The episode ended with Meredith arriving at Grey Sloan to see a huge explosion.Of course, fans had STRONG reactions to everything, especially Stephanie’s storyline:STEPH WAS THE BEST RESIDENT OF HER CLASS AND SHE WAS GOING TO SPECIALIZE IN NEURO & CARDIO SHE DID NOT DESERVE ANY OF THIS
— #JUSTICE4EDWARDS (@scvrsone) May 12, 2017Mark and Lexie did not die for Grey Sloan memorial named after them for the hospital to go up in flames #GreysAnatomy
— Court (@AnatomyMer93) May 12, 2017now that was the greys we’ve been missing
— Agent Daynnah Scully (@DaynnahScully) May 12, 2017Me: Oh she can stab him with the scalpel
Edwards: *douses him in alcohol, sets him on fire, blows up the building*
Me: gurl.#GreysAnatomy
— Kayla Hom (@mohalyak) May 12, 2017#GreysAnatomy#GreysAnatomyIT Megan coming to GSMH like
— Giulia (@GiuliaBassani00) May 12, 2017End of @GreysABC has me like
— Court (@AnatomyMer93) May 12, 2017This is me right with greys
— Franky Guzman (@Francis76863099) May 12, 2017Alex Stevens
Brooke is Jo’s real name
Stephanie might be dead
Dr. Stephanie Edwards died. Teddy Altman
Megan is alive
— Firzanah. on ABC. We knew actress Jerrika was leaving “Grey’s” for an HBO show, and it looks like this is how Stephanie exits. It’s meant to have an amazing cliffhanger, leading into a “spectacular” Season 14.Want more stuff like this? Paul Stadler. Posted May 12, 2017 by Gina CarboneDaaaaamn, talk about an explosive episode. She died trying to help people, believing the best of humanity until it backfired on her, trying to stop rapist Keith from blowing the place sky high. It’s hard to see how she could survive that giant fire bomb. No wonder the “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 finale is titled “Ring of Fire.” As Stefon would put it, the penultimate hour, “True Colors,” had everything, and fans weren’t the only ones blown away.• Alex Karev tracked down Jo Wilson’s abusive ex husband, who was indeed Matthew Morrison’s Dr. In reality, Alex did nothing but let the guy steal his cab. Brooke Stadler? This does not feel over.• Jo Wilson’s real name is Brooke? Alex had some fantasy sequences, imagining going undercover as Alex Stevens (IZZY LIVES) to confront the guy and beat him up, then also imagining that Stadler found Jo and beat her. So now we have the potential return of Megan to come between Meredith and Riggs (although Riggs was cheating on Megan at the time), but at least Owen had some good news, for once.• Dr. Like us on Facebook. (@firrrzanah) May 12, 2017The “Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13 finale is next, airing Thursday, May 18 at 8 p.m. Or she almost certainly died. • Owen Hunt was told his sister Megan — also Nathan Riggs’s girlfriend at the time she went MIA — is actually alive.

we did it!
— Lulú ☠️ (@InvincibleHook) May 12, 2017I was honestly about 90% sure #TheExorcist wasn’t getting renewed. Posted May 12, 2017 by Gina CarboneHallelujah! YES
— ʎɹɹɐן ᙖαтεʂ (@iaio93) May 12, 2017You have to credit The Exorcist Congregation for stepping up to save the series — based on the 1973 classic of the same name, starring Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, Alan Ruck, and Geena Davis. 😭
— Mark Sundstrom (@106th) May 12, 2017Can’t Wait To See What Season 2 Of #TheExorcist Will Bring Us @FanExorcist 😈🎉🎉
— STEPHANIE DENNIS 😋 (@stephdennis16) May 12, 2017#TheExorcistCongregation in a nutshell: Super happy & bloody tired after months of spreading the holy word to #RenewTheExorcist. So I am so pleasantly surprised & overjoyed right now. — John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) May 12, 2017i am SO happy for us, fellow #TheExorcist congregation/fandom members. Thank you @FOXTV for renewing an absolute fantastic horror show!!! “The Exorcist” fans launched campaigns to keep the show on Fox’s radar, including #RenewTheExorcist, even going so far as to send red feathers to the network’s offices in a reference to the series.Here are details on what could be coming next in Season 2.TheWrap gave a rundown of Fox’s other renewal and cancellation updates, so far:RENEWED: “Empire,” “Star,” “Gotham,” “Lethal Weapon,” “Lucifer, “Last Man on Earth,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mick,” “The Exorcist.”CANCELED: “Pitch,” APB,” “Son of Zorn,” Making History,” Sleepy Hollow,” “Rosewood.”ORDERED: “The Resident,” “Ghosted,” “LA to Vegas.”Fox also announced a live musical production of “Rent.”Want more stuff like this? Take that, renewal heathens!Entertainment Weekly admitted they had “The Exorcist” on their dead list because Fox didn’t order more episodes after the short initial order of 10.
— Sinking Ship (@GeekFlan) May 12, 2017@EW Yes yes yes!!! #RenewTheExorcist was a success! The power of Christ compelled Fox to order a second season of “The Exorcist,” despite some prognosticators being pretty certain the show would not return. Like us on Facebook. Plus,”The Exorcist” had relatively low ratings (averaging 3.2 million viewers and a 1.2 rating among adults 18-49) but not that low when compared to some other shows, especially for a Friday night. As EW wrote, “In a surprise move, the Friday night horror series that was seemingly left for dead last winter will return for another round.”Most fans weren’t surprised by the move, though, just relieved and grateful:Season 2 of #TheExorcist is a go! WE WON!

Posted May 12, 2017 by Kelly WooOooh, fudge! A live musical version of “A Christmas Story” is coming to television.Fox has ordered an adaptation based on the 1983 holiday classic from the team behind “La La Land.”Marc Platt, who produced Fox’s “Grease: Live!” and “La La Land,” will oversee the event. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, the Oscar-winning songwriters of “City of Stars,” scored the Tony-nominated Broadway musical based on the movie and will contribute new songs to the Fox version.”‘A Christmas Story’ is one of the most beloved holiday films of all time — audiences have made a yearly ritual of re-watching it — and we are so thrilled to have Marc leading the charge in bringing the musical version of that film to television,” said Fox chief David Madden.”The extraordinarily gifted Pasek and Paul were instrumental in transposing the movie to the stage, and we believe the transition to live television event will be just as entertaining for viewers.”The three-hour live musical is set for this December.

Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #CANTWAIT.CAN’T WAIT! Whitney Houston. A Movie Lover’s Podcast by Moviefone celebrates Hollywood’s guiltiest pleasures by taking a fresh look at critically ignored movies and giving them a second chance at life. Posted May 12, 2017 by Moviefone StaffKevin Costner. Join Moviefone editors Tim Hayne, Rachel Horner, Phil Pirrello, and Tony Maccio as they extol the virtues and expose the failings (with love!) of nostalgic movies. Among the topics discussed: our penchant for watching movies scored by Alan Silvestri, music videos made from clips of movies featuring music videos, singers/actors, and the singular importance of orange juice.Tune in next time for Rachel’s pick, 1998’s “Can’t Hardly Wait,” a movie about teen angst, high school regrets, and being locked in a bathroom with Seth Green.Listen to CAN’T WAIT! Have a movie you really, really want us to watch and talk about? The best-selling soundtrack of all time. What do these three things have in common?Yes, this week on CAN’T WAIT! A Movie Lover’s Podcast Episode 22: ‘The Bodyguard’ (1992)Total runtime: 52:06Subscribe to the CAN’T WAIT! podcast:iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherHave thoughts/feelings/feedback about the podcast? we discuss 1992’s love song to workplace romance, “The Bodyguard,” a movie overshadowed by its insanely popular soundtrack and the sleepy stoicism of Kevin Costner’s performance.

Congrats all and thank you! I have heard your stories, your pain, your struggles, your achievements and I have truly felt you. West (“The Walking Dead”) and 11-year-old Allison Fernandez (“Jane the Virgin”). I have grown. This is hugely meaningful to me. And I’m wicked. I am here to let you know that I am the one who has been changed. I am forever changed. I have learned. Star Jennifer Morrison already announced she isn’t returning as Emma Swan for season 7, and now, more regulars are departing the show.Creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz revealed in a statement that Ginnifer Goodwin (Snow White), Josh Dallas (Prince Charming), Jared Gilmore (Henry), Emilie de Ravin (Belle), and Rebecca Mader (Zelena) will not be returning. Season 7 will reportedly focus on Lana Parrilla’s Regina, Robert Carlyle’s Rumplestiltskin, Colin O’Donoghue’s Captain Hook (who married Emma in last week’s episode), and two new characters played by Andrew J. I am told frequently both online and in person that by being a part of such a special show I have in some way changed someone’s life. Forever yours, Bex 💚A post shared by Rebecca Mader (@bexmader) on May 11, 2017 at 11:19pm PDT I invite you to come with me on this journey. The most important thing is that you all know how much you mean to me. I look forward to the next. They will be introduced in Sunday’s two-hour Season 6 finale.Here’s Mader’s farewell note to “OUAT” fans.To my Darling Pretties, First of all I would like to start by congratulating Adam, Eddie, Lana, Bobby and Colin on the pick up of Once Upon A Time! Posted May 12, 2017 by Kelly WooThe storybook isn’t closed on “Once Upon a Time,” though the cast of characters will be changing.ABC has renewed the fairy tale drama for a seventh season, which will see a major “reset” of the show. A lot of you have been asking if I will be joining everyone in Season 7, so I wanted to let you know personally that unfortunately I am not. Not just by playing such a well written multi-dimensional character but by the fandom itself. This wasn’t my choice but a creative decision of the shows that I totally respect and understand. I am a better person because of you, the fans and everyone that blessed me with this opportunity to play such an iconic role. And Wicked Always Wins. I am truly happy for you all and most importantly for the fans that will get to keep tuning in each week to see where they will take us.

Posted May 12, 2017 by Kelly WooMelissa McCarthy is hosting “Saturday Night Live” this weekend, which promises another hilarious impression of White House press secretary Sean Spicer.She’s already been spotted filming for some Spicer-related sketch in the streets of New York City, cruising around on a motorized version of the White House podium. The things you see in New York City. And with Alec Baldwin set to reprise his impression of Trump, “SNL” should yield some buzzworthy sketches Saturday.Check out McCarthy’s “SNL” promo, in which she sings “I’m So Pretty” while getting made up as Spicer: Melissa McCarthy riding Sean Spicer’s podium through Midtown
— Donie O’Sullivan (@donie) May 12, 2017Take two. Melissa McCarthy sliding through the streets of New York in full #SNL Sean Spicer character
— Samantha Barry (@samanthabarry) May 12, 2017.@melissamccarthy as @seanspicer cruising down 58th St.
— S. Mitra Kalita (@mitrakalita) May 12, 2017McCarthy is likely to savagely tweak Spicer for his much-derided attempt to hide in some bushes in an effort to dodge reporters’ questions about President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey.

I mean, in that case who could have known but I knew they would be more comfortable with each other at the end of the movie than they were going to be at the beginning of the movie. There were no metrics. Smith,” that was a case of sometimes having too much money. So I’ve experience with courageous studio heads. The opening of “Mr. It’s either the French police or an angry producer. And it’s not an easy role; a lot of lying in the dirt.What was it like making a movie for Amazon?Well, Amazon is making movies for the theater, so it’s not quite like making a movie for Netflix where it never even goes. It’s a story of survival, which is a lot of the experience of a solider in combat is like. & Mrs. It’s elegant, confident storytelling, anchored by a fine performance by Taylor-Johnson (further proof that he’s only boring when working with a filmmaker who doesn’t know what to do with him) and complete with a darkly twisted bummer ending that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.I got to sit down with Liman recently, and we talked about his decision to scale down to a movie of this size, what it’s like working for Amazon Studios, and how John Cena is the hardest working man in Hollywood.Moviefone: What precipitated this decision to do a smaller movie? So it didn’t feel like a small movie to me at all.In terms of the scale of the production, I believe in adjusting the size of the production so that I do my best work. & Mrs. I didn’t know how comfortable but I used that awkwardness of the first day and it’s on screen in a way that, no matter how good the actor is, there’s that extra thing that can’t be acted, because it’s real.So the fact that John Cena has such a hectic schedule and is traveling all over the place, I think that just adds to the fatigue and pushing through the fatigue that these soldiers have to deal with and he’s such a can-do guy. They didn’t know back on “Bourne Identity.” They know that’s part of what you get. Bob Berney and Ted Hope are in a league of their own.I don’t want to spoil the end of the film, but the end of the film is not what we originally shot. And I was like, I’m going to use the awkwardness of that first day of shooting and I’m going to just roll camera on it.And then there’s a scene with them in the same psychiatrist’s office at the end of the movie and I shot that at the last day of the shoot, which was a year later, when there’s obviously a level of comfort. Even on “The Wall,” Aaron Taylor-Johnson had somebody doing his hair and make-up.So when you talk about, am I burned out from the scale? Part of what I loved about Dwain {Worrell]’s script is that there’s no morality in it at all. I was probably more scared of the angry producer than the French police.Do the studios know that you’re going to get up to these shenanigans?I think they know now. And one of my friends who was there, John Freeman Gill, said, “I think there’s a cooler ending.” And he pitched the ending that I ultimately shot. & Mrs. We recognize that it’s probably less commercial but it’s a better movie. Smith” and the totally awesome sci-fi spectacle “Edge of Tomorrow.” Each film he makes seems to get bigger and bigger, with greater stars and more complicated visual effects.But this week, with the release of “The Wall,” Liman purposefully scaled things back. I know it’s going to scare you, so I’m not even going to ask you to pay for it. I don’t take “no” easily. First of all, those guys wrestle 52 weeks a year and he’s wrestling while he’s making our film. Also the way I make the movies, some aspect of it is always of the scale of “The Wall,” if not smaller. We can sit here in Hollywood and debate the morality of war but if you’re a solider in combat you don’t have that luxury. I called Bob and Ted and said, “I want to change the ending. And it’s run by two filmmakers, Ted Hope and Bob Berney, which is great. I squandered a lot of it early on and shot things we were never going to use. It’s interesting how uninterested the movie is in politics. I’m just telling you I’m going to go do it.” And they said, “That’s a great idea. You expect it more from John Cena since it’s still new for him. Were you burned out from the scale of these giant Hollywood movies at all?Doug Liman: Well, first off I fell in love with the script. No matter how big the movie is, you’ll find moments where I just went off with the actor and shot something. So now I just skip that step and think, Let me get right to the meat — what do I really need to make the movie? Like with “Swingers,” I was trying to raise a lot more money than we were eventually able to raise and I look back on that movie and I thought, Wow I was really lucky that we weren’t able to raise more money because it’s a better movie because of the decisions I had to make because we didn’t have more money. Posted May 12, 2017 by Drew TaylorDirector Doug Liman has had an unlikely career path, starting out in the world of micro-budget indies (films like “Swingers” and “Go”) and moving steadily through the studio ranks, kicking off the long-running “Bourne” franchise with “The Bourne Identity” and moving into things like “Mr. We love that ending. When you’re in the trenches making the movie you’ll cut it together but you’ll never have the experience of an audience, because you’re the one making the movie. Tom Cruise has the same graciousness, where he’s just excited to be on set every day and the guy has done like 50 movies. Which means that the kinds of movies I make are a little more independent thinking and independent minded than traditional studio fare. And somebody’s trying to kill them and they have to survive. He’s doing his own hair and make-up. The Germans are bad, they have to be stopped, the Japanese are bad, they have to be stopped. Luckily for the character, the physical ordeal of him having to fly in and go right to set, is a teeny taste of the actual experience the character he’s playing has, since he’s been out in the desert for 24 hours when the film starts. I think the smallest I’ve ever been is on “Go,” where I snuck into Santa Monica Airport with just one actor for a scene at night where I have the camera on the shoulder and a light in my other hand, so I don’t have a free hand. These soldiers don’t have the luxury of that. If there’s a better idea, I’m going to chase it.What about the script for “The Wall” appealed to you? So she and Brad had never actually met. And I learned that hard way. So I said, “I’m not asking you. And I make independent films within the studio system. I wasn’t trying to make a political movie at all. So go shoot and we’ll pay for it.” Honestly, I thought they were going to say “no,” but they’re filmmakers first and foremost. The actor had to turn the light on, roll my camera for me, step back to their mark because I had to film them, and then turn the camera off and turn the light off.So I wasn’t far from that on “Edge of Tomorrow” and the style of “Bourne Identity,” people talk about the shaky camerawork, a lot of that was because Matt Damon and I were sneaking into locations to film scenes where we didn’t have permission to shoot, either because the location wouldn’t give us permission or the studio told us we couldn’t shoot it. When I cast Angelina Jolie, she was in Thailand. I love World War II movies and pretty much, across the board, they never talk about morality of the war. Even “Edge of Tomorrow,” there are scenes in that movie with Tom Cruise alone where it’s just the two of us. So that shakiness is someone is chasing us while we’re trying to shoot the scene, for real. I had actually read the script as a writing sample. Part of what drew me to “Edge of Tomorrow” was that it was Tom Cruise battling aliens. And it’s not like these soldiers are getting a good night’s rest in these sweat boxes in these foreign operating bases. It was a more traditional ending and it was a happier ending and I tested the film, showed it to friends and family. It was just the gut instinct of a fellow filmmaker, which is what you get at Amazon.”The Wall” is in theaters now (and on Amazon much later). They are there. Amazon wants you to make it for a big screen. They realized there was a cooler ending. But we had endless intellectual debates about it because it was hard. And that’s a certain scale of movie that would best convey that and that’s the budget that we made it for.Like on “Mr. I loved the idea of checking my politics at the door.How did you decide when to look through the eyes of the sniper’s scope? But there’s kind of a “High Noon” quality of the film for me so that required seeing the sniper’s point of view.Can you talk about working with John Cena?I mean, I always thought Tom Cruise was the hardest working man in Hollywood until I met John Cena. They’re evil and they have to be stopped.And I was really drawn to the fact that you could do a movie set in Iraq that wasn’t about the morality at all. It’s the story of an American soldier (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) who, along with his squad mate (John Cena), are pinned against a crumbling stone wall by an unseen Iraqi sniper. When you think about Universal saying “yes” to me making “Bourne Identity” after I’ve made two independent movies, one for $200,000 and one for $3 million. They’ll put it on Amazon later but they want you to make it as a big cinematic experience. With “The Wall” I wanted it to be a certain type of story and be really intense and personal and feel like you were trapped behind that wall with Aaron Taylor-Johnson. It wasn’t submitted to me as something for me to direct. We used all of that.And I believe in using the stuff you naturally inherit and try to get it on screen. He’s just like, “Tell me what you need me to do and I’ll try to do it.” And [he’s] so appreciative of the opportunity, when obviously I feel extremely fortunate that he’s choosing to be in my film. I just couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t should we be there/should we not be there. There’s no morality at all, there’s just a job to be done. I’m not sure I can point to another filmmaker who has had studio executives who were as courageous as I’ve had. I’ll pay for it, just let me shoot it and show it to you.”Because I know that asking a studio to change an ending to something this dark and twisted is a bridge too far. We’re shooting in the Mojave desert and he’s wrestling in Asia, he’s wrestling in the Midwest, he’s hosting the ESPYs, all while we’re shooting our movie, and we only shot for three weeks. I just said, “Well who’s directing this one?” And they said, “We don’t have a director.” For me, “The Wall” is a really big idea. After I used up all that money my back was finally against the wall and I had to make the movie that ended up on screen. Was there ever a time when you didn’t see that at all?No, I was always going to see a little bit from the sniper’s point of view. Smith,” where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are in a psychiatrist’s office, I shot that on the very first day of the shoot. So there were a lot of intellectual conversations about whether you hear the sniper, what we allow you to hear or not hear about the sniper.

It was an incredible opportunity to work with Nancy Meyers and her daughter, Hallie, who is a first-time, female filmmaker.””Home Again” opens in theaters Sept. The movie definitely has that Nancy Meyers feeling — a woman starting over, messy love affairs, impeccable home decor. 8. Posted May 12, 2017 by Kelly WooReese Witherspoon isn’t content with being a “newly separated loser” in the trailer for the romantic comedy “Home Again.”Written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer (Nancy Meyers’ daughter), the movie centers on Alice, a woman separated from her husband (Michael Sheen) and trying to start fresh in Los Angeles with her two daughters. She served as a producer on her daughter’s movie. On an impulse, she invites three aspiring filmmakers (Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky) to live in her guest house. Romantic hijinks ensue, complicated by the unexpected arrival of Alice’s ex. Witherspoon told People, “I’ve seen ‘Private Benjamin’ and ‘It’s Complicated’ so many times, I can’t even count.

Posted May 12, 2017 by Sharon KnolleEven though “American Idol” is coming back, don’t look for original judge Simon Cowell to return with it.The opinionated Brit told Extra, “I was asked to do it, and the answer is no.” (Also not returning: Kelly Clarkson, who will be joining “The Voice” instead.)Cowell, who left the show in 2010, added, “I have no interest. But as he told “Extra,” as he headed to his new gig at “Live with Kelly and Ryan” yesterday, “I would love to do it, but I’ve got this job right now.” I left for a reason and I never regretted that.”He’s still judging aspiring entertainers, but over at NBC on “American’s Got Talent.”As for whether Ryan Seacrest will be back, a source tells “Extra” that he’s in “early discussions” to return to hosting. You can’t recreate that.”He went on, “Last time I watched, it was not the same show, just the same name. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul].

“Destroyers of shins” is what we call our glass coffee table. Aykroyd (who happens to hail from Canada) says he’s very honored that scientists named this “magnificent creature” after their own “terror dog” in the 1984 comedy-horror classic.The museum describes the newly dug-up beast thusly: “Like Zuul, the new species has a short, rounded snout and prominent horns behind the eyes. Well, in honor of that supernatural hound from hell, a newly discovered dinosaur that kind of looks like it has been dubbed Zuul crurivastator. Posted May 12, 2017 by Sharon KnolleRemember when Sigourney Weaver turned into a demonic dog in “Ghostbusters”? The shape of the horns and the ornaments on the skull are what identified Zuul as a species new to science. Its species name, crurivastator, means ‘destroyer of shins’ and references the incredible weapon-like tail club found with the skeleton.”Hey! Curse you, crurivastator!According to the Museum — in a press release that sounds like it was written by Egon (the late Harold Ramis) — the dino’s tail “could inflict serious damage on opponents, such as predatory theropods or maybe even other ankylosaurs competing for mates or territory.” After the Sumerian (not Babylonian) god Zuul, of course.Dan Aykroyd introduced the critter in a video just released by the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Besides King, the cast included Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, and Lili Taylor, who played different parts in each of the three seasons. Ken,” “Last Man Standing,” and the Jenna Elfman series “Imaginary Mary.” Posted May 12, 2017 by Sharon KnolleDespite racking up 14 Emmy nominations and two Emmy wins for Regina King, ABC has pulled the plug on its anthology series “American Crime,” Variety reports.The series was created by John Ridley (an Oscar winner for “12 Years a Slave”) and tackled such tough issues as race, class, sexual assault, and gender. “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Sandra Oh joined the cast for the third season as social worker Abby Tanaka.Sadly, the series was never a ratings winner.It’s not to be confused with the similarly named anthology series “American Crime Story” on FX, which tackled the OJ Simpson trial in its first season.Also just canceled by ABC: “Secrets and Lies,” “Dr.

But “The Sword in the Stone” is stunning.They were using Xerography, a cost-cutting method where animation cells were copied (Xeroxed) and have a scratchy line quality that one animator described as “hairy,” but the process had been defined and the lines are oftentimes smooth and sharp. So they make him do it again. And the color and action add to everything else that makes the movie so powerful (and memorable).5. It’s just so good.7. In fact, if there were to be one Arthurian adaptation that we would watch, over and over again, it’s got to be Walt Disney’s “Sword in the Stone.” Based on T.H. There’s Real HeartMaybe the most important thing that sets “Sword in the Stone” apart from other Arthurian adaptations is how much heart it has. Then there’s Arthur himself, looking rumpled and wearing a too-big coat (that animation, seriously). So for many, a pure dose of Arthurian legend (filtered through White’s, and later Disney’s, whimsical sensibilities) first came in the form of “The Sword in the Stone.” And that’s incredibly powerful. So Many Animal TransformationsSeriously. And it’s even more appreciated when holding it against something like the new “King Arthur,” which features magic that isn’t all that dazzling and giant creatures that can’t even stir half of emotions that come along, prepackaged, in “Sword in the Stone.”3. One action sequence is almost entirely obscured by a giant dust cloud, which is kind of a bummer because what’s going on inside that dust cloud is pretty cool. Other King Arthur movies may be concerned with the mud and the grit, but “Sword in the Stone” maintains a level of lived-in realness simply by the virtue of its somewhat handmade quality and somewhat pained production.6. White’s novel of the same name (part of his “Once and Future King” series) originally published in 1938, the animated tale has endured. Magic just happens to be a part of it.” That attitude somehow makes everything more magical. Merlin and young Arthur change into so many animals. But it later becomes clear that Wart is actually Arthur and that he’ll be the one to liberate the titular sword from the stone. Sure, there are cool representations of this in other movies, but nothing will give you the goose-bumps like this one. But often this just isn’t the case, and in recent years, in an effort to frame the fable in a historically accurate context, Merlin has become further and further removed. They were also responsible for the songs from “The Sword in the Stone,” which aren’t as lauded as the rest of their resume but just as good. And here’s why.1. Quite frankly, it’s the best King Arthur tale committed to film. Arthur takes the sword and then Kay (a roundtable knight in proper mythology) doesn’t believe him. It’s unclear why anyone (filmmaker or otherwise) would think this is a good idea after watching how well it plays out in “Sword in the Stone.”Merlin is fussy, for sure, but the care and attention he gives Arthur is pretty touching and the way that their relationship functions is quite intimate, with Merlin teaching Arthur all sorts of tricks to deal with the world (including some very magical ones) and Arthur acting the wide-eyed student, sometimes questioning but always listening intently and observing. It’s BeautifulOne of the problems that has befallen recent Arthurian adaptations, like 2004’s Jerry Bruckheimer-produced “King Arthur,” is that they insist on being “gritty” and “realistic” which oftentimes translates to “colorless,” “muddy,” and “bland.” While there’s certainly a spring in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword’s” step, it’s not exactly breathtaking. But the joke was on them, because Walt didn’t notice. It’s just great. If it had been awful, then we would have all grown up thinking Arthurian legend was stupid and lame. Hey, it doesn’t hurt, right?2. And it’s amazing. There’s Something Lovably Crummy About ItSure, the animation is gorgeous (particularly the character animation) but “The Sword in the Stone” is also, for lack of a better phrase, lovably crummy. Posted May 12, 2017 by Drew TaylorThere are many movies based on Arthurian legend (or at least tangentially related to Arthurian legend), everything from “Excalibur” to “Unidentified Flying Oddball” (look it up). You could watch the movie and just focus on Merlin’s beard the entire time and be absolutely dazzled. This week sees the release of the latest adaptation in the form of Guy Ritchie’s bro-y, wise-cracking take on the material, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.”This new adaptation is exciting and fun but it’s not definitive. It’s magical in an offhanded way, where there’s not a lot of pomp and circumstance. Look them up. Also: none of the other movies have the transformative event witnessed by a wisecracking owl.8. It’s plain as day.) Some of the design work is noticeably lo-fi and there’s the matter of Wart nee Arthur being voiced by three different children (because of how long the production took) which is very clear when you watch the movie. Other, goofier versions of the story, like every take on Twain’s “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” stray too far from the original material. (I love it because it’s the actual animator’s line that’s making it to the screen, not someone from a different department painting over those lines.) And just look at the color in this movie and the character animation. It’s amazing! But we know that it’s totally awesome because we saw “The Sword in the Stone.” And we probably tried to pull the sword out of the anvil when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World. Heart is what sets Disney movies apart from everything else and in “Sword in the Stone,” it’s positively overflowing.9. That’s a good twist, and while there are King Arthur adaptations that try to squeeze in some twists (there are a fair share in “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword”), none packs the emotional punch of the twist here. There’s the gently falling snow, the heavenly beam of light, the choral soundtrack. Watching the movie as a young child, it becomes something that you expect in other movies, with Arthur having a familial bond with Merlin. The songs are so good, in fact, that they breathe life into stories that could have been seen as old fashioned or dull.4. Seriously. The Sword Pulling Scene Is UnforgettableWhenever I think of Arthur pulling Excalibur out of the stone, I always think about how it’s rendered in “Sword in the Stone.” There’s something about that moment that is just so profound, and how it’s just offhandedly presented. The feature was made during a time at the studio when Walt was losing interest in animation and was moving on to bigger, better, more technologically innovative things. “Higitus Figitus” is so good and jazzy (some of the enchanted objects predate “Beauty and the Beast”) and “That’s What Makes the World Go Round” has such a wonderful life-lesson-y quality to it. That TwistThroughout most of “The Sword in the Stone,” the main character is referred to as Wart. (It was released in December, 1963, just months before the 1964 World’s Fair would open in Queens and with a handful of pavilions, would help radically alter the cosmology of the company.)The animators, always a sensitive bunch, felt the need to alert Walt to this by turning Merlin into a caricature of their beloved leader. There’s no “oh, look at how cool this is.” It’s just, “this is how Merlin and his owl sidekick and all of these medieval people exist. It’s so charming and deeply moving. It’s Super MagicalAnd that’s the first thing that you notice; it’s super magical. For Many, It’s the First Arthurian Legend They Were Exposed ToJohn Boorman’s “Excalibur,” arguably the most true-to-the-tale adaptation (and a cult favorite), is rated R. (Look at Merlin’s nose, then look at Walt’s. The Songs Are GreatRichard and Robert Sherman, “The Boys” (as Walt Disney called them), are responsible for some of the most well-known songs in the Disney playbook, including “Feed the Birds” from “Mary Poppins” and the “It’s a Small World” theme music.

Now what? Today I’m happy to share an exclusive with my readers: a detailed look at how NetGalley’s Stuart Evers and Myfanwy Collins went from manuscript to publication. 10:00: The conventional approach
12:30: Tips for finding an agent
19:00: What happens if a publisher accepts you
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25:30: How work is submitted
28:45: Submissions tools
32:30: Pre-publication marketing
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50:00: Q&A Myfanwy Collins is the author of a novel for adults, a collection of stories, and a novel for young adults, as well as the office manager at   Firebrand Technologies   (NetGalley’s parent company), and manager of social media for   Bookish   (NetGalley’s sister site). They offer a comprehensive look at their publishing experience, including marketing and PR advice. Stuart Evers is a former commissioning editor and now author of two collections of stories and a novel, as well as the   NetGalley   UK Community Manager. Here’s an overview of what you’ll find in   the hour-long discussion, with time stamps:

1:45: How to write a book
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ET/PT on Showtime. — Andrew Francis (@versio1n) May 11, 2017Ferrer’s death was one of a series of recent losses for “Twin Peaks” fans; it was followed by the deaths of Michael Parks in May and Warren Frost in February. Posted May 11, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongExciting as the return of “Twin Peaks” is, the latest teaser brought a sad reminder: Not all of the series’ stars are still with us.Miguel Ferrer appears as his FBI agent character Albert Rosenfield in the preview, released Thursday, in what turned out to be his final TV role.
— best of twin peaks (@twinpeakstuff) May 11, 2017Today’s Thing That Will Get Me Through the Day: new clip of David Lynch grabbing Miguel Ferrer’s shoulder and yelling “Albert!”
— Andrew Ihla 🦉 (@AndrewIhla) May 11, 2017Reminder that there is apparently “a lot” of Miguel Ferrer in the new season of Twin Peaks, and that sometimes we are blessed. Great to see Miguel Ferrer as Albert, and looks like the interior of the Great Northern hasn’t changed much! — Andrew Ihla 🦉 (@AndrewIhla) May 11, 2017It is happening again! With the actor having died in January after battling throat cancer, the scene underscores the loss of a cast member who had been with the series from the beginning. Seeing Rosenfield and his FBI colleague Cole Gordon (David Lynch) together again was long overdue.Many fans noted Ferrer’s appearance and turned to Twitter as an outlet for their emotions.Just seeing Miguel Ferrer makes me cry. So good to see Miguel Ferrer properly in this, I’m hopeful and confident that it will be worthy of his last efforts. “Twin Peaks” returns May 21 at 9 p.m. Ferrer played Rosenfield for two seasons, plus appeared in the 1992 film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.”Heartbreaking as it is, we’re glad the series was revived while the actor was still alive. I am so glad he was able to be in season 3 before he passed. Luckily, the revival is the perfect way to remember their lives and work.
— James Goldson (@JGldTweet) May 11, 2017@ThatsOurWaldo Best so far.

The singer has appeared on the show multiple times before, both as as an adviser and performer. Posted May 11, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongIn spite of rumors that Kelly Clarkson would return to the “American Idol” reboot as a judge, the first winner of the reality singing competition show is headed to its competitor instead.NBC’s “The Voice” has locked down Clarkson as a Season 14 judge, Variety reports. As popular as “The Voice” is, it hasn’t produced any musicians with a career like hers.[via: Variety] She’ll sit in one of the panel’s spinning chairs alongside Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, plus one more still unnamed judge. Apparently, her addition has been one NBC has been hoping to make happen for quite some time now.”We’ve gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn’t been right until now,” Clarkson said, according to Variety.Although “American Idol” is the show most people associate with Clarkson given that it launched her career, she has a past relationship with “The Voice,” too. As a judge, we’ll see if Clarkson can help any of the contestants become as successful in the industry as she has been.