 (@trisarahtopssx) May 24, 2017So neither Normani or Lauren won? “Dancing With the Stars” and “The Voice” ended their spring 2017 seasons at the exact same time last night, and Twitter is still fuming from the reactions — especially from Normani Kordei’s livid fans.Both DWTS and “The Voice” had presumed frontrunners and a general consensus of how they were going to play out. Proud to witness you win and to be your partner in it all!!!! She literally had a number one song every week how is that possible?? ♡
— Stacey Trombley (@Trombolii) May 24, 2017Happy w/ the outcome. Rashad & Emma
— ᴺᴷBri💕TeamValMani💕 (@bribricutie3) May 24, 2017Omg this is so funny😭 RT @5_wishes: NORMANI DESERVED BETTER #DWTS#DWTSFinalepic.twitter.com/s4oJfxukdL
— Chrystale🥀Davis (@erybodyh8schrys) May 24, 2017OK, that last one is just funny. Like us on Facebook. Jesse Larson (Team Adam Levine)DWTS
1. For the record, many “The Voice” fans were thrilled to see Chris win, and the ones who were disappointed usually still took time to congratulate the winner:YES! Congrats to Chris, well deserved #TheVoice
— PLL Final Season (@PLLFinalseason) May 24, 2017Um Lauren was robbed?? #TheVoice
— Brian Cantor (@cantorpedia) May 24, 2017Lauren was going to get signed regardless, she’s probably better off not winning the Voice. On DWTS, it was going to be Normani with pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, or NFL running back Rashad Jennings with pro Emma Slater.So that’s probably why “The Voice” finale ended with the usual mild disappointment from Lauren fans who wanted her to win, but not much shock or fury, while the DWTS finale is still sparking Twitter fires for placing Normani & Val third, with low-scoring former MLB catcher David Ross & Lindsay Arnold taking second, and Rashad & Emma winning.Here are the breakdowns:THE VOICE
1. Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake)
4. Posted May 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneWas your favorite “robbed” last night on reality TV? I can’t. She’s the best dancer that has ever been on @DancingABC. Lauren was consistently solid and has market potential, but Chris was in his own league as a performer. Did you tape yourself screaming at the TV? I so thought Lauren would win #Thevoice (her original was so good, plus she’s country + they always win) but Chris so deserves this!
Ultimately, he did say this:”You know what. One of the anchors said she heard about rumors of a “Top Gun 2” and asked that they please be true. “I’m gonna start filming it probably in the next year”. But fans have not lost that loving feeling, and are happy to hear there’s been any progress at all.Want more stuff like this? I’m going to start filming it probably in the next year. I know It’s happening. It has been 31 years since Maverick and Goose sang in that bar, and Cruise is only now preparing to return for “Top Gun 2.””Top Gun 2” has been in the works in some form or another forever, but an Australian morning show recently pressed Cruise on the subject when he was there to promote other stuff. That would still only get it started in 2018 for a potential 2019 release. Like us on Facebook. Posted May 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneTom Cruise still feels the need for speed, just not super-speed about a “Top Gun” sequel. It is definitely happening.”WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: @TomCruise just confirmed that Top Gun 2 is happening! Cruise smiled his Tom Cruise smile and said “It’s true.” The anchors were thrilled (maybe overly thrilled, calm down a bit) and asked for details on when, but at first Cruise just kept repeating “It’s true.” Could he not say when? #sun7pic.twitter.com/X17xvxz4Q4
— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) May 23, 2017Back in 2015, Skydance CEO David Ellison talked to Collider about Justin Marks writing a screenplay for the “Top Gun” sequel with “an amazing role for Maverick.” In 2016, Cruise was on “The Graham Norton Show,” and said they were “discussing” the sequel and “trying to figure it out.” He reportedly still wants to do his own stunts, like he still does with the “Mission: Impossible” movies, despite now being 54.Now that Cruise has gone on the record about wanting to start filming in the next year, maybe it’ll front-burner the whole project.
Like us on Facebook. “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters December 15. It’s not something that works like a stab wound. Read a lot more details from Vanity Fair (and check out their amazing covers).Want more stuff like this? The Resistance is under immense pressure, and it’s time for them to get a bit of help. It’s not a piece of flame that whacks your body. He has a lot of issues. That’s where Finn and Rose come in, and they’re thrust into a crazy adventure.”We’re ready to go along for the ride! Here’s more from Boyega to EW:”It’s Finn and Rose, they’re on a massive adventure. […] It’s a grounding injury. It’s really brutal. He got slashed with a saber, and that took him down real hard, so he’s in a coma. But when he does… It’s a big mission they need to complete. It’s going to take him some time to get back on the ball. Finn’s in a bad way at the end of VII. oh, he does.”When he does get back on the ball, Finn will embark on a new quest with Resistance mechanic Rose Tico. Posted May 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneThey’re not exactly the “Star Wars” version of Bill and Ted, but in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Finn (John Boyega) and new character Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) will be off on their own excellent adventure, while Rey (Daisy Ridley) is busy training with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).Finn was left unconscious after “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but don’t worry, despite Boyega’s trolling to fans, Finn will not stay asleep the whole time.However, the actor explained to Entertainment Weekly that recovering from a lightsaber wound is different from a normal wound, so fans shouldn’t expect a quick and easy recovery for Finn:”Once it’s in, it continues to burn the skin and the cells.
At one point, Lucas considered relying on an all-Japanese cast for the original Star Wars, reflecting the the heavy influence Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films had on the movies. A number of big-name directors were considered to helm “Return of the Jedi,” including David Lynch, David Cronenberg, and even Steven Spielberg. If you’ve ever wondered why Darth Vader actor David Prowse never shows up at Star Wars Celebration or similar events, it’s because he’s been banned after a series of disagreements with George Lucas. Many of the sets in “The Phantom Menace” had to be rebuilt after the designers realized Liam Neeson was too tall to fit through the doorways.20. But after Baker fell ill from food poisoning, the part shifted to Warwick Davis instead. For some reason, Yoda’s feet change shape over the course of the “Star Wars” saga. The working title for “Return of the Jedi” during filming was “Blue Harvest.” This is a reference to “Red Harvest,” the 1929 novel that inspired the classic samurai film “Yojimbo,” which itself was a major influence on “Star Wars.7. Kenner had to cancel its original Boba Fett action figure because the rocket-firing feature was deemed a choking hazard. Lucas squabbled with the Directors Guild of America over his decision not to include opening credits in the original “Star Wars.” Lucas ultimately opted to leave the Guild, and he more or less cut ties with the traditional Hollywood machine after that point.17. The Skywalker family was originally named “Starkiller” in early drafts of the “Star Wars” screenplay. Apparently, the two never got along while filming the original movies.16. Lucas had to rearrange the scene in order to hide that injury.9. Davis has gone on to play a number of characters throughout the series.40. Before Frank Oz was brought onboard to bring Yoda to life via puppetry, Lucas considered (*rolls eyes) relying on a trained monkey to play the elderly Jedi Master.15. He even jokingly subtitled “Episode II” as “Jar Jar’s Big Adventure” for a while. Darth Maul actor Ray Park had his own idea about who should play Anakin Skywalker in “Attack of the Clones.” Park sparred with an Indiana stockbroker named Jeff Garner and, despite Garner’s complete lack of acting experience, forwarded his name to Lucasfilm.36. Believe it or not, the opening crawl in the original “Star Wars” was created entirely through practical effects. Warrick. Paramount Pictures changed the subtitle of “Star Trek II” from “The Vengeance of Khan” to “The Wrath of Khan” after learning that Episode VI would be titled “Revenge of the Jedi.” Unfortunately for them, George Lucas wound up switching to “Return of the Jedi” during post-production.10. Mark Hamill campaigned for Lucas to introduce a love interest for Luke in “Return of the Jedi.” Lucas declined, but Luke did eventually gain a wife and family in the Expanded Universe novels.39. But that wasn’t the only time Lucas had to account for one of Hamill’s injuries.8. Ultimately, Lucas decided Welles’ voice was too recognizable.30. There’s a background extra during the escape from Cloud City in “The Empire Strikes Back” who appears to be carrying an ice cream maker. They were created entirely via digital effects.22. Fans have since developed an elaborate back-story for this character, casting him as a Rebel spy carrying vital information to the Alliance.31. Very few prototypes exist, making it one of the holy grails in the toy collecting community.14. For example, the Jawas speak a variation of Zulu, while the Ewoks speak a mixture of Nepalese and Tibetan.25. See for yourself below: 29. One of the early drafts of the “Return of the Jedi” screenplay ended with Luke donning his father’s mask and declaring himself to be the new Darth Vader.18. R2-D2 actor Kenny Baker was originally slated to play lead Ewok Wicket W. The Prequels were so CG-heavy that Lucasfilm never actually constructed any physical suits of armor for the Clonetroopers. While Sir Alec Guinness was never shy about voicing his disdain for “Star Wars,” the original movies made him a very rich man. “Empire Strikes Back” had plenty of problems with production running behind schedule and going over-budget. Acclaimed thespian Orson Welles (above) was among those originally considered to voice Darth Vader. That abandoned twist did sort of make its way into the Expanded Universe comics. Everyone knows that the fuzzy teddy bears on Endor are called Ewoks, but that word is never actually uttered in any of the “Star Wars” movies.5. Hayden Christiansen actually wore the Darth Vader suit in the villain’s final appearance in “Revenge of the Sith.” He was forced to walk on stilts in order to properly convey the character’s imposing height.37. The mini-series “Dark Empire” saw Luke fall to the Dark Side after a cloned Emperor Palpatine returned to threaten the galaxy.19. Grand Moff Tarkin actor Peter Cushing found his costume’s military boots very uncomfortable, so he wound up filming most of his scenes while wearing a pair of fuzzy slippers instead.26. Still, it wasn’t a bad gig considering that Jones wound up recording all of his lines in a few hours.3.Ewan McGregor isn’t the first member of his family to appear in the Star Wars movies. In every other film, however, he has four.21. Lucas and his team had to film while moving die-cut letters across a black paper background, and the whole process took hours to pull off.35. Those names are a reference to the shutdown code in “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (above).28. Lucas is at least somewhat aware of the disdain many Star Wars fans have for Jar Jar Binks. The tiny Pacific nation of Niue actually accepts collectible Star Wars coins as legal tender.23. The Tantive IV (below), the ship carrying Princess Leia and the droids in the opening moments of “Star Wars,” is based on the original concept design for the Millennium Falcon.27. Both Jar-Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best and C-3PO actor Anthony Daniels appear out of costume as background extras in the cantina scene in “Attack of the Clones.”11. The “Starkiller” name has been used in various other pieces of Star Wars lore, finally making its movie debut in “The Force Awakens” thanks to Starkiller Base.6. Many of the alien dialects in the movies actually have roots in real-world languages. By contrast, James Earl Jones received a paltry $7500 for his work voicing Darth Vader in the original film. Qui-Gon Jinn’s communicator in “The Phantom Menace” was actually just a re-purposed Gillette shaving razor. In the end, Lucas settled with a less conventional choice in the form of Welsh director Richard Marquand, who caught Lucas’ eye with his 1981 film “Eye of the Needle.”13. Lucas even considered Kurosawa mainstay Toshiro Mifune to play Obi-Wan Kenobi.33. In “Phantom Menace,” Yoda has three toes on each foot. The actor held his breath for so long while filming the trash compactor scene in “Star Wars” that he burst a blood vessel in his face. Some of those problems were exacerbated by “The Shining” director Stanley Kubrick, who took over some of Lucas’ studio space after a fire at Elstree Studios.38. Artist Ralph McQuarrie created concept art for a medieval-style castle for Darth Vader that would have appeared in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Obviously those designs were scrapped, but they did inspire Vader’s Mustafar fortress (above) seen in “Rogue One.”34. If you aren’t watching the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels,” you might not know that Darth Maul actually survived his apparent death at the end of “The Phantom Menace.” Maul returned to continue his feud with Obi-Wan Kenobi during the height of the Clone Wars.24. Don’t believe us? An early draft of the “Return of the Jedi” script featured both Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi returning to life to assist Luke in overthrowing the Emperor.32. Most fans probably know that Mark Hamill’s face was scarred in a car accident prior to filming “The Empire Strikes Back,” which is why the Wampa attack was added to the script. His uncle, Denis Lawson, played Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles in the Original Trilogy.4. Yoda went through several name changes during the course of writing “The Empire Strikes Back.” At one point, it was established that his full name is “Minch Yoda,” and before that he was known simply as “Buffy.”12. Posted May 24, 2017 by Jesse SchedeenThere’s never been a better time to be a “Star Wars” fan.The franchise is currently dominating the pop culture landscape, with “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hitting theaters December 2017 and the Young Han Solo movie following in 2019.To help fill the wait until those movies finally hit, here are 11 interesting facts you might not know about the “Star Wars” movies.1. Among Jabba’s many henchman in “Return of the Jedi,” there’s a trio known as Klaatu, Barada and Nikto. Guinness’ contract granted him 2% of the box office receipts, or close to $100 million when all was said and done.2.
Thus, the vendor’s payment will have paid the publisher and thus the author. Only offers for new books are eligible to be featured.”
At the heart of the matter for publishing people is the question of “new.” If that book is in fact new, then it will have been bought from the publisher (or an official wholesaler/distributor) by the third-party vendor. Over the last month, there have been a couple publishing stories receiving wide play across mainstream news sites such as The Guardian, Vox, Huffington Post, and others. The Concern about UK’s “Screen Fatigue” Report
The latest UK Publishers Association’s report included a purported rise of 8 percent in physical sales (to the highest level since 2012) and a 17 percent drop in the total consumer ebook market. Let’s start with Amazon’s statement to the press on this: “We have listed and sold books, both new and used, from third-party sellers for many years. He suggested that they might have “considered ‘bookstore fatigue’ or ‘high prices fatigue’ while they were brainstorming.”
And at the Bookseller, editor Philip Jones, arguably the single most astute of all UK industry observers, noted that, when the Publishers Association report announces falling ebook sales, they don’t count Amazon’s numbers, of course, or Bookouture’s, or those from Head of Zeus, Endeavour Press, Amazon Publishing, or self-published writers. While that problem can be laid at the steps of Amazon, it’s the job of publishers associations to characterize what data they do have on digital sales as only partial, and to be wary of contributing to overstatements of what’s known about ebook sales and print supposedly blasting back. Are they being sourced legitimately? As usual, without an understanding of context and nuance, the mainstream media waded right in for the latest doom-of-the-ebook wallow. David Vandagriff at the Passive Voice blog wryly posited that “screen fatigue” sounds like a marketing phrase. The recent changes allow sellers of new books to be the ‘featured offer’ on a book’s detail page, which means that our bookstore now works like the rest of Amazon, where third-party sellers compete with Amazon for the sale of new items. Not coming clean about this is misleading to their own customers, as well as to the culture at large. In every part of Amazon’s far-flung retail operation, third-party vendors “compete with Amazon”—that’s Amazon’s own language—to be the default sellers of items in a product’s buy box—the box that contains the purchase button and indicates the seller and purchase price. This wasn’t the case for non-used books, however, until earlier this spring, when Amazon introduced this same capacity for third-party vendors to be made the seller in the buy box of new books. The publishing industry in the UK and US has a real problem—not necessarily of its own making—in trying to assess its digital reach, given the lack of accurate digital sales data from online retailers. It’s well known that Amazon and other online retailers don’t make ebook sales data available. The dust cover and original protective wrapping, if any, is intact. “Were we a little clearer about this missing bit, we would not today be reading about how … the ebook was dead (again),” he wrote. (I’ve addressed this problem before.)
Here are the latest stories that are causing confusion—and sometimes moral panic—where it’s not deserved. So, the question is: Are these new books really new? Michael Cader at Publishers Lunch has reported that Penguin Random House is asking Amazon re-sellers “specifically how and from whom you are acquiring our books.”
Coverage from Publishers Weekly has included a precise definition from Amazon of new as “brand-new, unused, unread copy in perfect condition. His listings have been removed by Amazon, he says, “because of complaints about used items sold as new.” In the course of this exchange, you see the vendor being told by colleagues that he should have an invoice “directly from the publisher” as protection, to prove the books were legitimately bought new, if Amazon inquires. Chief among these was the Guardian’s piece proclaiming that ebook sales have plunged in the UK “as readers return to print.” In that story, Publishers Association chief Stephen Lotinga speculated that “people are now getting screen tiredness, or fatigue, from so many devices being used, watched, or looked at in their week.” This, of course, as every other screen-distributed medium seems to thrive. The Guardian published another story on the same day in which it asserted that ebooks have “lost their shine” because “Kindles now look clunky and unhip.” More such misinformed coverage could be found at CNNMoney and Engadget: the pile-on was underway as print fans rejoiced and yet another industry report left the unseeable unsaid: we can only guess at how many ebook sales are out there unless Amazon suddenly becomes more transparent. While such outlets may be respectable and have the ability to get most stories right, in the publishing industry, two problems often come into play:
A lack of understanding of industry statistics—and an inability to put them in their proper context
Knee-jerk judgment regarding anything Amazon does
Publications with business models that predominantly rely (or did rely) on print also have the “nostalgia” problem—where they’re particularly prone to latch on to any story that indicates a possible resurgence of print or decline of digital. It’s not clear yet how much actual impact this may have on revenues for authors and publishers if third-party sellers are indeed held to dealing in actual new books. And the retailer isn’t the only one inquiring. That said, at the heart of the disturbance is a mystery as to how third-party vendors can sell new books at the low prices they charge (and still make anything) and how they’re obtaining the books they say are new. Amazon says it’s working hard to be sure that books offered as new are actually new. This change has kicked up a firestorm of complaint in the publishing community. If you enjoyed this analysis, try a 30-day free trial of The Hot Sheet. If anything, this development will lead to a healthy tightening of some publisher’s own sales policies—particularly as it relates to advance review copies, hurts, and remainders—as well as to tighter controls on what books are sold as new on the Amazon platform. (Note that the following material is adapted from The Hot Sheet, the subscription email newsletter I run with journalist Porter Anderson.)
Amazon’s Buy-Box Policy Change for New Books
A lawn-mower vendor or a light bulb manufacturer could have told you this was probably coming. All supplementary materials are included, and all access codes for electronic material, if applicable, are valid and/or in working condition.”
As is frequently the case, reaction to Amazon’s application of its standard buy-box policy to books is probably overheated. And rather than explaining that we simply don’t have adequate data to assess how much of the market is going to ebooks, publishers’ trade organizations tend to favor the narrative that supports the concept of the print resurgence dear to many. In this seller forum thread, you can see a third-party seller (called “tomepusher”) working through a long exchange with other vendors.
Snyder also had two children from a past relationship before marrying Deborah Snyder, with who he adopted two more children.It was revealed yesterday that Zack would be stepping away from “Justice League” to be with his family, with Joss Whedon finishing up the film, which is in post-production and still scheduled for release on November 17.Want more stuff like this? — Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 23, 2017To support or seek help, please know there are places such as https://t.co/LUw6woJElo and https://t.co/OW50Kobpzz that are doing great work. “Justice League” director Zack Snyder’s 20-year-old daughter Autumn took her own life in March, but that was just made public yesterday — shortly before the world heard about the deaths at the Manchester Ariana Grande concert.Pretty much everyone has spent the last day reaching out with thoughts, prayers, and condolences, but if you were one of the fans who took the time to sent love to Zack Snyder, rest assured that he received it, and he appreciated it.Thanks for the outpouring of support. — Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) May 23, 2017Zack Snyder and his ex-wife Denise had four children, including Autumn. Like us on Facebook. I can’t express how much it means to Debbie & I and Autumn’s mother, Denise, at such a difficult time. Posted May 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe past 24 hours have been filled with heartbreaking news, but the silver lining has been the support and love from fans.
“Wonder Woman” (June 2)
2. Safe to say she’s not mad!Want more stuff like this? Posted May 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf only DC and Marvel would cross the superhero aisle and team up, they’d have the perfect summer 2017 movie.Fandango polled more than 10,000 moviegoers and asked them to name the movie they were most anticipating, from the list of titles coming out Memorial Day to Labor Day 2017. “Despicable Me 3” (June 30)
7. “Baywatch” (May 25)Two superheroes, several sequels, lots of franchise movies, some reboots, not much original material. And then there’s “Dunkirk.” Bless that Christopher Nolan.”Wonder Woman” is the first woman-led film to top Fandango’s summer movie survey, and they got reaction from director Patty Jenkins. “The Dark Tower” (August 4)
5. 1 to Tony Stark, Underoos! “War for the Planet of the Apes” (July 14)
8. “The Mummy” (June 9)
10. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7)
3. Like us on Facebook. Here’s the top 10 from Fandango’s survey, including each movie’s release date:1. “Transformers: The Last Knight” (June 21)
9. 1, followed by Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” starring Tom Holland.Don’t worry, you’re always No. DC’s “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, came in at No. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (May 26)
4. “Dunkirk” (July 21)
Many viewers were shocked by the choice, and — cynical after so many seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” — assumed the producers asked her to keep Lucas around for drama.”I think people are going to think that,” Rachel told E! News after the May 22 premiere. “I am so opinionated and direct, they couldn’t make me do anything.” So why did she keep Lucas over eight other guys?”I said I wanted to be entertained the first night, and that he did!”UGH.Rachel said she still doesn’t really understand what “Whaboom” is, but she knows it’s part of who Lucas is. We’re still rooting for you, man!Want more stuff like this? Anyone at all.Lucas showed up in a “Whaboom” T-shirt and did that annoying face-wiggling “Whaaaaaboooooom” for Rachel right out of the limo. Posted May 23, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Bachelorette” fans are already mad at Rachel Lindsay for giving a premiere night rose to “Whaboom” Lucas instead of hot Marine/our early Bachelor 2018 choice Blake K, or literally anyone else. Like us on Facebook. She didn’t seem impressed, and the guys inside weren’t impressed when Lucas did it a thousand more times, quickly dubbing him the “crazy” one. Sigh. She also tweeted this, which isn’t exactly a glowing endorsement:Please don’t ask me to explain whaboom…#asklucas
— Rachel Lindsay (@TheRachLindsay) May 23, 2017Blake K supporters replied to Rachel, demanding answers, and kept up their Bachelor/Bachelor in Paradise campaigns across Twitter. When Rachel gave Lucas her final rose, she didn’t look thrilled about it.
It looks like the King in the North himself. But here’s the motion tease:#GameofThrones Season 7 begins 7.16 on @HBO. Now we have an official poster. Like us on Facebook. #GoTS7A post shared by gameofthrones (@gameofthrones) on May 23, 2017 at 10:30am PDTWhen that one came out, some fans were too busy complaining that it wasn’t the big Season 7 trailer to notice the little figure in the Night’s King’s eye at the very beginning. We’ll leave that debate to the maesters.For now, here’s the stationary poster:Nobody reflected in that blue eye. Trailer next?GoT Season 7, the penultimate season, premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO.Want more stuff like this? Posted May 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt looks like the Night’s King has his eye on Jon Snow (Kit Harington), literally, in the video version of the new “Game of Thrones” Season 7 poster.HBO released the official Season 7 poster, followed by what we’re apparently meant to call a motion poster — although if it’s in motion, is it still a poster? That would make sense, since these two have unfinished business from “Hardhome.” Should we expect another big face-off in the seven episodes of Season 7?It does feel like HBO is working up to a trailer, with the cast just talking up the fast pace of Season 7, and the network recently releasing several brand new photos.
We talked about keeping that as knife’s edge as we possibly could.How much did you know about the ride before you signed onto the movie?I had been on the ride maybe in the late ’90s, when I was first shooting some stuff in America and my kids were quite young at the time. For all of his narcissism and vanity, there’s a lot of self-delusion I think in Barbossa’s brain, as to what his station is in life.It’s amazing how the character has changed from movie to movie. So I thought, Well this has been a nice, big, bold swashbuckling [adventure]. So all of that has been very good. And he seems to keep evolving. But I did read the screenplay and of course on the last page I get shot. It was all that great Animatronic stuff that Walt Disney invented in the 60s. I thought that was a nice spin on it.After that, Gore Verbinski phoned me after the film was such a smash. I still can’t quite understand how they get all the water levels right. He was a politician getting the G20 of world pirates together for a big meeting.Then I worked for King George II in the fourth film and now I’m a corporate CEO, a rather obscenely wealthy pirate with a vulgarity to his style. We were very low down on the list for films that people were going to see that summer. It’s just another pirate movie.” When they came up with the curse, with these pirates that you realize, by the moonlight, are undead. And similarly, with Salazar, Javier treats the role very seriously.I did a lot of press with him as we were touring through Shanghai and Paris and it was fascinating to hear him talk about what made him so vengeful and so mercenary, to have this dark obsession to annihilate every pirate on the face of the earth. What was it like shooting with Javier Bardem?He’s great isn’t he? But it went gangbusters. He’s the oldest pirate on the sea, which is fun to play because he probably has to be the most ruthless and the most lethal. That gave it a really great quest to reverse the whole idea — we had to put all the treasure back. He also has to quickly talk his way out of not being killed by Salazar at any given moment. And I said to my agent, “Do I really get a good fee for this?” He said, “No, you do it for the pleasure and honor of being a part of the ride so that one day your great-grandkids will go there and go, ‘That’s great great-granddad Geoffrey.'” [Laughs]”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” opens everywhere Friday. So we had been to Disneyland. And in this last film they have planted something that obviously happened decades ago, because we’re all much older. And he said, “We’re bringing you back with voodoo.” It wasn’t just movie magic, there was a great plotline with Tia Dalma who needed all the great pirate lords and it went global and Chow Yun-Fat was playing a new villain and Barbossa made a surprise entrance. Do you always find new things to play in Barbossa?Yeah. I didn’t think Barbossa could get any crustier. Again, in that whole series of very, very good character actors who have jumped at the opportunity to be a big part of this five-chapter saga. I thought all of those set pieces were very imaginative and potent. He’s got those different types of personas that he gravitates towards because he is a control freak. (He also gets to tangle with Salazar, an evil, ghostly pirate played by Javier Bardem who is hell-bent on finding and killing Sparrow, something that Barbossa can sympathize with.) Barbossa has always been one of the more fluid characters in the franchise and where he goes here is a huge thrill.Just as huge a thrill was getting to talk to Rush about the new movie, his thoughts on the entire franchise, and what it was like getting inserted into the original attraction.Moviefone: When you made the first movie, did you ever think it’d be this huge franchise?Geoffrey Rush: Well, it’s been 15 years ago. And in that rare phenomenon, because he’s such a remarkable actor, Johnny had been king of the indies with “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?” and “Edward Scissorhands,” he’s always created fantastic and rather magical types of characters, he got Oscar-nominated for Best Actor, which is a great triumph for a film that is primarily a comedy adventure film, which rarely get a look-in for that type of film.When they decided to shoot 2 and 3 and make it a trilogy, I liked that the writers went very Wagnerian and looked at all the mythology and folklore and all of the fears of the pirate world, you know going over the edge of the waterfall and turning upside down and fighting the Kraken. We had Bill Nighy in there as Davy Jones, which I thought was a groundbreaking piece of cinematic magic, being able to create him as that underwater creature. The ride is an engineering marvel. And he said there was a code of honor in the Andalusian, Southern Spanish Naval world and for that to have been besmirched by a pirate has caused him over 25 years in purgatory in the Devil’s Triangle, he’s come back full of rage and full of pain. But you know I love the spirit of that film. Now he’s got a wooden leg and a crutch which he could also fight with.But there’s a new villain on the scene, Salazar. Barbossa, who has sparred gloriously with Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow since the beginning, gets additional dimension in this fifth installment. People were very cynical like, Basing it on a theme park ride, that’s going to be very interesting, isn’t it? Did you ever imagine you’d be in a Disney ride?No. Someone describes Barbossa before he enters as being “spat out from the mouth of hell.” And I thought, I’ve got to bring something to that. You really get lost down there. But Barbossa’s always got an ulterior motive and you find out Barbossa is in it for the big bonus of getting the trident of Poseidon himself. When they first wrote the script Jerry Bruckheimer said, “There’s an element missing. I’ve got to make an entrance, which is of course the first confrontation with Elizabeth Swann. We started in September 2002. You get drawn into a mesmerizing and rather enchanting world. Posted May 23, 2017 by Drew TaylorOne of the greatest surprises in the new and good “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” is how much meaty material Geoffrey Rush, who has played salty pirate Barbossa since the first film, gets. Good to play in. It’s a very classical, very inventive and very imaginative actor’s approach.And you guys are so great together.Well, it’s the meeting of two villains, both of whom would really just like to wipe each other out in the first scene. I can’t remember what year it was, maybe 10 years ago, no one wanted to tamper with what made the ride such a pleasurable experience for families to enjoy but I love that they managed to slip a bit of Jack Sparrow in and put Barbossa up on one of the boats.How does that feel?
Non-production has a thousand fathers, production only one.Yeah, Rossio’s “Pirates 5″ script might’ve just sucked, but what a random reason for rejecting a villain. He probably thought no one would care. Of course there is also the possibility that all those screenplays simply sucked. Like us on Facebook. It’s totally not redundant!”Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” opens May 26.Want more stuff like this? I saw it twice, and a female villain is literally the last thing I remember about Dark Shadows. Johnny thinking people would compare a female villain in Pirates to Eva Green’s female villain in Dark Shadows is too much. Which I think is a pretty accurate summation of the job of screenwriting in general. More recent examples: my television series Magical Law lapsed when Gore Verbinski decided to direct The Lone Ranger instead. My version of Dead Men Tell No Tales was set aside because it featured a female villain, and Johnny Depp was worried that would be redundant to Dark Shadows, which also featured a female villain. I’m usually too busy remembering how dirty Tim Burton did the Dark Shadows legacy, and that unintentionally hilarious scene where Chloe Moretz turns into a teenage werewolf.”Johnny Depp hasn’t said anything on this himself, we’re taking the word of the movie’s executive producer and past franchise screenwriter. Got it.Johnny is dumb for a multitude of reasons, but I’m going to focus on one. But Rossio threw it into his long blog post almost as an aside, it’s not like he seemed to be angling for attention. Then again, it’s Johnny Depp, and Odd is his thing.Terry Rossio is credited as a screenwriter on “The Curse of the Black Pearl,” “Dead Man’s Chest,” “At World’s End, and “On Stranger Tides.” For the 2017 movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which comes out Friday, May 26, he just has a story by/executive producer credit.In a lengthy — seriously, you’ve never seen anything so long — blog post called Screenwriting Column 55, Rossio slid in a mention about his original “Pirates 5” villain, who was changed into Javier Bardem’s Armando Salazar.Here’s that section (bold added for emphasis):#27: World Creation Subject to Whim DestructionThe original title of this column was planned to be World Creation Subject to Whim Destruction. And plenty of people won’t care.Anyway, Javier Bardem is amazing, and any time you can get him, you’re lucky, even if he often plays the same type of villain himself. But usually when I go back to read a screenplay that wasn’t produced, it holds up, often better than the film that was eventually produced. Sometimes it just takes a single decision by a single person, often just a whim, to destroy years of story creation and world-building. But check out the marvelously detailed four-part series Godzilla Unmade, by Keith Aiken, exploring the development and production of that film. Dark Shadows came out in 2012. For a rather odd reason. Posted May 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe guy who wrote the scripts for the first four “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies said his screenplay for the fifth movie, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” was rejected because Johnny Depp didn’t want a female villain. Our theatrical feature Lightspeed was put on the back burner when Disney acquired the Star Wars franchise. Not everything is or should be about gender, but when you reject a pitch specifically because of gender, there should at least be some solid reasoning behind it, beyond thinking it’s “redundant” because some movie you made several years ago that few people probably remember also featured a woman wanting revenge.As Dlisted put it:”But starring in five movies as the same tired hobo pirate character swashbuckling against five male pirate-y villains isn’t redundant? In my career, Godzilla has already been mentioned. Why such a specific rejection?
Posted May 23, 2017 by Kelly WooThe Honest Trailer for “Logan” gets an extra dose of honesty, courtesy of pal Deadpool!Ryan Reynolds popped in as the foul-mouthed mutant merc for the Screen Junkies’ “Deadpool” Honest Trailer and he makes another cameo in their 200th episode about the final Wolverine movie.But as usual, Deadpool isn’t one to play nice or cooperate. “Are you high? If Jackman doesn’t get an Oscar nom, I’m setting every VHS copy of ‘Crash’ on fire.”In the months leading up to “Logan’s” release, Reynolds and Jackman razzed each other and riffed about their characters through social media.The Honest Trailer does its usual snarky routine, calling Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier “The Nutty Professor” and Boyd Holbrook’s Pierce “Steampunk Colonel Sanders.”Reynolds-as-Deadpool also came up with a great idea for a future movie.”I do endorse [‘Logan’ director] James Mangold to make ‘Old Man Deadpool’ in 2038,” he says. I’m not gonna s— on ‘Logan,'” the superhero says. Just 90 minutes of Cable and I changing each other’s … “That film is a f—ing masterpiece. space diapers.” “Oh man, how good would that be?
Gambler Warren Beatty teams up with madam Julie Christie to open a brothel in a remote frontier town, and all goes well until the big businessmen move in on them. The film is a sprawling allegory about life on the border, the way old myths continue to shape our lives, and the uneasy coexistence of many different peoples in the new West. Brando the storyteller plays up the Oedipal tensions as the two men head toward the inevitable showdown. Humphrey Bogart’s never been more hard-boiled. Like Pollack and Redford’s later “Out of Africa,” it’s the story of an immigrant who’s a bit out of his depth dealing with the difficulties of the local terrain, the climate, and an uneasy coexistence with the natives. 31. 12. (Theres the Carradines, the Quaids, the Keaches, and the Guests.) The gimmick works surprisingly well; it makes the history among these outlaws seem a lot more personal. 38. ‘Destry Rides Again’ (1939)
George Marshall’s western is almost ridiculously entertaining. ‘Django Unchained’ (2012)
Quentin Tarantino’s inevitable spaghetti-western homage turned out to be an epic, brutal tale of two bounty hunters (Jamie Foxx and Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz) who target the horrifically cruel plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio) who once enslaved Foxx’s Django and still has Django’s wife (Kerry Washington). 5. 40. Johnny Depp plays a meek city slicker who receives a fatal bullet wound when mistaken for a gunslinger. It’s another Howard Hawks movie that explores different varieties of masculinity, and one of the best. the establishment But mostly, it’s a fun buddy movie (and an influential one, the first of its kind), one that coasts largely on the immense charm and charisma of the Paul Newman-Robert Redford pairing. Like many westerns, this one laments the passing of the old ways, to be replaced by a new, even more ruthless kind of savagery. ‘El Mariachi (1992)’
Robert Rodriguez’ debut film, famously made for just $6,000, is a brilliantly staged spaghetti-western homage about an aspiring troubadour (Carlos Gallardo) in a picturesque village who gets mixed up in a bloody crime war and becomes a lethal gunslinger instead. It popularized the spaghetti western (so-called because it was directed by an Italian and shot in Europe, giving it an otherworldly, surreal quality that homegrown westerns lacked), demonstrated a cynicism about frontier morality that was new to the genre, and made a movie star out of TV cowpoke Clint Eastwood. 17. 45. ‘The Professionals’ (1966)Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster star in this twisty, noir-like tale of four mercenaries hired to rescue a rancher’s kidnapped wife, only to find more than they bargained for once they find her. ‘Johnny Guitar’ (1954)
Sterling Hayden plays the title troubadour, but Nicholas Ray’s unique, lurid western is all about the women. 53. 22. Casey Affleck plays Ford as a frustrated celebrity stalker, one who turns against his idol when his idol worship goes unrequited. There’s a lot going on here, most of it unspoken, from the history of range wars between farmers and ranchers, to Shane’s unintentional displacement of Heflin in the affections of the wife and the son. ‘Little Big Man’ (1970)
Arthur Penn’s movie is the revisionist western to end all revisionist westerns. 55. Posted May 23, 2017 by Gary SusmanIt’s fitting that Clint Eastwood and John Wayne both have the same birthday week. Christian Bale plays the Heflin role of a desperate farmer who agrees to take on the lucrative but hazardous job of escorting a captured criminal (Russell Crowe, in the Ford part) to the train that will take him to prison, with both men aware that the outlaw’s gang will stop at nothing to free him. Worth seeking out. ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (1969)Like Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” the same year, it’s easy to see this film about outlaws who draw the wrath of the government in two different countries as a parable of the counterculture vs. 44. ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’ (1948)
It takes place in Mexico, but it feels like a western — there’s gold prospecting, bandits, murder, and greed. ‘El Topo’ (1970)
Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal, psychedelic tale virtually invented both the acid western and the midnight-movie cult hit. With explicit nods to “High Noon,” “Chinatown,” and Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns, “Rango” is a film full of sly references that kids won’t get but adults will appreciate. James Stewart, in a sly performance, plays a lawman who’s reluctant to use his gun, even though he’s an expert sharpshooter. ‘Seven Men From Now’ (1956)
Director Budd Boetticher made a series of gritty, dark westerns with star Randolph Scott that, like Anthony Mann’s work with James Stewart, belies the convention that 1950s westerns were simple black-hat-white-hat morality plays. 48. Lee’s elegant direction and Ledger’s laconic performance all but dare viewers to find a reason to consider these two cowboys less than manly just because of who they love. It’s the archetypal movie about a retired gunslinger (Alan Ladd) who wants nothing more than to be a farmhand for homesteader Van Heflin, his wife (Jean Arthur), and their impressionable boy (Brandon de Wilde). 2. ‘Brokeback Mountain’ (2005)Western notions of masculinity are re-examined in Ang Lee’s stately tearjerker about a ranch hand (Heath Ledger) and a rodeo rider (Jake Gyllenhaal) who fall in love. For all the movie’s daring humor (the bean scene!) and racial commentary (Richard Pryor co-wrote the script), it also works as a classic western, one that borrows plot elements from “Rio Bravo” and “Destry Rides Again,” with shout-outs to “High Noon,” “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” and Randolph Scott. Robert Altman’s countercultural parable, complete with a mournful Leonard Cohen soundtrack, doesn’t look like any other western, thanks to the snowbound visuals, gorgeously photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond. He plays a chameleon who stumbles into a dry desert town populated by anthropomorphic critters, and he’s enlisted to drive off some predatory outlaws. Here, Scott is a lawman who leaves a bloody trail of revenge on his search for the robbers who killed his wife. Dustin Hoffman plays Jack Crabb, a 121-year-old white man who recalls a youth spent living among the Sioux and becoming the only white man to survive Custer’s Last Stand. Lending the whole enterprise some gravitas is a cast of fellow old-timers — Morgan Freeman as Eastwood’s old partner in crime, Richard Harris as an arrogant English-born gunslinger, and an Oscar-winning Gene Hackman as a town sheriff who doesn’t mind resorting to violence to keep the peace. His death scene — wordless, drawn out, and scored to Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” — is one of the most haunting and tragic in any western. But the real trick in the script by Carl Foreman, himself a victim of the Hollywood blacklist, is that it can be read as either an anti-communist allegory or an anti McCarthyist allegory. Ford turns the story into an unforgettable drama of loyalty and regret. ‘The Outlaw Josey Wales’ (1976)
One of Clint Eastwood’s favorites among hiss own films is this saga of a farmer and Confederate soldier on a long odyssey of revenge against the Union fighters who killed his family, a quest that continues well after the Civil War has already ended. 54. The final shot alone, with Wayne framed in the doorway of a home he feels banished from, has been stolen countless times by Ford’s admirers. 27. He straps on guns again to chase a bounty on a couple of cowboys who disfigured a prostitute. Fred Zinnemann’s meticulous direction allows the film to unfold in real time. Like the two movies that followed (“She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” and “Rio Grande”), its a fascinating study in styles of leadership and management, as well as a crackling adventure. ‘One-Eyed Jacks’ (1961)
The only movie Marlon Brando ever directed is a gritty, Freudian, dreamlike gloss on the Pat Garrett/Billy the Kid legend. Today, it’s just a poetic and terribly sad western with top performances by James Coburn (as Garrett), Kris Kristofferson (as Billy), and Slim Pickens as an aging gunfighter. ‘The Ox-Bow Incident’ (1943)
Henry Fonda stars in this stark, compact (just 75 minutes) morality tale about mob justice, playing a cowboy who stumbles onto a lynch mob bent on killing three men who may not actually be guilty. Like many later revisionist westerns, including several of Peckinpah’s own films, this one bears the sense of loss of an old order defined by rules, giving way to a new cruelty where anything goes. Even the viewer is implicated; you’ll get the cathartic, climactic bloodshed you crave — but you’ll feel squeamish for wanting it and enjoying it. The plot, in which Eastwood’s gunslinger exploits the blood feud between two powerful families for his own ends, comes from Akira Kurosawa’s “Yojimbo.” In his first film as the iconic, poncho-clad, cigarillo-smoking Man With No Name, Eastwood has already perfected the squint and the soft-spoken delivery that will carry him through the rest of his long and celebrated career. 18. 36. John Huston directed his father Walter to a Supporting Actor Oscar as the old prospector who should have known better. ‘The Long Riders’ (1980)The gimmick in Walter Hill’s account of the James-Younger gang is that all the characters who were brothers are played by real-life brothers. Playing an old gunslinger dying of cancer, and feeling out of place in the 20th century (it’s 1901), he tries to live out his last days in peace and even courts a pretty widow (Lauren Bacall) whose teenage son (Ron Howard) idolizes the old man. 37. Comedy, music, and all the action you could want. ‘The Great Train Robbery’ (1903)
Edwin S. The movie’s final bloodbath, choreographed like a ballet as bullets tear bodies apart in slow motion and send blood flying, is Peckinpah’s signature moment as a director, his grand statement on change in the old West, and a sequence that has been the template for the presentation of movie violence for nearly half a century now. ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ (1968)After his “Dollars” trilogy, Sergio Leone brought his spaghetti-western sensibility to Hollywood, with striking results. 8. But nobody in the film is all that good; Eastwood’s Man With No Name may be a little more honorable than the others, but that’s all. Bale, Crowe, and Mangold turn this simple obstacle course into something epic. ‘The Shootist’ (1976)
John Wayne gets a fitting sendoff in his last movie. 24. 19. Rodriguez had a bigger budget and bigger stars (Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek) in the two sequels (“Desperado” and “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”), but this one is still the most fun. Eastwood plays a reformed outlaw, failing at supporting his family through honest work. 47. It’s a sad, sweeping story — but not without its thrills, like the stirring buffalo hunt sequence. 23. By the time the film’s over, you’ll be echoing de Wilde’s admiring child, begging Shane to come back. 56. Accompanied by a grumbling Indian named Nobody (Gary Farmer), the slowly dying man travels further west, on a quest for spiritual release, through increasingly violent country, until he becomes the bloody desperado everyone thinks he is. This first collaboration is the best. But Shane is forced back into action to defend his adopted family against evil (in the form of hired gun Jack Palance). Josh Brolin is the Texan who stumbles onto a fortune, Javier Bardem (who also won an Oscar) is the implacable desperado who tracks him down, and Tommy Lee Jones is the lawman overwhelmed by evil he can’t comprehend. It’s an intense story of survival that happens to note the marginalized role of women in the patriarchal Old West. ‘No Country for Old Men’ (2007)It takes place in the recent past, but the Coen brothers’ Best Picture-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel qualifies as a modern-day western. 14. Michael Biehn and Powers Boothe are fine villains, Kurt Russell makes a surprisingly good Wyatt Earp, Sam Elliott should be in every western, and Val Kilmer gives the performance of his career as Doc Holliday, a rogue who can get away with anything because he has nothing left to lose. Any western that can find room to cast John Cleese, Linda Hunt, and Jeff Goldblum is, by definition, going to be pretty fascinating. (Wayne, who died in 1979, was born May 26, 1907, while Eastwood turns 85 on May 31). Joan Crawford is the saloon-keeper with a past, and Mercedes McCambridge is the bitter local who bears a murderous grudge against her. 16. ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’ (2007)
This unjustly overlooked recent western takes a modern look at the Jesse James legend. 49. ‘Fort Apache’ (1948)
The first film in John Ford’s cavalry trilogy features John Wayne and Henry Fonda clashing as commanders of a garrison under siege. 43. Brando stars as a young outlaw, whose much older partner (frequent Brando co-star Karl Malden) has abandoned and betrayed him and gone straight. But Wayne’s allies here are few and unlikely — a drunk (Dean Martin), a frail oldtimer (Walter Brennan), and a cocky kid (Ricky Nelson). 57. He tries to bust a pal out of jail, but when the friend won’t leave, he breaks out himself on a doomed, existential quest for a kind of freedom that’s no longer possible in the New West. ‘Unforgiven’ (1992)Clint Eastwood’s Best Picture winner is also his farewell to the genre that made him famous. Dino even gets to croon a couple tunes. 34. The film made McQueen a movie star and embedded Elmer Bernstein’s rousing theme music in everyone’s DNA; even if you haven’t seen the film, you know the melody. ‘My Darling Clementine’ (1946)John Ford’s climactic staging of the shootout at the O.K. 9. ‘The Magnificent Seven’ (1960)John Sturges’ wildly successful transposition of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” to a western setting stars Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson as mercenaries who agree to defend a Mexican town from a bandit (Eli Wallach) and his gang. 10. ‘Lonesome Dove’ (1988)
Yes, it was a TV mini-series, not a theatrical film, but it was so good that it deserves a place on this list. Still, this is as satisfying as any western ever made. Of course, nothing is ever that easy. ‘Winchester ’73’ (1950)
Anthony Mann made several westerns in the 1950s that revealed a darker, more violent side of James Stewart that must have shocked fans of his aw-shucks persona. ‘Rio Bravo’ (1959)Howard Hawks and John Wayne felt that “High Noon” merited a response, a story where at least some townsfolk are brave enough come to the marshal’s aid when outlaws threaten the town. Shot in deliberately grainy black-and-white, with a jangly score by Neil Young, it’s a black-comic journey into the heart of darkness. ‘True Grit’ (2010)
With all due respect to the 1969 original that won John Wayne his only Oscar, the recent Coen brothers remake starring Jeff Bridges as grizzled, one-eyed bounty hunter Rooster Cogburn is the richer film. ‘Lonely Are the Brave’ (1962)
Kirk Douglas’ favorites among his own movies. 52. ‘Way Out West’ (1937)
In one of the earliest western spoofs, Laurel and Hardy are tasked with delivering a mine deed to an heiress, a task they screw up epically and hilariously. The director himself plays the messianic title character, a mystical gunslinger who seems to anticipate the characters Clint Eastwood will play in “High Plains Drifter” and “Pale Rider.” Imagine a Sergio Leone spaghetti western with the circus atmosphere of a Fellini movie, the surrealism of a Bunuel or David Lynch picture, and the transgressive outrage of an early John Waters movie, and you’ll have an idea of what Jodorowsky accomplished here. Brad Pitt plays the outlaw as a man painfully self-conscious about his own fame. 21. Larry McMurtry’s tale of two Texas Rangers (Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones) leading a 2,500-mile cattle drive is a classic tale of friendship, adventure, and loss. ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ (1962)
One of John Ford’s final westerns takes a look at the mythmaking he and other western storytellers had been practicing all these years. 20. Porter’s pioneering film is one of the very first westerns. Tarantino meant the tale as a corrective to “Birth of a Nation” and a century of cinema that failed to depict American slavery as the absolute horror it was. ‘Dead Man’ (1995)
Jim Jarmusch’s unique western is a surreal nightmare. You can read it as an anti-Vietnam War allegory, or just as a colorful story that upends everything you thought you knew about the Old West. But he can’t escape his reputation and is sought out by enemies and young gunslingers trying to make a name for themselves by challenging him. (It’s also more faithful to Charles Portis’ novel.) By rights, Bridges should own the movie, but he shares it with Matt Damon’s peevish young Texas ranger and all but gives it away to Hailee Steinfeld, as the revenge-driven teen who hires Cogburn to track her father’s killer. ‘Meek’s Cutoff’ (2010)Indie filmmaker Kelly Reichardt and her frequent leading lady, Michelle Williams, are the talents behind this sparse, docudrama about an 1845 wagon train whose Oregon Trail journey goes horribly awry. ‘Shane’ (1953)George Stevens’ majestic western looks like a cliche today, but only because it launched so many of them. ‘High Plains Drifter’ (1973)
Clint Eastwood’s darkest role finds him playing another man with no name (or maybe the same one as before) who offers his protection services to a town awaiting an outlaw onslaught. Besides being an indisputably great movie, it’s also an incalculably influential one, a film that hints at the revisionist westerns to come and that served as a one-movie film school for directors like Coppola, Scorsese, and Spielberg. 30. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ (1966)In the final movie of Sergio Leone’s “Dollars” trilogy, the title refers to the characters played by Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach, respectively. ‘The Searchers’ (1956)Anyone who thinks John Wayne played the same, simple, white-hatted hero in every film needs to see this movie that demonstrates not just his range as an actor but also how willing he was to make himself unlikable. ‘Stagecoach’ (1939)Here’s the movie that made John Wayne a star and John Ford the king of all western directors. The tense, climatic gunfight — depicting cowboys as real people who miss and sometimes fumble with their guns — is a high point, as are Costner’s understated direction and performance. ‘Silverado’ (1985)The western had been essentially dormant as a genre for a decade when Lawrence Kasdan tried to revive it with this deliberate throwback to the classics. Ennio Morricone adds to the agonizingly ominous atmosphere with the most iconic instrumental score in western movie history. ‘Open Range’ (2003)
Best known for its sweeping anamorphic vistas and very grounded approach to shootouts, Kevin Costner both directs and stars in this underrated Western about two cattleman (Costner and Robert Duvall) who find both trouble and purpose when they cross paths with a ruthless land baron (a sinister Michael Gambon). 28. 15. 42. 25. But his security comes at a price that’s more than the town bargained for. 4. ‘High Noon’ (1952)
Gary Cooper won an Oscar as the marshal who tries and fails to recruit locals to help him defend the town against outlaws who are due to arrive on the midday train. It ends with the famous, influential, still-shocking shot of a gunman aiming his pistol right at the viewer and opening fire. He’s a modern-day cowboy and drifter, one who’s not at home with the rules, technology, or enclosed spaces of the 20th century. ‘Dances With Wolves’ (1990)
Kevin Costner won Best Picture and Best Director for his revisionist epic, in which he plays an army lieutenant who comes to respect a tribe of plains Indians so much that he goes native and tries to protect them from his former comrades. 11. Anjelica Huston, Diane Lane, and Danny Glover round out an all-star cast. Is he an angel, a demon, or just a man with a vindictive sense of humor? Even though her longing for vengeance costs her a lifetime of pain, she demonstrates as much true grit as anyone in the movie. Probing a 40-year-old murder mystery that involved his father, while also rekindling a romance with an old sweetheart (Elizabeth Pena), he finds out more than he wanted to know about the truth behind his father’s legend. Corral gunfight, but it’s the most sheerly entertaining, thanks largely to smart casting. (Dylan also made his acting debut in the film.)
41. Seen today, stripped of its politics, it’s just a terrifically suspenseful thriller and a statement against the dangers of conformity. 50. One of the finer examples of this familiar plot. ‘Tombstone’ (1993)
This isn’t the most accurate account of the O.K. ‘McCabe and Mrs. 29. In this epic about a beautiful widow (Claudia Cardinale) trying to hold out against ruthless railroad barons, Henry Fonda plays against type as a cold-blooded killer, while Charles Bronson has a starmaking performance as a mysterious, harmonica-playing hero. ‘The Big Country’ (1958)
Gregory Peck stars in this sweeping saga as a tenderfoot from Maryland who becomes embroiled in a feud between two powerful ranching families. 1. The movie that precedes that moment is mostly hogwash, but it’s well-made hogwash, with Henry Fonda playing Wyatt Earp as the reluctant gunfighter forced to strap on his holster once again, and a shockingly frail Victor Mature as a dying Doc Holliday. No one comes out of this situation unscathed; the violence leaves everyone either dead or damned. ‘Lone Star’ (1996)In John Sayles’ modern-day western, Chris Cooper is a Texas border-town sheriff laboring under the shadow of his late, legendary lawman father (played in flashback by Matthew McConaughey). corral is reportedly very accurate. ‘The Gunfighter’ (1950)
Gregory Peck is Jimmy Ringo, a fast-draw artist who tries to settle down and enjoy a peaceful life. ‘Red River’ (1948)
John Wayne offers a shockingly intense portrayal of obsession as a cowboy leading a lengthy cattle drive through dangerous territory. As in any Hawks movie, the emphasis is as much on male bonding as it is on adventure. It’s a film whose stature has only grown with time. 51. 6. But, of course, his past catches up to him — giving Wayne a chance to go out in a blaze of glory. 46. The three men compete over a stash of gold, leading to the epic three-way standoff at the film’s climax. It’s an unflinching look at the true costs of the violence usually valorized in westerns — and indeed, throughout American culture. James Stewart is the city-slicker senator who made his reputation with the killing of the title outlaw (a scary Lee Marvin), and John Wayne is a typical Wayne man of action, one whose ease with violence helps create a civilized society that has no place for a man like himself. Charlton Heston co-stars as a rowdy ranch hand and romantic rival (they both love Carroll Baker), and it’s a treat to watch these two masters of the clenched-jaw school of Hollywood movie acting confront each other. 33. It’s also a gorgeously shot film, with Oscar-winning cinematography. As a man who spends years on an obsessive quest to find a niece (Natalie Wood) kidnapped by Comanches, he’s an unredeemable racist, one who seems as apt to kill the girl for going native as to bring her safely home. Funny, nasty, and bleak. 32. It’s the “Out of the Past” of westerns. Ford makes his first great use here of the majestic scenery of his beloved Monument Valley, and stuntman Yakima Canutt stages some of the most hair-raising stunt work and chase shots in film history. ‘Rango’ (2011)Johnny Depp stars in this clever animated western spoof. ‘Ride the High Country’ (1962)
Sam Peckinpah’s first masterpiece, and Randolph Scott’s swan song, is this elegiac western about two aging gunslingers (Scott and Joel McCrea) who have a falling out over the opportunity for one last big score. Stewart plays a man bent on avenging his father’s death, who tracks a stolen rifle through several owners on his way to finding the killer. ‘3:10 to Yuma’ (2007)
James Mangold’s remake of the old Glenn Ford-Van Heflin western is actually better than the original. Marlene Dietrich (in the performance that Madeline Kahn spoofs in “Blazing Saddles”) is the saloon singer who catches his eye. Kudos to whoever groomed the luxuriant mustaches; they’re some of the best facial hair in any movie ever. ‘Jeremiah Johnson’ (1972)
Sydney Pollack’s based-in-fact drama stars Robert Redford as a fur trapper in the Rockies. 26. As a birthday present to Hollywood’s biggest heroes of the Wild West, here are the top 57 westerns you need to see. 13. But since it’s Tarantino, it’s also a headlong rush of violent adventure. The scenery is stunning; it’s no wonder Redford fell in love with Utah. ‘Blazing Saddles’ (1974)
Mel Brooks’ spoof remains the best western comedy of all time. In his starmaking role, Montgomery Clift is his adopted son, who rebels against Wayne’s martinet ways. 3. ‘Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid’ (1973)
Sam Peckinpah’s take on the notorious outlaw’s pursuit by his former friend was a countercultural allegory back then. ‘The Wild Bunch’ (1969)Sam Peckinpah’s most notorious and influential revisionist western is this one, about a group of tough-guy aging outlaws (including William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Warren Oates, and Ben Johnson), feeling out of place in the newly-civilized West, who head to Mexico for one last adventure. 39. ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ (1949)
John Ford’s second movie in his Cavalry trilogy (and the only one of the three that’s in glorious Technicolor) stars John Wayne as a retiring commander who takes on one last mission, escorting two women to safety while trying to forestall an Indian uprising. Nominated for a Best Picture Oscar, the film was an inspiration for Fonda’s later classic, the jury room drama “12 Angry Men.”
35. After all, these two all-American actors’ careers span the history of that most American of movie genres, the western. A disparate quartet of cowboys, including Kevin Kline and an unusually animated Kevin Costner unite against a corrupt sheriff (Brian Dennehy). ‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964)Here’s the movie that changed westerns forever. 7. Wayne’s a young gunslinger eager to prove himself, and one of several passengers from diverse walks of life on a stagecoach traveling through hostile Apache territory.
“The conflicts that have been building the past six years are upon them and those facts give them a sense of urgency that makes [the characters] move faster.”Check out brand-new photos from “Game of Thrones” season 7, which premieres July 16 on HBO. What?!'” Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) said of reading season 7 scripts. “This season is really different than any other season because it’s accelerating toward the end, a lot of stuff collides and happens much much quicker than you’re used to seeing on ‘Thrones’ … Posted May 23, 2017 by Kelly WooDon’t blink while watching “Game of Thrones” season 7 — you might miss something! it’s so different than what everybody is used to. The drama is seriously ramping up the pace of the action, as writers and cast members told Entertainment Weekly.”I’m like, ‘Already? “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … “I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” he continued. It’s quite exciting.”And the breakneck speed isn’t due to the shorter season length, which is seven episodes rather than the usual 10.”Things are moving faster because in the world of these characters the war that they’ve been waiting for is upon them,” showrunner Dan Weiss said. a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”
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Memorial Day is no different. And Meryl Streep was, like, in the front row while I was performing. I’m on Oahu now, and I’m in my room, and after this, I will actually be prepping for my math exam, my trigonometry exam, so I don’t have much time to go to Disneyland. Tell me what you’re thinking as you prepare to sing the National Anthem.Auli’I Cravalho: It is a challenging song. So I’m just so happy with what I’ve been a part of.That’s why I wanted to act, because I get to tell these stories, so yes, more stories inspired by Polynesia, and more stories in general that speak of real people, I’m excited to be a part of.You’re definitely going to be telling more stories because you got a nice good news this week with the pickup of “Rise.” Yes!Tell me why that project felt right for you, and what you’re going to be doing on the show. I have grown up on an island all my life. This will be the first.I’m sure she was an appreciative audience! It was an interesting and unusual evening all around. Needless to say, my mom had to buy me the slice of pizza because I couldn’t finish the song. Everyone knows the song, except no one really knows it. All of these amazing performances have helped me developed in new ways that I never thought possible, and I will tell you that I am nervous for Memorial Day, even now, but I will persevere, and I will get through it.Each event has taught me so much about myself, and about how to conquer my nerves, and each one has its own significance. There’s a lot of emotion that needs to be portrayed. I will never, ever forget that performance. I get all of those things. I have grown up in Hawaii all my life, and the fact that “Moana” is a Polynesian influence, that was incredible for me. I fell in love with “Rise” the first time that I read the script. There will be a lot more people to perform to for Memorial Day.With that said, did you get to meet anybody throughout the course of the night that was special to you that was kind of a pinch-me-I’m-dreaming sort of moment?I got to meet Katy Perry. This is kind of the first of its kind where we’ve seen a Polynesian heroine that’s strong, that is empowered, that’s empowering to those who watch it.I think that really spanned across so many people, which is why so many people have loved it for its music, for Lin-Manuel Miranda and Mark Mancina and Opetaia [Foa’i] and the music team, as well as the characters themselves, how they’re relatable, and the storyline as well: figuring out what you want to do, and listening to that quiet voice, and pursuing it as well.It’s been amazing coming home and getting hugs and leis from my family members who are so proud of the film and proud of me. What has the experience has been like, getting these really high-profile gigs?Each one of them never ceases to give me butterflies or crazy nerves. So I’m so grateful.Do you hope that as you continue in different acting roles that you get the opportunity to tell more stories about people in the Polynesian culture, whether they be traditional stories like “Moana,” or contemporary stories about people today?I think the reason I want to be an actress is because I get to be a part of that storytelling process. So there’s a lot of elements that I’m really proud of.Have you had a chance to go to Disneyland or Disney World since the world discovered “Moana”?No, no I haven’t actually. So she doesn’t really count. I know that there will be a lot of flags at Memorial Day, so I’m preparing myself for that as well.I was so thrilled. There’s nothing that I wanted more than to have my family members, and to have my island, and my island family really proud of me. It’s written by an incredible staff who want to tell a story that’s true. I haven’t even been able to spend very much time home. The stories that wouldn’t usually be heard. My mom is a member of the public, but she’s the only person I’ve ever sung it for. I will never forget that performance! Thank you for bringing back that memory for me, Scott!Tell me about your experience singing at the Oscars. For the days after the performance, I really couldn’t forget it because whenever I would lay down, the back of my head was throbbing because I had a lump from the guy who decided to hit me on the back of the head with a pole. I know that I am making my family proud, so I’m just thrilled.Do you remember the very first song that you performed in front of a decent-sized audience?I don’t even remember the name of the song. So that’s why it felt so important to me. It’s about a working class town, and my character comes from a single parent home. It’s been so amazing for me. Believe me, I get it!The fact is that “Rise” isn’t a picture perfect show either. Like I was saying, I’m just so proud to be a part of “Rise,” because it tells a story of real people, as well as “Moana.” “Moana” was about a young teenager figuring out who she was. I haven’t met her yet, but I heard that she’s wonderful, and I’m excited for the day that we meet. I remember seeing so many celebrities in the crowd, and realizing that, you know what, yes, they’re amazing, but they’re all people. I’ve never been to Disney World. Capitol on Sunday to join in the annual televised Memorial Day celebration honoring the service and sacrifices of America’s military and their families, where she’ll make her first public performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”As she prepped for tackling one of the most enduring — and notoriously challenging — songs in American history, Cravahlo joined Moviefone to chat about what the opportunity means to her, her upcoming TV series “Rise,” memories of that crazy Oscar night and getting through her math exams in the middle of it all.Moviefone: This is a very specifically challenging song for any singer to undertake. Whew! You got rave reviews for your performance. It’s like “Red is the color of an apple, orange is the color of an orange …” [NOTE: “The Rainbow Song,” from “Barney & Friends”] Like, that one.I’m pretty sure I stopped at yellow, because I had stage fright, and I was in a local pizza joint, because they said, if there was a rainbow, and you sang the song, you get a free slice of pizza. Even though I have been miles and miles away from our capital, I have never once doubted how important, and how honored, and how privileged I am to be an American citizen. Just the normal things that high schoolers go through. So I’m going to give my performance as if there’s no one in the audience, because the only person in the audience that’s really, truly special, besides Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dwayne Johnson, is my mom. What was that experience like for you?That was incredible. If I didn’t have a better control over my stomach, I could have, like, legitimately projectile vomited on her — but I didn’t. You’ve been getting more and more experience singing in front of larger and larger audiences, both in front of you, and via television. I get going to high school, and trying to be popular, and yet be true to yourself. I auditioned for it, and I don’t audition for many because I don’t really know how to do auditions, if I’m honest. Besides the emotion, there’s also some crazy pitches in there that you’ve also got to nail. I saw Adrien Brody from a distance. I’m 16. Posted May 23, 2017 by Scott HuverHow far will “Moana” star Auli’i Cravalho go?After giving voice to an instant animated icon, singing for an audience of movie stars and millions of viewers at the Academy Awards, grabbing a role on a new TV show and now performing the National Anthem at PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert on May 28, a safe bet would be pretty far: she’s still only 16 years old.The Hawaiian-born singer and actress heads to the West Lawn of the U.S. So I was really excited for “Rise” because it felt so real.It’s inspired by the book “Drama High” by Michael Sokolove. Tell me what that experience, being a part of this immediate sort of global family that loved that movie, has been like for you. To be able to sing the National Anthem at our nation’s capitol, at 16 years of age, I could not be more honored. There’s no doubt about it. So I’m working very hard on it, and my heart’s in the right place, and I’m excited to perform.Have you ever performed it publicly before?No, I have not. But I do believe that was the first song I ever sang in public. Hopefully, Moana will be able to see the Moana in the park! But she was close enough to do that.”Moana” has been embraced by so many people, and you’ve been out in lots of situations where you’ve gotten to meet fans. So it’s going to be an amazing event, there’s no doubt about it.What does it mean to you to be able to honor those who have served the country, and to have an opportunity to creatively express your own sense of patriotism?It means so, so much. So technically, I was just performing the Oscars for my mom. I have had so many family members who have served, and are currently serving as well. I also get to perform on there, and sing my little heart out. There’s a lot behind it.