[The Final Battle] will be thematic for everybody, and Rumple, as a man who is a difficult man to love, will have a very difficult choice to make again.”EW asked Kitsis if everyone will make it out alive, and he replied, “Can’t promise you that.” We’re not expecting everyone to survive “The Final Battle” but we are curious to see how the dust settles in terms of who will be returning in Season 7, and how that mix of old and new characters will play out.Want more stuff like this? Clark/Sneezy, Faustino Di Bauda as Walter/Sleepy, Sara Tomko as Tiger Lily and Olivia Steel Falconer as Violet.”The Final Battle Part 1 &2″ was written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. Gold.Guest starring are Lee Arenberg as Leroy/Grumpy, Raphael Sbarge as Archie/Jiminy Cricket, Beverly Elliott as Granny, Deniz Akdeniz as Aladdin, Peter Marcin as Chief, Giles Matthew as Gideon, Andrew J. “Belle and Rumple are going to be tested,” Kitsis told TVLine. West as Young Man, Alison Fernandez as Little Girl, Ingrid Torrance as Severe Nurse and Jaime Murray as Black Fairy, Karen David as Jasmine, Gabe Khouth as Mr. Like us on Facebook. Part 1 was directed by Steve Pearlman, and Part 2 was directed by Ralph Hemecker.PART 1Here are two more first look photos from Part 1, in addition to the top image of Emma in the mental hospital:PART 2And here are some photos promoting Part 2 (looks like Emma gets back to her old self fairly quickly):Let’s hope Snow keeps that smile on her face. Meanwhile, Snow, Charming, Regina, Zelena and Hook are trapped in a crumbling Fairy Tale Land and desperately try to figure out a way to be reunited with Emma and Henry, on season finale of “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, MAY 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. Posted May 9, 2017 by Gina CarboneReady or not, “The Final Battle” is coming to “Once Upon a Time,” and one of the showrunners warned that not everyone will survive.The Season 6 finale — “The Final Battle” Part 1 and Part 2 — airs Sunday, May 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. But like everything, it comes with a price. Let’s get to it then.Here’s ABC’s press release:THE BLACK FAIRY’S CURSE LANDS OUR HEROES IN FAIRY TALE LAND WITH LITTLE HOPE OF RETURNING HOME, AND EMMA IS IN THE FIGHT OF HER LIFE, ON THE SEASON FINALE OF ABC’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME'”The Final Battle Part 1 & 2″ – Henry awakens to a cursed Storybrooke and discovers Emma has been in the mental hospital, and the Black Fairy is the new mayor. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.”Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Sigh. Kitsis told EW, “I would say the theme of the final two hours is belief.”When asked about Rumple’s role in the finale, he added, “I will say the Final Battle will be thematic for everybody and that Rumple, as a man who is a difficult man to love, I think he will have a very difficult choice to make again.” A fan asked TVLine if a happy ending (or beginning?) is in store for Rumbelle. on ABC. It sounds like the curse is going to do some serious damage to Storybrooke, at least in Part 1, separating our favorites in the last episode when they’ll all be together, before whatever happens in the reboot of Season 7. “Everything that they ever wanted is going to be very temptingly close for Rumple. Henry attempts to help Emma regain her memory while Gold tries to find out what has really happened to Belle. It’s a good sign.Showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz answered a few questions on the finale to TVLine and Entertainment Weekly. The network just released a full synopsis and guest star details for the finale, plus photos promoting both parts of the finale.
record holder for a PG movie, Disney/Pixar’s “Finding Dory,” earned $486.3 million domestically, and $1.03 billion globally.However, Variety noted that “Beauty” has yet to pass “Frozen” at the worldwide box office. Posted May 9, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Beauty and the Beast” just keeps swimming at the box office, and it just swam past the PG-rated record set by “Finding Dory.”So far, Emma Watson’s Disney darling has made $488 million at the domestic box office, and $1.19 billion worldwide. For the record, “The Lion King” is the top grossing G-rated movie at the domestic box office. Think any of them will top “Beauty”?Want more stuff like this? Then again, “Beauty” just opened in the past couple of months, and it’s still making a strong showing overseas, so it has a good chance to pass “Frozen” and set the worldwide record, in addition to the domestic one.According to Box Office Mojo, Disney has four of the top 10 PG films at the domestic box office: “Beauty and the Beast,” “Finding Dory,” “Frozen” ($400.7 million), and “The Jungle Book” ($364 million).”Beauty and the Beast” is currently the eighth highest-grossing movie of any rating, domestically, and the 11th highest-grossing film in the world. Read the full lists at Box Office Mojo.Here’s a look at more PG movies opening soon. “Showgirls” has the title for NC-17 titles. Like us on Facebook. 1 for R-rated movies. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has that honor for PG-13 movies, and “The Passion of the Christ” is No. “Frozen” still has the international record with $1.28 billion. Meanwhile, the previous U.S.
Posted May 9, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe “Dancing With the Stars” Season 24 Quarterfinals had a mean-spirited edge to it that pretty much everyone felt. “I would think that Len understands that after 24 season on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ it’s not always just dance, it’s that person and their story and their inspiration. I don’t have a lot of respect for it, but I’m thankful for the experience I got to have here, the other people I got to meet, how much I discovered I can move again and inspire others throughout my movement, and the strength that I dug down deep to find and do this.”SIMONE & SASHAThe judges didn’t really seem to have much constructive dance criticism for Simone after her Foxtrot, they called it “pretty” and thought it was fine, but they called her out on not showing enough personality. […] I had tears in my eyes. […] I feel like everyone has their own opinion, clearly, and I feel it’s just how you take it. I think they think since I’m 20, I should have gone through those life experiences, but I missed out on all of that. She’s not an actress, so it’s hard for her to show what she hasn’t felt.Later, after her trio Paso Doble, she kept a serious expression on her face through the judging, and host Tom Bergeron said he had expected her to smile at some of the compliments. The stars left upset. The fans left upset. I’m right here for [her], and next week is all different.” Sasha’s fiancee, pro Emma Slater — who is dancing with Rashad Jennings — told Glamour backstage, “I would hate to think that Simone took anything to heart in a negative way. Why is it a bad thing that he’s been inspiring people for eight weeks?” Bolton added, “It’s a good thing I didn’t come do this show for those judges.”Bonner told Glamour it was “a relief” to know he wouldn’t have to dance again, since he was in a lot of pain through the whole competition. Like us on Facebook. Here’s what he said when asked about Len’s comment: “I don’t appreciate much of what the judges said throughout the whole season to me. Even judge Carrie Ann Inaba looked shocked after that jab…CAI’s reaction after what Len said to Bonner on his first performance though… It kind of felt like she did.”Next week is the Semifinals, and we can only hope the judges will be in a kinder mood, so the stars who don’t win at least have a positive journey along the way.Want more stuff like this? Simone tried to explain backstage that she hasn’t had that much life experience since she’s spent her life in a gymnasium. Almost everyone was mad about something, except maybe Team ValMani, since Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy were the only ones to be spared by the knife-wielding judges.The other four couples were hit fairly hard, especially Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess — who left at the end of their tough night, which included a snide remark from head judge Len Goodman — and Simone Biles & Sasha Farber — who were given maddening mixed messages on her smile, personality, and life experience. After the show, Simone told Entertainment Tonight, “You don’t know which wild card of sexy or of happy they want to bring, and you almost have to read their minds and find it. Then I’ll get back to training.”Pro Sasha Farber told Glamour the judges “are there to do their job. I almost ran to the bathroom at one point, but I pulled it together. Both Julianne Hough and Carrie Ann wanted to see more emotional range and expression from Simone, beyond her ever-present smile (which they seemed to see as fake). That’s why I’m taking a year off to try and go find it, you know? I’m kind of sorry she had to go through that. I feel like I am trying [to show emotion], I am being honest, but if they don’t see that, I don’t know what more I can do.”Simone added to other backstage reporters (via Glamour), “I feel like any other 20-year-old has gone through a lot of the emotions [the judges want to see], but I’ve spent my whole life in a gym training for something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. They were hard on everyone today. Simone later admitted she left the ballroom with tears in her eyes.BONNER & SHARNAAfter Bonner’s first dance, Len made a passive-aggressive comment that it’s America’s fault that Bonner was still around when he was in over his head and should’ve been gone by now. pic.twitter.com/x3Mf4Y0zHi
— TeamHemoAndMani (@HemoAndMani) May 9, 2017…and Bonner and Sharna were not pleased with the remark either.”I was really taken back that Len said that,” Sharna Burgess told ET Canada. Simone then smiled and quipped, “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.”@SashaFarber face when @Simone_Biles said : “smiling doesn’t win you Gold medals” is ….amazing 😂😂 priceless #dwtspic.twitter.com/awC8nDkDE2
— Leyla (@DarthSpongie) May 9, 2017The live audience oooohed, as if she shot back something controversial, but one minute they basically say her smile is an empty mask and the next second she’s expected to keep up that smile? Standing there and getting those scores, I know exactly how Simone is; she’s only 20, and to hear all those things, I could feel her heart just hurting.
Like us on Facebook. That is not why I wore an overcoat to the theater. The “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel may not have been that sexy, but damn is it funny to watch “another horrifying reminder that your aunt probably gets off to this.”Voice-over: “You marveled at the first movie’s total lack of sex appeal. Posted May 9, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt doesn’t matter if you loved, hated, never watched, never cared about, or never even heard of “Fifty Shades Darker” You will laugh out loud at least once at Screen Junkies’s’ Honest Trailer for it. Now the steamiest story you can buy at Target is back, and it’s cranking the naughty down from room temp to ice cold, in this two hour movie that only has about 10 minutes of actual sex in it. Meanwhile, “Fifty Shades Darker” just came out on DVD and Blu-ray, in case you want to see what all of the room temp fuss is about. Want more stuff like this? Where they scale back the bondage and amp up the normal boring couple stuff.”Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson): “You want a vanilla relationship?'”Voice-over: “No! The big voice guy doesn’t want vanilla. He wants some rocky road!”That’s just the start of the video, and it gets better from there, mocking Ana for her lack of emotion and only personality trait — confusion about what should and should not be put in her butt — and calling out “walking red flag” Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for his creepy mommy issues:Maybe there is only a “Fifty Fifty” chance they won’t get through the next one, but “Fifty Shades Freed” is coming out February 9, 2018, and you know fans will want to see another Honest Trailer for it.
The movies are set to be released in four successive Decembers starting in 2020. Posted May 9, 2017 by Kelly WooCliff Curtis, the star of “Fear the Walking Dead,” is opening Pandora’s box.Curtis has been cast in a lead role in James Cameron’s four “Avatar” sequels, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He will play Tonowari, leader of the Metkayina reef people clan. Cameron has previously teased that parts of the sequels will take place under water. Filming will work around Curtis’s schedule for “Fear the Walking Dead.” His previous film credits include “The Piano,” “The Last Airbender,” and “Live Free or Die Hard.”Cameron has been planning the sequels for many years, but with this casting news, it seems like the ball is finally truly rolling. The actor joins Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver who are reprising their roles from the 2009 original film. Production on the four “Avatar” sequels begins next year.
Last month, she quit “Dance Moms” after reportedly clashing with producers. Posted May 9, 2017 by Kelly WooAbby Lee Miller, the former star of the Lifetime reality show “Dance Moms,” was sentenced to one year and one day in prison by a federal judge in Pittsburgh.After she serves the time, she will also have two years of supervised release. “WHERE HAVE ALL THE CHILDREN GONE?” ALONG WITH THREE BEAUTIFUL SOLOS! I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT! She announced the decision in a sharply-worded Instagram post:The majority of children that follow me may be fast asleep, however now is the critical time to make the following statement: I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS. Miller will also have to pay a fine of $40,000 and a $120,000 judgmentMiller was indicted on 20 counts of bankruptcy fraud following an investigation by the IRS and FBI. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/ SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES, AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL! TODAY, I WAS SO PROUD THAT I WENT AGAINST THE PRODUCER’S IDEA (ONCE AGAIN) TO ENTER A COMMAND PERFORMANCE OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NUMBERS… I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful! #dancemoms #season7 #ALDC #aldcalways #newbeginnings #aldcla #alllovedancecourageA post shared by Abby Lee Miller (@therealabbylee) on Mar 26, 2017 at 9:35pm PDT She had initially filed for bankruptcy in 2010, but in the filing, did not include her contract with “Dance Moms.” Prosecutors accused her of hiding the money from her creditors.Last year, she pled guilty to concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of not reporting an international monetary transaction.
“We’re going to answer all of the burning questions that people have about [the show],” he said. Are there more tapes? Showrunner Brian Yorkey addressed some of those questions in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Will Bryce be brought to justice? We’re going to answer those questions but I think, even more, we’re going to continue to look very truthfully and very honestly at what they go through, even when it’s painful at times.”
Though Hannah will no longer provide the voiceovers, she will be a major part of Season 2, which continues to explore who really is responsible for her suicide. The season will also delve into more of Hannah’s past.”We’re going to get some new context for events we already know about and we’re going to see a lot of things we hadn’t even heard about yet that fill in some really interesting gaps in our understanding of who Hannah Baker was and what her life was.”And it seems there are no more tapes! “There is a different sort of analog technology that plays a hugely important role in season 2,” Yorkey teased, adding, “There will be a new piece of technology for 13-year-olds to Google and try to understand what it was.” “Is Tyler going to do something? Posted May 9, 2017 by Kelly WooNow that Netflix has renewed “13 Reasons Why” for a second season, everyone has questions: Will Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) be part of it? What’s going to happen to Alex?
But every legend has a secret. One of the greatest of all. That’s one history lesson we missed!Watch the clip here:They’ve always been legendary; now you know why. Posted May 9, 2017 by Sharon KnolleA new teaser for “Transformers: The Last Knight” released today reveals that the Transformers have always been here to protect us, even from Nazis.As Anthony Hopkins says in voiceover, as serious as any History Channel narrator: “It started as legend. the secret history of Transformers.”
We’re treated to shots of the Transformers strolling through ancient buildings, crossing swords in a Musketeers-type salute and, of course, kicking Nazi ass. To protect Earth from what was destined to arrive. A thousand years, we’ve kept it hidden… #Transformerspic.twitter.com/VkHFTQ9F1q
— #TRANSFORMERS (@transformers) May 9, 2017″Transformers: The Last Knight” opens June 21. They have been here forever, in the shadows. One of the oldest of all.
However, this season, the crime drama moved to Thursdays and ratings suffered. Season 2 averaged just 3 million viewers and 0.7 in the 18-49 demographic.The show starred Morris Chestnut as a private pathologist who works closely with the Miami police on cases. #PEACE – MCA post shared by Morris Chestnut (@morrischestnutofficial) on May 9, 2017 at 7:57am PDT We were able to peer into the lives of characters who displayed their hopes, dreams, courage and fears. Chestnut announced the cancellation on Instagram:I am very grateful about the part that everyone took in Rosewood’s journey, because everyone was truly an integral part; the writers who crafted great story-lines, the actors who brought these stories to life, the production crew who sustained the show’s infrastructure, and the terrific fans who embraced this phenomenon and became just as much a part of Rosewood as anyone else. This is not only a part of the industry, it’s a part of life. Thank you all for your continued #onelove and support. Rosewood also helped reinforce a newer definition of Family, as a group of people who most care for and support one another. FOX provided a platform for a show that made strides in diversity and the images it projected, as all-inclusive. When one door closes, two more can open… See you back on the screen, soon. Posted May 9, 2017 by Kelly WooThe case is closed on “Rosewood.” Fox has canceled the drama after two seasons.”Rosewood” debuted in fall 2016 as a lead-in to “Empire” on Wednesday nights and performed well, which earned it a quick second season renewal. Big and Small. The #Rosewood family, itself was an Extremely Special group of people who’ll be friends forever.
The “New Girl” actress gave birth to their second child, a boy, a rep confirmed to People.Baby Charlie Wolf was born sometime last week, according to People. Speaking to TVLine last month, exec producer Brett Baer said, “We keep hearing that the intention is to bring the show back.” He also said that the current cast is “locked in” to return. (New baby trend: Animal middle names?)Zooey and her producer husband tied the knot in 2015. Posted May 9, 2017 by Sharon KnolleCongrats to Zooey Deschanel and husband Jacob Pechenik. He joins big sister, Elise Otter, who as born in July 2015. The two worked together on the comedy “Rock the Kasbah.”Fox should be announcing soon whether “New Girl” will be back for Season 7.
Sounds reasonable!”We’re gonna give ’em a show,” says Big Boo (Lea DeLaria). except for Piper (Taylor Schilling), apparently. Posted May 9, 2017 by Sharon KnolleThe rioting women of Litchfield demand justice — and basic human rights — in the new trailer for Season 5 of Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black.”After the death last season of Poussey (Samira Wiley), Taystee (Danielle Brooks) confronts warden Joe Caputo (Nick Sandow), telling him, “You done a girl wrong, Mr. Let’s hope so!The show returns June 9. Caputo, and we want justice.”The women are forming a united front… When she asks Taystee how she can help, she’s told “People ain’t gonna like you.”On a lighter note, the inmates suggest some off-the-wall ideas as part of their demands, including an ice cream sundae bar and an anti-gravity chamber.
It seemed like she was about to recreate the famous upside-down kiss with Holland, but then her husband John Legend stepped up for the kiss.The special “Lip Sync Battle” aired before the MTV Movie Awards.Watch the whole crazy committed performance below: Holland first came out dressed as Gene Kelly and proceeded to do the famous “Singin’ in the Rain” sequence from the classic musical of the same name. Posted May 9, 2017 by Sharon KnolleTalk about commitment. In case you missed it, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” star Tom Holland went all out in a lip sync performance of Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Wearing a skimpy outfit and stockings, the actor channeled all of Rihanna’s sexy moves while Zendaya, his lip sync rival, completely lost it in the background.Although the network had already teased that he’d be doing Rihanna, the audience didn’t seem to know what they were in for. And then there was a slight costume change and the backup dancers came out!Zendaya also did a cross-dressing performance as Bruno Mars for “24k Magic,” but had to admit that Holland’s performance was “incredible.”As Holland caught his breath, co-host Chrissy Teigen came down from the ceiling in a Spider-Man suit, saying she’d love to fulfill a fantasy.
Last month, Anna Faris announced her intentions to re-imagine the property, and we recently devoted an hour of our very own podcast to applauding the movie’s goofiness (and puzzling over its legal implications). The way he looks at her, even though he’s trying to pull a fast one, is a sparkly combination of infatuation and awe. Marshall’s style and sensibilities (an approach that borders on the classical) is perfectly suited for “Overboard”; aside from a couple of Pee-Wee Herman references and some of the clothes, the movie could be set in almost any time. Again, Hawn is peerless: The look on her face as she registers the situation, the way her physicality changes from boundless to hollowed-out, and how she sticks her fingers in her ears as her would-be children come crashing into the side of her limousine (all yelling “Mom!”) It’s deeply affecting in a very plain way.Marshall’s unfussy direction and lack of sentimentality means that these scenes play out with ease; her return to a pampered life are juxtaposed with scenes of Russell dealing with the boys on his own in their shabby house. The fact that she’s able to give the character (ostensibly two-dimensional and saddled with a ridiculous central premise) so much depth, is a testament to her abilities and Marshall’s kind encouragement. (Oftentimes the camera doesn’t move or cut; it just stays still, waiting for whatever Hawn comes up with.)And as good as Hawn is, Kurt Russell matches her. Who could forget when she has had enough of Russell’s children playing pranks on her and she brings a hose into the living room and douses them all? Hawn’s character finally comes face-to-face with her actual husband (Herrmann) and is compelled to return to her old life. Nobody is over-the-top and that commitment to realism inside what is obviously a fantasy makes it that much funnier.But the real reason “Overboard” has lasted all of these years and become such a favorite has to do with the movie’s last 30 minutes, which are really, really emotional. It’s sort of miraculous, especially in the current climate of rapid-fire editing. Whatever you think he’s going to do, however you think he’s going to play it, he does the opposite. Watching the early scenes of her lounging around a luxury yacht, she is dressed like Lady Gaga and purrs like a Real Housewife crossed with a Disney villainess (a wicked stepmother maybe or an evil sorceress). It’s the way in which Marshall moves (or doesn’t move) the camera; look at the reveal early on in the film of Hawn’s elderly roommate in the hospital, or how calm the camerawork is. It’s just the story of a family, framed by a traditionally gonzo conceit.Then, there are, of course, the performances.Hawn is finally making her return to cinemas this week with Amy Schumer’s “Snatched,” and re-watching “Overboard,” it’s hard not to get positively giddy at her comeback. It’s clear that the movie was filmed during the first part of the couple’s relationship — a relationship that has, all these years later, kept going. Her performance in “Overboard” is genuinely incredible. Because it’s really, really funny. Russell is a blue-collar carpenter, Hawn is a snooty heiress and through a series of zany coincidences, she becomes his wife. Characters bounce in and out of frame, huge chunks of dialogue are recited, the entire frame is alive with energy but the camera stays steady, allowing everything to be seen and heard when it is supposed to, giving jokes and gags proper room to breathe. It’s these quieter moments that ground the movie’s climax, which is pretty huge (it involves two boats and really reinforces the title). It was a bold move for sure; this is the decade that was defined by T&A extravaganzas like “Porky’s.” It was rare to see something so sweet. Posted May 9, 2017 by Drew TaylorIn 1987, MGM released director Gary Marshall’s “Overboard.” A gentle screwball comedy released during the height of the sex comedy craze of the ’80s, “Overboard” starred former Disney kid Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn (then a box office dynamo and one of the most powerful women in Hollywood). At the very end, we even get a nifty twist, but one that never undermines what came before it.”Overboard” is a movie that has an oversized conceptual framework but an even bigger heart. (At almost two hours, it’s also unfashionably long for a comedy of the period.)The supporting performances are terrific, too, from Edward Herrmann to Roddy McDowell (who was also an executive producer) to all the young actors who play Russell’s kids (the “She might have no t*ts but she’s got a nice *ss” line reading might be the best in the entire movie). There are few ties to contemporary technology, popular culture or — another hallmark of Marshall’s style — politics. Even when there’s an element of suspense, the camera luxuriates on Hawn and Russell’s faces. Instead, the movie came and went, making a modest profit and receiving only so-so reviews (Roger Ebert was one of the film’s few fans in the critical community).But the movie has endured. It’s something that, if you come across “Overboard” on basic cable, you’ll watch until at least that scene. Everyone is deeply committed, both to their characters and to the movie’s off-the-wall vibe, which makes it even funnier. It’s a performance of endless surprises.Another reason it’s endured is how funny it is. (Just watch the scene in which he explains the Portuguese story of why boats honk three times when returning to port and you’ll understand.) In “Overboard,” he’s a perfect blue collar slob, excitable and crass, but also one who is wounded (he’s a widower in the movie) and able to bring nuance and emotionality to any scene (no matter how charged with goofy energy); he can also veer left during a potentially dramatic scene, too. And it’s not just the performances of Hawn and Russell. That’s pretty much all there is to the story. Hawn and Russell were a real-life couple at the time, having gotten together on Jonathan Demme’s underrated “Swing Shift” (they had previously met on the set of a 1968 Disney movie, “The One and Only, Genuine, Original Family Band”), but all the celebrity couple buzz didn’t add much heat to the movie’s opening. It’s just one of those sequences you remember and love and is just as funny and charming as it was 30 years ago. It has gained a loyal and voracious cult following amongst even the most ardent film fanatics, and, 30 years later, it’s unclear how anyone could have believed it to be anything but a classic.So the question remains: why?While it is true that the movie is a nostalgia-lover’s dream come true, from the hairstyles to the bouncy score by Alan Silvestri (that same year he also scored a little movie called “Predator”) to outdated hairstyles to the somewhat primitive understanding of both gender roles and the criminality of what is essentially kidnapping, one of the reasons the movie has endured is how timeless it truly is.Part of its timelessness has to do with the ingenious tonal grafting of a 1930s screwball farce onto a 1980s relationship comedy. When she loses her memory and Russell convinces her that she’s his lost wife, her performance becomes more dimensional, nuanced, and effective; she finds contours to the role that would have escaped other actresses.Every moment feels like it’s on the border of becoming something endlessly remembered and a handful of the times it actually does.
There’s no moment to savor the magic you’re creating for everybody else. I think it just added, when you know that you are the subject, and not the object, it makes the kind of work that we were being asked to do just that much safer, because you just know that there’s empathy and agency from behind the camera. I just trusted people so profoundly, that it really wasn’t that big of a deal.Also, I’ve had two children, so it’s like, “Who hasn’t seen it at this point?”Talk to me a little bit about finding those emotional spaces with Kevin and with Griffin. Then, when we heard that it was going to be holiday theme, I was so excited. [Laughs] I would say, I think there is something about it, and I was talking about this last night with Kevin Bacon, that the emotional kind of reveal certainly feels scarier, sometimes — in most things — for me.I don’t know what that means, but there is something about it, especially in this environment, where you know that every eyeball looking at you behind the monitor, or behind the camera, is looking at you with love, and empathy, and not judgment, where you don’t feel, for a second, self-conscious, because you know that everybody in the room is there to support this journey, whether it be nude or not, it’s the same kind of feeling. She’s just a phenomenal human being. So to have the three of us together in a photograph was pretty trippy.Was there one sort of essential turnkey element that helped you unlock it all and get where you needed to go with this role? I met with Chris a couple times, and I fell madly in love. I met Kevin, I knew Kevin a little bit more because we had met randomly at a party before, and we kind of went through the Sylvere audition process together, so we got to work together while we were auditioning, trying to find our Sylvere. So, many of those things just felt like whatever that kind of obsession feeling was, I just kind of tried to tap into that — that feeling of having the entire world before this person or thing that you’re obsessed with.It’s like when you become obsessed, the entire world is seen through that lens — the lens that you want to share it with or for that person. Did you meet Chris? That was incredibly helpful. We barely opened the presents from Santa, and my mom was already sweating in the kitchen trying to put bacon and eggs on. It’s so hilarious because it’s so cringe-worthy. For one, it was because it was Jill Soloway, and I always know whatever world I dove into with her is going to stretch, and challenge, and push me, and it’s going to feel the most satisfying on the drive home for sure, creatively, and intellectually.I was not familiar with this book before Jill handed it to me as something to consider. There’s so much!I remember as a kid tearing open the Christmas presents so fast. So yeah, kind of just to jump into that feeling.When you’re playing a role like this that has a considerable sexual element, and you know you’re going to be putting yourself out there, physically, how do you prepare yourself for that aspect of it all?Besides, like, a wax job? It seems like a very galvanizing moment in our cultural history, for sure, and there are so many things I’m dying to see that women are in front and behind, not only making the decisions, but being the creative birds in front, and all of those things.We had an all-women writers’ room, which was pretty profound. Did you try to get a little bit more info than what was in the book, or did you just work with what was available on the page?Sure. I was very curious.Then I was just like flabbergasted by the material. I feel like the women in that writers’ room are very giddy to dig into that.I was talking to your friend Kristen Bell about the genius of setting the second “Bad Moms” film at Christmas time. I’m trying to think what the one turnkey would be, because there’s so many things I had in my head! You can’t work or act in a vacuum, I don’t think, unless you’re like an ’80s comedy male movie star.I think, mostly, it’s more fun to find yourself with who you’re acting with. She came to the set, which was incredible, and kind of told us how we were doing, kind of how it really, actually went down, which was very helpful.It was really trippy. But still, there was just enough mystery, I think, to make it work.I think we kind of just subconsciously withheld a lot from each other, because we knew that that bubble was so profound to making this work, that alchemy and that mystery. The other two books, there’s a book called “Aliens & Anorexia,” and another one called “Torpor.” So I read all three, which kind of just, in varying ways, describe her relationship with her marriage. They’re both phenomenal, phenomenal performers. He’s a phenomenal bird, just an incredible brain, and so fast, and funny, and vulnerable, and game.Same with Kevin. So I didn’t meet Griffin until the day of the first table read, and we immediately just felt like family. I learned so much from being in scenes with them, for sure, and they made me feel brave.Tell me what was pleasurable about this very female-driven production. It’s rare that you get to have that many women involved in telling a woman’s story.Which is insane to me, you know what I mean? I did a little bit, because I knew whatever the series, how it was going to develop, after reading the pilot, the amazing pilot that our producer Sarah Gubbins wrote, I knew that it was going to depart significantly from the source material. You are so much who you’re playing with, I think. It just felt that much safer.They’re all really funny humans, too. There’s no other time of the year that I feel like a mom would deserve and need to get the hell out of the house. All of them are deeply funny, which I was very buoyed by. Tell me what you responded to when that idea was floated your way.We’d been all kind of sniffing about a sequel for a while, because we were like, “Come on!” because we were so excited about the success of the first one. Even in the reading of the book, I remember thinking, God, this is hilarious. You just don’t feel that weird handwringing judgement, or just someone that doesn’t quite know, or thinks knows. Posted May 9, 2017 by Scott HuverKathryn Hahn admits it: “I Love Dick” pretty much had her by the title alone.Of course, the major selling point that lured Hahn to her new, provocatively titled streaming series on Amazon was the fresh opportunity to work again with executive producer Jill Soloway, who’s previously provided Hahn with a wealth of meaty material in her recurring role as Rabbi Raquel Fine on another edgy Amazon series, “Transparent.”Drawing from Chris Kraus’s bestselling pseudo-memoir/novel of the same name chronicling a married woman’s increasingly obsessive and consuming sexual fixation on a guru-like artist and media theorist (Kevin Bacon) who has offered her philosopher husband (Griffin Dunne) a berth in his organization, “I Love Dick” casts Hahn as Krause — or a version thereof — and gives her some of the most unique and challenging opportunities of her career, while flipping the usual male-gaze oriented narrative in terms of psycho-sexual objectification.Hahn joined Moviefone for a look at why she felt drawn to the material, how she navigated some of its more risqué elements, and working with an all-too-rare female-led team behind the scenes.Moviefone: I want to know what made this role a must-do? Was there something that made you truly get it and know what you needed to do to pull it off?Any one of these ventures is certainly a leap of faith. It should all be the people who are telling their own stories, should be the ones that are making the decisions behind about the content of the stories. It’s like, “Oh, it’s so rare for women to be behind a woman’s story.”I think it’s not as rare, certainly, as it was. It’s just insane to me. I think I described it as being like Richard Dreyfuss in “Close Encounters.”Then, when we met with all the women, it was an all-female writers’ room, which was incredible, and when we met to kind of talk about experience, we talked a lot about, even there’s so many writings of nuns’ kind of deep love devotion to Christ. I could not wait to get in there.How deep into research did you go with this? Of course I gravitated towards just the title alone! I loved Chris Kraus’s voice so much. What was that thing that you immediately grabbed on to and said, “This is going to test me.This is going to push me”?Kathryn Hahn: All of it! I also think, as an actor, for me, I can do as much homework as I desire, or as I want, but it’s going to change, the alchemy is going to change whenever you meet whoever that person is. So I’m really excited for the moms to get a chance to go out and have some mulled wine and enjoy a night out.”I Love Dick” streams on Amazon May 12th. But I also knew that I just had brilliant, literal diaries, basically, of this woman’s life.So “I Love Dick” is kind of what Chris Kraus would consider one of a trilogy. We walked into that first table read having known each other, having sniffed each other creatively, for quite some time. You’ve got two leading men here that you have some pretty intense work to do with.You never know, chemistry-wise, how things are going to land. I’m sure they would say the same thing about their characters, and any actor would say that, I’m sure, about their work. I really found Chris through Griffin and through Kevin, for sure. There was a flashback scene in which Chris was there that day, I was there playing Chris, and then another young actress was playing my younger self. I just loved how loud, and fearless, and vulnerable, and hilarious, and messy, and complicated, and just relentless she was as a character, and messy. There was a couple things that we were thinking about book-wise, and this was one of the titles. You’re just so embarrassed for this person who has no embarrassment herself.
Willis’ flying taxi was inspired by the images of a similar vehicle in Mézières’ title “The Circles of Power.”14. The language Leeloo speaks had a vocabulary of 400 words invented by Besson and Jovovich. Posted May 9, 2017 by Gary SusmanTwenty years after the release of “The Fifth Element” (on May 9, 1997), we still have one question: What in the world was that?Luc Besson’s flamboyant, over-the-top sci-fi epic, starring a blond Bruce Willis, an androgynous Chris Tucker, a tragically-coiffed Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich left viewers stunned. “Milla has this physical thing, she can be from the past or the future,” Besson said in 1997. “She can be an Egyptian or a Roman. Ultimately, Besson thought he’d have to settle for a cheaper leading man, but in a chance conversation with Willis, the actor said that if he liked the script, he’d figure out a way to make the money work. “I owed him one.” He did his duty, but he didn’t think much of his performance. Some loved it, some hated it, but it was a box office hit around the world (for many years, the biggest French cinema export ever), and it remains a cult favorite today.Still, as many times as you’ve marveled (or snickered, or just gawked) at “The Fifth Element” on cable, there’s a lot you may not know about the movie — its long gestation (22 years!), the hilarious story of how Tucker landed his role, and the production’s scandalous off-screen love triangle. They were accomplished via artful editing and an artificial leg operated from just outside the frame.8. The filmmakers auditioned 8,000 actresses to play mysterious, scantily clad heroine Leeloo. Here are the elements that made the film.1. But it didn’t reach the screen until he was 38 years old; by that time, he felt he was old enough to actually have something to say about life.2. He also sought Mel Gibson, who turned the part down.3. She can be Nefertiti and she can be from outer space.”6. The New York scenes were created using a combination of CGI (for the flying cars), live action (the people), and scale models (the buildings). Besson says it features 2,734 effects shots, compared to a mere 188 for “Fifth Element.” He had to outfit at least 900 actors and extras. “Fifth Element” would relaunch the future “Resident Evil” mainstay as an action star, a career for which she began training over several months of rehearsals for Leeloo, studying acting and karate for eight hours a day.7. So why did Prince turn down the role? Even so, the martial arts novice couldn’t manage some of the high kicks required of her character. French fashionista Jean-Paul Gaultier designed the film’s elaborate, gender-bending costumes. The movie earned one Oscar nomination, for Best Sound Editing.22. They practiced it by writing letters to each other in the made-up tongue.16. It held the record as the most globally successful French-produced movie until “The Intouchables” in 2011.21. As sophisticated as the visual effects seemed at the time, Besson found them frustratingly primitive. Moebius) and Jean-Claude Mézières to design his futuristic universe. Oldman, who’d played the villain in “The Professional,” took the bad guy role of Zorg as a favor to Besson, who’d helped finance Oldman’s directing debut, “Nil by Mouth.” “It was me singing for my supper,” Oldman recalled in 2011. Surprisingly, hero Willis and villain Oldman share no screen time.20. Besson said he saw 200 or 300 of those actresses read. The filmmaker had approached Willis to star as heroic cabbie Korben Dallas back in the early 1990s, before he had financing in place. One costume included a jacket that was said to have cost $5,000.9. Tucker has said he took inspiration from both Prince and Michael Jackson in crafting his performance as Ruby Rhod. Besson (above) said he started writing the screenplay when he was 16, creating the vivid fantasy universes to combat the boredom he experienced living in rural France. Quipped Gaultier, “Maybe he’s less Michael Jackson and more Janet.”13. “I can’t bear it,” he said in 2014.5. Besson and Jovovich married at the end of 1997 and divorced two years later, after he’d directed her in the lead role of his 1999 movie “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.”18. “The Fifth Element” cost a reported $90 million to produce, the costliest film made up to that point by a non-American production company (in this case, the French studio Gaumont). Besson had isolated his wife from the cast so that no one would know what the Diva was supposed to look like until they saw her in character as the blue-skinned alien.19. Besson cast his wife, Maïwenn Le Besco, as the alien Diva Plavalaguna (above) after the actress he’d originally chosen dropped out. But during the shoot, he left Maïwenn and took up with Jovovich.17. “Sometimes I just do it because they’re just fun,” he said of his movie role choices in 1997, “and this was a real fun movie to make.” He’d end up signing on for a reduced salary up front and a percentage of the profits.4. The astonishment on everyone’s faces when Plavalaguna appears was real. As Gaultier explained it in 2013, the “Purple Rain” star found the proposed costumes the designer had shown him in illustrations to be “a bit too effeminate.” (Let that sink in for a minute.)11. It earned back $264 million worldwide, $200 million of which came from moviegoers outside North America. Besson enlisted influential French comic book artists Jean Giraud (a.k.a. Chris Tucker (still best known at the time for his scene-stealing “Friday” role) won the role of colorful media personality Ruby Rhod because the part had been turned down by Besson’s first choice: Prince.10. A crew of 80 on the production design team spent five months building dozens of city blocks at 1/24th scale.15. Today’s digital effects would have made shooting “Fifth Element” much easier, he said recently. He’s currently finishing for July release the sci-fi epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” based on the Mézières stories he loved as a boy. Gaultier kept referring to this part of the suit as a “faux cul” (“fake ass”), but because of his thick accent, he said Prince misheard him as saying, “F— you!”12. Gaultier had also unwittingly offended Prince with his description of one proposed outfit, a mesh suit with a padded, fringe-bedecked rear. One of them was Jovovich, who had taken a break from acting after “Dazed and Confused” three years earlier, in order to focus on her singing career.
“It’s a lot different from Season 1; you’re going to like it a lot more than Season 1.”With Netflix being extra secretive this season, she didn’t give away any more information than that, especially not the murky fate of her character.”You’ve just got to watch it,” she said.That goes without saying. Posted May 8, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongIt might not even seem possible, but “Stranger Things” Season 2 is going to be better than the first — at least that’s what Millie Bobby Brown says.The actress couldn’t say much about the Netflix series’ upcoming sophomore season when she was interviewed at Sunday’s MTV Movie and TV Awards — where she won Best Actor in a Show for her portrayal of Eleven — but she did share a few clues. Not only did she promise it would be “very good, very funny,” she indicated that there will be big changes, as InStyle reports.”It’s very dark,” she said. We need to know definitively what happened to Eleven, not to mention catch up with the rest of the Hawkins gang. Season 2 will deal with fallout from Season 1, picking up a year after where we left off.Netflix will unveil its newest “Stranger Things” episodes on Halloween.[via: InStyle]
Posted May 8, 2017 by Moviefone StaffWhen “Snatched” stars Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn go “Unscripted,” you know the conversation is going to visit some unique places. Among the topics discussed: Goldie’s first kiss, Amy’s sleeping attire, awkward AF ex-boyfriend interactions, the status of Amy and Jennifer Lawrence’s movie, and the unusual place Goldie stores all of her travel essentials.”Snatched” hits theaters May 12th.