NBC has decided to expand the sitcom’s order, pushing the episode count from 10 to 12, Deadline reports.When “Will & Grace” returns, it will bring its ninth season, after more than a decade off the air. Now, we’ll get to see how the gang adapts to the new reality, plus we’ll find out what else is going on in their lives.The expanded order gives us two more reasons to be excited.[via: Deadline] Posted April 6, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongNBC has realized that a 10-episode “Will & Grace” revival just isn’t enough.The network is giving fans what they want: more. (The sitcom’s original run began in 1998 and lasted until 2006.) The revival will reunite us with Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Karen (Megan Mullally), and Jack (Sean Hayes), now 10 years older and maybe even wiser.The stars aren’t the only alums to participate in the revival, either. The trio are executive producing as well.By going for more episodes, NBC is capitalizing on fan excitement. Calls for a revival caught the network’s attention in the fall after the Mutchnick got the sitcom’s stars to reprise their roles for a mini-episode with a not-so-subtle political message. Series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are back on board, along with director James Burrows, yet another “Will & Grace” vet.
It looks like 2067 will be worth the wait.”Girls” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO — until its April 16 series finale, at least. In fact, they’ve co-opted the name “The Golden Girls” and some of the iconic sitcom’s fun for a “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” sketch.In the video, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, and Andy Rannells play their “Girls” characters as senior citizens. It’s the year 2067, and to be honest, not much has changed. Yes, the girls look older, but Hannah still writes and gets naked whenever she can, Marnie agonizes over her love life, Jessa smokes too much, and Shoshanna says “literally” in just about every sentence.The video only gets more entertaining when Jessa orders a stripper, leading to a big surprise. As you can imagine, it’s pretty darn golden. Posted April 6, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongDry your eyes, “Girls” fans: 2067 is going to be your year.The HBO series may only have two episodes left, but the cast gave us a taste of what a “Girls” reunion could one day look like.
“It certainly looked like he was still a Savior. He should have a major role to play in the All Out War ahead.”The Walking Dead” Season 8 premieres in October on AMC.Want more stuff like this? Gimple’s answer gave a hint on the timeline of Maggie’s pregnancy.As Maggie gets closer to giving birth, it’s “certainly possible,” Gimple said, that Steven Yeun might return for some new flashbacks or a vision, etc. right when things were finally getting started. “[Maggie] might not be that close. Carson is at the Sanctuary, so it’s possible she could be in for a birth as traumatic as Lori’s delivery of Judith. He’s already trying to play both sides, and that’s what we’re hoping to see more of in Season 8. Will we get to see the birth on screen, whether it’s in Season 8 or Season 9, or will they time-jump that part and just show us the baby? Negan suspects Eugene, but Mullet Man tried to cover and say she died from lack of air. change him? GLEGGIEA fan asked if we’d see Glenn again, since we just saw Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) in a flashback after he died, and Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) also returned after death. Or is he forever Negan?”The Season 7 finale ended with Eugene standing behind Negan as the boss said, “We are going to war.” But that was right after a tense conversation between the two on those pills Sasha used to kill herself. Eugene can make bullets, so he’s too valuable to just kill off, but Negan also can’t afford to let him defect back to Alexandria. Gimple told TVLine, that’s “a hint to what the story is” in Season 8. Gimple, one on both Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan), and the other on Eugene (Josh McDermitt). “I’d be silly to say it isn’t.” But fans expecting a Spirit Glenn return around the birth of his child may want to grab a snack for the wait. But is that going to haunt him… TVLine got some mini Season 8 spoilers from showrunner Scott M. Like us on Facebook. Hey, remember who got that baby out?EUGENE = NEGAN?The other tease has to do with what Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) said to Eugene, shortly before she gave her life to try and take out Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan): That she wasn’t giving up on him. Season 8 will start shooting pretty soon, so it’s not too early to get scoop on what’s ahead. Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Walking Dead” Season 7 just ended … Things have been moving pretty quickly, but not a lot of time has passed.”So while there might be a time jump after Season 8, we shouldn’t expect one going into Season 8, and Maggie is still pretty early in her pregnancy. Maggie still doesn’t have a doctor, now that Dr.
Others are weirded out by the familial connection that Jackson’s stepdad is Maggie’s biological dad. But, as TVLine noted, before Mama Diane Pierce (LaTanya Richardson Jackson) died, she told Maggie that she should “make a mistake” and get “a little slutty.” Actress Kelly McCreary also told TVLine that the guys at Grey Sloan are mostly “in these sort of ambiguous relationships” so getting involved with any of them “might give Maggie something to be messy about.”Put those together and add in the photos for tonight’s (April 6) episode, “What’s Inside,” which show Maggie and Jackson Avery (Jesse Williams) side-by-side.It looks like he’s giving her work documents, but the idea of Jackson and Maggie getting together — even as Jackson seems to be reconnecting with April Kepner (Sarah Drew) — does seem like such a messy “Grey’s” thing to do.TVLine put it out there, and fans are responding in comments. Some fans just don’t like April, and are in favor of Anyone But Her with Jackson. Other fans don’t want to see Japril split up. She just lost her mother, which certainly makes her unrequited crush on Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) seem insignificant. As usual, the responses are mixed. Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneJapril fans, look away.”Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 has been rough for Maggie Pierce (Kelly McCreary) on a personal level. Like us on Facebook. And still others just don’t like the idea of Maggie getting stuck in another love triangle after the awkward situation with Meredith and Riggs (who will soon have an in-flight episode of their own).Whatever does or does not happen with Jackson and Maggie, here’s ABC’s synopsis for “What’s Inside”:”When Maggie takes on a big case, many of the doctors are worried she’s not the right one for the job while Stephanie makes a mistake, treating one of Grey Sloan’s own.” That airs Thursday, April 6 (tonight) at 8 p.m.Want more stuff like this?
Perfection.Today, the Internet blessed us with a special “Bad Lip Reading” of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” featuring Mark Hamill himself as Han Solo. Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneThere’s no Force in the galaxy that can stop you from laughing out loud, so many times, as you watch this “Bad Lip Reading.” Just Kylo Ren and his “funky breath” alone. Poop on a stick?”• “Listen, baby, you know I need that puppet bird.”• “They’ve got a sick blouse — on sale.”It’s hard to pick a favorite part, but the section from 2:50 to 3:25 might be the best — from Chewie’s “huuuhhh?” to “Happy birthday, Bill.”You know who probably would’ve loved the whole absurd thing? A zoo? A sassy vagrant? Like us on Facebook. Yeah, Harrison Ford plays the character on screen — and Hamill’s Luke Skywalker doesn’t even have any lines in this movie — but Hamill is a renowned voice actor, and it’s just so wonderfully meta to have him join a BLR.Here it is:• “A pickle? Six kittens in a bag of water?! Carrie Fisher.Want more stuff like this?
It was expected to do quite a bit better than that in its opening weekend, and Deadline quoted film finance experts who estimate it will lose at least $60 million overall.That’s based on a worldwide box office projection of around $200 million ($50M domestic and the rest international), and combined print/advertising/production costs of more than $250 million.The loss could be a lot more if the production cost was under-reported. “Ghost in the Shell” cost around $110 million to make, and it has only made about $62 million so far, worldwide. Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneNot to pile on, but this might be even sadder than Shia LaBeouf’s $26 at the U.K. Like us on Facebook. box office. As Deadline put it:”Some sources even assert that the production cost for Ghost is far north of $110M and more in the $180M range — if that’s the case, Ghost is bleeding in excess of $100M.”This could be the end for any hopes from Paramount/DreamWorks to create a franchise based on the manga source material.We’ve already gone through several reasons why fans just didn’t turn out for Scarlett Johansson’s Major, so hopefully Hollywood and the studios don’t take the wrong lessons from this — although they’ll probably do whatever they can to point the blame elsewhere.Want more stuff like this?
All of that helps sell the adorable video he made in an effort to get Emma Stone to be his prom date.The teen got several Arcadia High School classmates, and his film teacher, to help make the YouTube video, titled “Emma Stone, Prom?”Here’s the description from Staudenmaier:”I decided to ask Emma Stone to prom by recreating the opening scene from La La Land, her most recent movie. Like us on Facebook. As Entertainment Weekly noted, recent Best Actress winner Emma Stone is an Arizona native, from Scottsdale. Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneHey girl, the correct answer is “yes.”Jacob Staudenmaier, 17, of Phoenix not only looks more like Ryan Gosling than the actor’s creepy wax figure — and the star’s German impersonator — he sounds a bit like the “La La Land” lad, too. So on top of appreciating the teen’s creativity, humor, and slight resemblance to The Gos, she may be tempted to say “yes” just ’cause he’s local.He sings that prom is April 29, so she doesn’t have a long time to respond.Want more stuff like this? Especially my friend Alli Gooch who did the camera work and Dash McDonald who fixed the coloring for the video. Big thanks to my film teacher too, Eric Luse.”Watch the video:Somewhere, Jim Carrey is kicking himself that his Emma Stone fan video was never this cute.The prom plea was posted April 4 and already has more than 125,000 views. I rewrote the lyrics to the song myself and directed the video and did the choreography too, but thank you so much to all the friends and adults who came out to help make it happen.
Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneNobody puts the original “Dirty Dancing” in a corner, but ABC is putting its TV movie on the dance floor next month. So stoked! My hope is that people who loved the movie are going to be happy with all the things that are iconic with the movie, that they’ll appreciate the things that are new and modernized with this version.””Dirty Dancing” will air over three hours Wednesday, May 24 at 8 p.m. #dirtydancingA post shared by Trevor Einhorn (@treveinhorn) on Apr 5, 2017 at 5:39pm PDTFirst look at Lisa Houseman! Many more pictures to come to celebrate #dirtydancing! #sneakpeek #dirtydancing may24th @abcnetworkA post shared by Abigail Breslin (@abbienormal9) on Apr 5, 2017 at 1:33pm PDTAND just casually dippin’ around a fireplace. The Catskills are alive with music and 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃 #DirtyDancing #TheHousemanFamily #NoonePutsBabyInTheCorner On ABC *MAY 24*A post shared by Debra Messing (@therealdebramessing) on Apr 5, 2017 at 6:33pm PDTNeil and the Houseman’s getting lit AF. “Dirty Dancing” 2017 stars Abigail Breslin (Frances “Baby” Houseman), Sarah Hyland (Baby’s sister, Lisa Houseman), Debra Messing (Mom Marjorie Houseman), Colt Prattes (Johnny Castle), and Trevor Einhorn (Neil Kellerman) recently shared photos on social media to tease the remake.The photos also reveal co-stars Bruce Greenwood (Dad Jake Houseman), Billy Dee Williams (Tito), and Nicole Scherzinger (Penny Rivera).FIRST LOOK pix from the “Dirty Dancing” remake. 📸Repost from @tvguidemagazine. May 24th on ABC @ 8pm! ET on ABC.Want more stuff like this? This takes some liberties. It has the DNA of the original, but you are going to find out what happened to Baby and Johnny after that summer ended. Like us on Facebook. Favorite moment of the film was dancing this number with @abbienormal9. Airing on ABC May 24th!A post shared by Sarah Hyland (@therealsarahhyland) on Apr 5, 2017 at 2:14pm PDTFirst shot from @dirtydancingmovie! As one also does. @abcnetwork @lionsgatetvA post shared by Colt Prattes (@coltprattes) on Mar 31, 2017 at 11:42am PDTcasually dancing around a fireplace, as one does. So there’s some additional surprises in there that are new. #sneakpeek #dirtydancingA post shared by Abigail Breslin (@abbienormal9) on Apr 5, 2017 at 6:48pm PDT
Messing told People fans shouldn’t expect a copy of the 1987 movie:”This isn’t a replica of the original.
It could take less than a season, and they could use the rest of the episodes to tell some of those stories skipped in the comic book’s time jump. It could take all season. That is the last thing TWD can afford.)Here’s what Gimple said about the time jump idea, when asked by THR:”For the people who read the comics, they’re going to be expecting this. (If that’s the case, hopefully it doesn’t slow down the show’s narrative. So we’ve discussed everything.”If they’ve discussed everything, and need to know years in advance, then these answers are not really speculation, they are hints to what has already been set in stone. We need to know these things and being able to know these things years in advance is what helps us make this show possible. We’re doing the book, we do all sorts of variations on it, and then we do things that are inspired by it and then we change things up with a remix. Gimple and comic book writer/exec producer Robert Kirkman, and it sounds like the plan may be for the TV show to fill in the gaps of Kirkman’s story — showing some of the stuff he skipped over with the 2-year time jump. That is definitely in the comic book, although the TV show changed a lot of details, as usual. And thus we might see some of that stuff; it might not be the same sort of jump, or we’ll do that two to five years in real time.I’ve had a general plan for a long time, and invariably when I do that, there are little things that catch and change that plan. And then … What about the major multi-year time jump in the comics, after All Out War ends?The Hollywood Reporter talked to showrunner Scott M. Magna and The Whisperers, right? Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Walking Dead” has done small time jumps before, but nothing on the level of what they could do in the next year if they follow the comic book.*MINOR COMIC BOOK SPOILERS AHEAD*”The Walking Dead” Season 7 just ended with a declaration of All Out War. But I will say there are things that happen in that time jump that are referred to that are super interesting. Season 9?”The Walking Dead” Season 8 will arrive in October.Want more stuff like this? There’s stuff in there that I was reading that I wondered about, and when I wonder about stuff that I like, I like getting into that stuff [on the show]. Like us on Facebook. The outline for Season 8 must already be complete; usually, TWD starts filming its 16-episode seasons at the start of May, so pre-production must be gearing up in Atlanta for Round 8.So they know what they’re going to do, but it is not clear if they plan to finish up All Out War in Season 8. There’s always a “remix” on TV changing the story a bit, but the big picture items tend to stick. We’re definitely going to honor it and do it, but we’re definitely going to have either more of it or possibly do it in a different way.”Kirkman said he and Gimple talk all the time about what they want to cover and how, “because there’s a tremendous amount of budget involved and strategic planning on how to keep the show going. But in general, I think there’s going to be a little bit more content that Robert actually refers to. There may still be a smaller time jump, but Gimple seems interested in following at least some of what happened off-page, rather than having fans just catch up to a vastly changed world all at once. It could take more than a season.
(Maybe this is still part of their “Civil War” — Cap and Iron Man playing chicken over quitting the MCU.)Evans said it would be tough for him to see another actor take over as Captain America, but “the passing of time and the passing of torches is part of the experience. I don’t know who else can touch that.”NO ONE. However they want to proceed after ‘Avengers 4,’ it’s really up to them. There’s a beauty in that departure, even if it can be sad at times. This is probably why RDJ makes insane amounts of money for these roles, topping the highest-paid actor lists whenever he’s leading a Marvel movie: He knows his Iron Man is too unique to replace, and if they want it, they’d better hand over their first borns. I walk away with no regrets and endlessly thankful.”Here’s what he told USA Today about Iron Man:”Downey is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away. I’ve had a great run. These movies find new incarnations and new ways to tell the story. And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark. I am all for it. Never mind Chris Evans and his possible eventual departure as Captain America, Marvel fans may have a bigger problem: The End of Iron Man.Evans is now promoting “Gifted,” which means he’s talking about the Avengers — because, let’s be honest, if you had a chance to ask Cap some questions, you’d probably dig for intel on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, too. It’s also joyful. He recently gave a worrisome interview on being done with Captain America when his contract ends after “Avengers 4.” However, he walked that back in a subsequent interview, and spoke in wistful distant future terms about his exit in a chat with USA Today. Superheroes are reinventable entities, like Batman or even James Bond. Don’t even try. Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneCan we panic now? But during his answer on eventually hanging up the costume, he threw in Robert Downey Jr.’s name as more likely to walk away first. “Gifted” opens this Friday, April 7.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. The MCU may not be over without Iron Man, there are enough other superheroes and villains to follow, but there’s no way anyone else could replace him.”Avengers: Infinity War” is scheduled for release May 4, 2018. Nothing lasts forever.
He wrote that director John McTiernan asked Harrison Ford if he was aware that Paramount was still negotiating with Baldwin to return as Jack Ryan in the sequel.”Ford’s reply, according to John, was ‘F*ck him,'” Baldwin wrote. I asked John if he was sure about all of this and he said yes, he had talked with the famous actor directly who confirmed the story. Ben Affleck played a younger Jack Ryan in “The Sum of All Fears” in 2002, then Chris Pine took the role for “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” in 2014.Here’s how Baldwin relayed what happened on his end (via Business Insider). Ford kept the role in “Clear and Present Danger” in 1994. That quality is an utter lack of sentimentality while transacting deals around a business built on sentimentality.The run of events in 1991 went like this. Usually, I have given a half truth as an answer, something about scheduling conflicts and so forth. Like us on Facebook. Internet heights are only occasionally reliable, but — for the record — the web has Ford at 6’1″ and Baldwin at 6’0. And Harrison Ford was only Jack Ryan for two movies. But the truth is the studio cut my throat. In one section, Baldwin explains his beef with Harrison Ford. Alec Baldwin’s new memoir “Nevertheless” just came out on Tuesday, and all kinds of anecdotes are making the rounds. And Baldwin’s career has bounced back just fine. It took a few rounds before John and I connected.On the phone, John told me that during the period of the previous few months, he had been negotiating to do a film with a very famous movie star who had dropped out of his film days before so that he could go star in the sequels to The Hunt For Red October. So it may be time to pull a “Frozen” and just let it go.[via: CinemaBlend]Want more stuff like this? Posted April 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneSorry, man, but Team Ford on this one. Here’s just part of that:”People often ask me why I never continued in the role of Jack Ryan in the movies based on Tom Clancy’s great novels. Or, more specifically, an executive at the studio named David Kirkpatrick who was, as studio executives are on their way both up and down the ladder, eager to prove he had that special quality that studio executives are eager to display. If Ford did say that, that’s pretty cold. My mother was about to have a double mastectomy. However it played out, it was a long time ago. John further told me that Paramount owed the actor a large sum of money for a greenlit film that fell apart prior to this, and pushing me aside would help to alleviate that debt and put someone with much greater strength at the box office than mine in the role. He alleges he was then pushed out by Harrison Ford (behind Baldwin’s back), who took over for “Patriot Games” in 1992. All of this served to explain why the studio would not close my deal over what I thought were some relatively arbitrary issues surrounding the dates of production…”Read his full essay. And, sorry, but Sean Connery was the real star of “The Hunt for Red October.” It doesn’t sound that unreasonable for a studio to want to put Jack Ryan in the center of the franchise after that, with one of the biggest stars in the world in the role. I had lost my dad in 1983 to lung cancer when he was fifty-five and the idea of being an orphan, technically speaking, at the age of 33 weighed heavily on me. As you might guess, it’s over Jack Ryan.Baldwin played the Tom Clancy character first, in “The Hunt for Red October” in 1990. I had been traveling to Syracuse to see my mother who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Baldwin expanded on the Jack Ryan topic in a long essay for Huffington Post back in 2011. John McTiernan, who directed The Hunt For Red October, called me repeatedly over a period of a few days and that got my attention because John was not someone who did that. But it’s already a second-hand quote in Baldwin’s own telling. I knew it must be something important. And Baldwin stooped lower in retaliation, giving this physical description of Ford when writing about his first meeting with the actor at a benefit:”Ford, in person, is a little man, short, scrawny, and wiry, whose soft voice sounds as if it’s coming from behind a door.”Meow. I sat there mildly stunned because not only was I in an active negotiation with Paramount, but for them to negotiate simultaneously with another actor was against the law.
A novel I’m working on began two and a half years ago as an eighty-four-word list divided into nineteen “items” that became chapters…. In other words, you would never have the following to-do items:
Buy a house
Write my first novel
Build a website
Instead, you would break these enormous projects into the smallest possible components, starting with to-do items such as:
Research real estate agents in my area and create a list of candidates to contact
Visit the library and see what books are available on novel writing for beginners
Visit writers’ websites that I like and make notes on what I want my site to do and look like
Breaking large projects down into small steps (into lists!) makes them less intimidating, and—most importantly—helps you make progress with less anxiety. Related (and nearly a decade ago), I learned about an important productivity method—perhaps the most important I’ve ever learned—and it boils down to this: Never create a to-do item that is actually a project. Instead, use to-dos that are specific action steps. The universe is working serendipitously this week, because Yelizaveta P. Just yesterday, at this site, I featured a post by Cyndy Etler on how list-making can help you manage the overwhelming process of trying to write a memoir, or any story about your life. Renfro just published a piece over at Glimmer Train on the magic of list making. Slowly, each of the nineteen items expanded into its own list, a nesting-doll regression to smaller and smaller units, to scenes and paragraphs and sentences, until each word was in place. As Anne Lamott says, you tackle things “bird by bird.”
Also this month in Glimmer Train:
On Form by Peter Ho Davies
The Secret Lives of Novellas by Daniel Torday
Per usual, the Honest Trailers critique is no-holds-barred; “Tokyo Drift” star Lucas Black probably shouldn’t watch this one.Fans of the franchise, on the other hand, will enjoy the hilarious commentary. There is a “Zoolander” comparison, a reminder of the film’s confusing connection to the other films, and the usual “cars and butts.” The video will remind you of how far the movies have come and how lucky we are the original stars came back to change the fate of the franchise. Posted April 5, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio Long”The Fate of the Furious” shows that the Fast and Furious franchise isn’t slowing down now, but at one time, the action series looked like it was running on empty.Screen Junkies’ latest video in the Honest Trailers series revisits “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” and it brings back memories of the unfortunate time when Paul Walker and Vin Diesel both stepped away from the now hugely popular car flicks.