The person behind the blog was eventually outed, so any revival would have to deal with that.We may never get more of the Upper East Side gang, but it’s nice to know that Lively is at least willing to consider the possibility.Xoxo.[via: Variety] Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongSpotted: Blake Lively talking about a “Gossip Girl” reunion.It looks like six seasons of playing Serena van der Woodsen wasn’t necessarily Lively’s limit. The former “Gossip Girl” star discussed the possibility of a revival of the CW drama during a recent interview with Variety, and she revealed that she is willing to consider it should the opportunity arise.”I don’t know. Why not?” she said when asked if Netflix could reboot the series.Of course, she wouldn’t reprise her role for just any revival attempt. They eventually aged out of school, but one thing that stayed constant was a the mysterious blogger “Gossip Girl” revealing their secrets online. “Would I do seven years of the show? No, because it’s hard work and I’ve got my babies, and I don’t want to be away from them that much.”Returning to New York City, though, seems like something Lively would enjoy if a “Gossip Girl” reunion came to pass.”We had so much fun shooting and living and working in New York City,” she said.When it began airing, the series followed a group of students at an elite high school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Lively specified that she’d only want to be involved “if it was good, [and] if it made sense.” Plus, signing on for several seasons doesn’t sound appealing to her — not as a mother of two.”It sort of all depends,” she said.
Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere were a number of impassioned reactions to Bill O’Reilly’s ousting from Fox News on Wednesday, and two very different ones came from just one man: Stephen Colbert.While the “Late Show” host wasn’t sad to see Bill O’Reilly go, he brought back his conservative pundit persona Stephen Colbert, who felt differently. Ah, to be a fly on that wall.For the return of the pundit Stephen Colbert, watch below, starting around 3:50.”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. (O’Reilly has denied the allegations against him.) The pundit also offered O’Reilly a strange form of solace: living in a mountain cabin with him and Jon Stewart. Saying goodbye was painful for him, but he got his chance.In his hilarious return, Colbert shamed the nation for having “failed” O’Reilly and informed us that we “didn’t deserve this great man.” He had plenty say on the world we live in now as well, and expressed surprise that sexual harassment is now a crime. ET/PT on NBC. The character — who first appeared on “The Daily Show” in 1997 before getting his own series, the satirical “The Colbert Report” — is, naturally, Bill O’Reilly’s biggest fan.
It involves two important characters and has an outcome we can totally see happening: Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) killing Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey).Writes Dremling:To quote the end of Cersei’s prophecy, “When your tears have drowned you, the Valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.”Since the Valonqar is Valyrian for the little brother, most people think that Jaime, or maybe Tyrion, will kill Cersei. If there’s any family that has a score to settle with Cersei, it is House Stark. Jon’s Targaryen connection remains a secret to many in Westeros, but it seems likely to play a big role in the episodes ahead. Jon may not actually be the illegitimate son of Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) as we were led to believe for so many seasons, but he is still Ned’s nephew. [via: Reddit; h/t: The Independent] I think that in a show as unpredictable of Game of Thrones, this is too obvious. But saying this in Valyrian suggests that the person will have Valyrian blood.The Targaryens have Valyrian blood. So Cersei’s murderer could be anyone who is a little brother. Jon Snow is a Targaryen. The last Targaryen to sit on the Iron Throne, Aerys (also known as the Mad King), was killed by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), so there’s a symmetry to a Lannister ruler being taken out by a Targaryen.Let’s not forget the Stark angle, either. He wants to kill Cersei. There would make for some poetic justice, that’s for sure. We may not find out whether or not the theory is correct during “Game of Thrones” Season 7, but with the following season being the last, the answer is definitely coming. He is the little brother of Rhaenys and Aegon. I think it is very likely that he does.This theory works for a number of reasons. Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere’s nothing like a good “Game of Thrones” fan theory to get you through the months when the HBO fantasy drama series is off the air.Lately, a theory posted on Reddit by a user called Dremling has gained popularity. The Valonqar means “the little brother”, not Cersei’s little brother.
To do anything else would be not only irresponsible, but dangerous.”It is hard to say what the right approach is. As he sat there doing it, though, he said he remembered the story of a woman he had met in rehab. He flushed the pills and forced himself to vomit.With the experience that he had, Sheff wanted “13 Reasons Why” to “dispel the myth of the quiet drifting off.” Doing so, he argues, will make people consider what will actually happen if they act on their plans.”I’m proud to be a part of a television series that is forcing us to have these conversations, because silence really does equal death,” Sheff writes. “It was an instant reminder that suicide is never peaceful and painless, but instead an excruciating, violent end to all hopes and dreams and possibilities for the future.”That memory saved Sheff’s life. She had tried to kill herself in the same way, only to end up in horrible pain and with serious injuries.”The whole story came back to me in heightened detail,” Sheff writes in his op-ed. Posted April 20, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere are numerous reasons why “13 Reasons Why” has gotten a lot of love since it debuted, but there are also reasons why the Netflix series has inspired criticism.The biggest has been concern that the show glamorizes teen suicide, an argument that Nic Sheff, one of the show’s writers found “quite surprising.” In an op-ed for Vanity Fair, he defended how the drama depicted the suicide of high school student Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), all the way through its agonizing end.The subject matter hit particularly close to home for Sheff, who attempted suicide himself years ago. “We need to keep talking, keep sharing, and keep showing the realities of what teens in our society are dealing with every day. He felt it was important to show not just the decision, but the aftermath “with as much detail and accuracy as possible.” This was important to him because understanding the reality of suicide was what saved him.Sheff, who struggled with drug addiction at the time of his attempt, felt “complete and utter defeat.” He gathered all the pills he had and began taking them with a bottle of whiskey. Either way, though, Sheff is correct: The series has got people talking.[via: Vanity Fair] Mental health professionals have taken both sides, with some recommending that graphic descriptions of suicide be avoided, as the Chicago Tribune reports, and others actually serving as consultants on the series.
“I don’t write this stuff. From the initial conceit of Deckard [Shaw], I’ve never really thought of him as a bad guy. So, more to come.”Huh. Times, when discussing the fan hashtag. But I can tell you this: We will definitely be talking more about Han. Look, I am literally the biggest Han/Sung Kang fan in the world. Like us on Facebook. Jason Statham told the Times he’s never been interested in playing some “villainous baddie that wants to blow up the world and steal all the money and the typical cliché villain type things.” He added:”It was really important for me to get involved on a level where I could get behind the character. What can I tell you?”The guy who did write it is screenwriter/producer Chris Morgan, who hinted to answers ahead in the next two sequels.”Justice for Han … “I know,” she said “When [Deckard] was introduced, they didn’t even think for us to give him any flack when he walked in. You know it doesn’t fly like that!'”So what happened? Times talked to the cast and filmmakers about it, and Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz) is 100 percent with fans. He was definitely against our team but he’s a guy with a code who loves his family.”It sounds like we might get more background on Shaw ahead. Here’s where Rodriguez gets candid:”At the end of the day, you’re talking about a Hollywood demographic blockbuster character overriding story. But [Chris Morgan] likes to annoy the fans and please the fans and get all these angry protests. There’s still time to turn this car around, now that the producers do understand how much fans still care about Han.The ninth and tenth “Fast” movies are scheduled for released on April 19, 2019, and April 2, 2021, respectively.Want more stuff like this? “I think you’ll learn a lot more about it, and I don’t know if that hashtag will be the appropriate one to put on it down the road. And we were like, ‘Yo, dude, this guy killed one of our boys! justice for Han,” he repeated to the L.A. That’s the battle that you have when you make movies this big. They were like, ‘We know that the grand majority of the audience wants to see this guy be on your side, so that overrides the fact that he killed one of your guys.’ I was like, ‘I don’t know if that’s going to fly when we hit the Asian markets, but all right,'” she laughed. And you know, that whole episode has not fully detailed exactly what happened. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneYou may have noticed — or even contributed to — the hashtag #JusticeforHan after watching “The Fate of the Furious,” and The Powers That Be have taken note.Fans were not happy to see the movie end with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) being welcomed into Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) family when we know Shaw killed Dom’s crew buddy Han (Sung Kang).Did they forget about him?The L.A. I’m not going to say anything more than that! And here’s some bad news for fans still hoping that Han didn’t die and is secretly alive out there: “He did die,” Morgan confirmed, and the Times noted that he sounded apologetic.So if Han is staying dead, will what Shaw did be justified somehow? But I would say this.
Are they looking down at King Jon Snow and planning to take over?The Hound is back. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneThank the gods, old and new, for the 15 sexy as bleep photos HBO just released to promote “Game of Thrones” Season 7.The photos show most of our favorites in action, from Dany in brand new Westerosi attire to Tormund once again giving Brienne THAT look. We live.Send a raven. She came to rule, whether she starts her reign in King’s Landing or not. — and what is she doing?These two. The ice to Dany’s fire. We’ve heard she and Grey Worm have some fun at some point this year. Will he reunite with Sansa Stark, and/or Arya Stark, and/or Brienne?Queen Cersei Lannister still rules the Seven Kingdoms from the Iron Throne and — despite that odd look Jaime gave his twin in the Season 6 finale — Jaime is still by her side.Speaking of Arya Stark, here she is. Meera Reed and Bran are suffering out there in the cold, but we’ll need the wisdom and visions of the new Three-eyed Raven in the Great War against the White Walkers.Look at our gorgeous Queen Dany. Is he being taken to The North? Sam is continuing his training at the Citadel while Gilly now knows enough to help him with his research.It has sucked to be Bran Stark since the end of the pilot episode, but now they don’t even have Hodor to help drag him around. Ahem.Varys ended Season 6 joining Team Dany and now here he is, looking wary — as one of her advisers?Tyrion is Dany’s Hand of the King but he does not look pleased in this outdoor photo, standing in front of her army.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO.Want more stuff like this? He’s the reluctant ruler of the North, as decided for him by still another group of people in the Season 6 finale. He tried to give the North to Sansa, but nope. There’s Littlefinger in the background, glancing over at Sansa and planning his next move.Dany’s loyal sidekick, Missandei, is still with her — in her own Westerosi attire — in Season 7. See them all: https://t.co/jCVym1eicIpic.twitter.com/LGE5GZ42Vu
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) April 20, 2017Here’s a breakdown of each pic:• Above, you can see Daenerys Targaryen and her crew — Missandei, Tyrion Lannister, Varys, and Grey Worm.Here are Tormund and Brienne, reuniting at last for more ogling.Petyr Baelish and Sansa Stark look like they’re plotting from Winterfell. Love love love. Behold the first official photos from #GoTS7. He’s surrounded by soldiers, although he does not seem to be in fighting mode himself. This looks like a shot straight out of the Season 6 finale, when Lyanna Momont spoke up to suggest Jon as King in the North. He can’t get a rest.Ser Davos is so Team Jon he even pushed for Melisandre to bring Jon back from the dead — something he never asked her about for all of the other dead people he knew, including King Stannis and his own children.All Hail the Mini Queen! Like us on Facebook. She looks like she’s already listening to an audience at her own court. But where is she — some kind of pub? Can’t wait to see how she takes control.Here he is: King Jon Snow.
OUAT airs Sundays at 8 p.m. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneGoodbye, Dark Swan; hello, happy, glowing White Swan Bride walked down the aisle by both parents. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? (Sniff.)The May 7 musical episode of “Once Upon a Time” Season 6 is also the hour when our Savior Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) marries Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), and Entertainment Weekly got the first photo from the episode.The image shows Emma walked down the aisle by both Dad Prince Charming (Josh Dallas) and Mom Snow White. As Horowitz teased, “Weddings on the TV series ‘Once Upon a Time’ traditionally are fraught with unexpected circumstances. It airs May 7. Like us on Facebook. (Ginnifer Goodwin said Snow White would be something of a “bridezilla mom” about the wedding.) Meanwhile, Emma’s son Henry (Jared Gilmore) is off to the side, next to adopted Mom Regina (Lana Parrilla), holding his storybook.”Once” co-showrunners Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis told TVLine they want this wedding to be intimate and show “a real milestone in Emma’s growth.” They’re also hoping to make some fans cry, which will definitely happen. However, we should also expect some surprises. And this is no different.”Season 6, Episode 20, “The Song in Your Heart,” will have seven original songs, sung by many cast members.
We’ll stay tuned for more teases as the months go by.Want more stuff like this? The Season 8 premiere is also the 100th episode of the series, so it’s meant to be extra special.Without spoiling anything, Riggs teased some “good” stuff ahead:just finished reading 801 of twd and oooo man it’s good
— chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017He also shared something a bit surprising — that the time between the finale airing and getting the premiere script for the new season is his favorite time of year. The new season will start airing on AMC in October. This tweet from TWD executive producer Gale Anne Hurd may be a hint on that:We Hope You Ship Carl & Enid, These TWD Stars Are Getting Way More Screen Time! Katelyn Nacon — who plays Carl’s zombie apocalypse girlfriend, Enid — just got bumped up to series regular, which probably means good things for her relationship with Carl. https://t.co/jfY0nmvKgz via @creators Congrats @KatelynNacon
— Gale Anne Hurd (@GunnerGale) April 19, 2017It may also mean good things for Enid’s continued relationship with adopted mom Maggie (Lauren Cohan), also making her the most likely future babysitter for both Baby Gleggie and Baby Judith, wherever Judith happens to be.”The Walking Dead” usually films from early May to late November/early December, with the first big trailer coming out in July at Comic-Con. But that time is over for this year.Andrew Lincoln has already hyped the 100th episode, expecting it to be one of the greatest ever, picking up directly from the Season 7 finale’s declaration of All Out War. Like us on Facebook. In that brief span of not quite a month, he and the fans are on the same (blank) page:
but tbh the coolest part of every year for me is between the airing of the season finale and getting the first script of the new season
— chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017mainly bc i get to speculate with fans on what will happen without any bias
— chandler riggs (@chandlerriggs) April 19, 2017Yeah, he doesn’t have to lie or be evasive to avoid spoilers, he can just guess like the rest of us. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Walking Dead” Season 8 will soon start filming, and cast members like Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) are just getting their scripts for the first episode.
— Danai Gurira (@DanaiGurira) April 14, 2017
The all-star “Black Panther” cast includes Michael B. Like us on Facebook. #ThatsaWrap.”Here are more recent posts from Boseman:Looked so good I ate my own face. 2,” also got to see some early “Black Panther” footage. Ali #BlackPantherpic.twitter.com/eUE4Q762eW
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) March 8, 2017Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, head of the all-female special forces of Wakanda, wrapped her role earlier this week and shared a cast/crew photo:
Just wrapped @theblackpanther yesterday. #BlackPanther
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) April 19, 2017How I arrive to set every day. Jordan as a Wakandan exile who wants to overthrow T’Challa; Martin Freeman as Everett K. That footage has yet to be made available to the public, but we’re on standby for more official releases, including a trailer this summer (maybe during Comic-Con).Boseman has been sharing some set photos, and today he celebrated the end of filming in a photo with co-star Lupita Nyong’o (who plays Nakia, a special forces bodyguard and T’Chala’s love interest), along with director Coogler, and actor Sydelle Noel.We did it, We did it. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.”Black Panther” was shot in Atlanta and South Korea, and is scheduled for release in theaters on February 16, 2018.Want more stuff like this? #WakandaForever#BlackPantherpic.twitter.com/6b04ocGLzc
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) April 20, 2017Noel retweeted the post, writing, “Yes, we did! #BlackPanther#BTSpic.twitter.com/lpJ1KzlbLu
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) April 14, 2017″Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – M. …and making history. Ross of the Joint Counter Terrorism Center; Angela Bassett as T’Challa’s mother; plus Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, and Sterling K. Thanks to @auragin & DJ Juda – and who knew Martin Freeman could play drums?! Sweet Toothed Panther. #Wakandaforever! Love these wonderful people I got to share this journey with. Brown.Here’s the official movie synopsis from Marvel:”Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneAnd that’s a wrap for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” Chadwick Boseman’s highly anticipated solo film, directed by Ryan Coogler, has finished principal photography for its 2018 release.Boseman debuted T’Challa/Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War,” and the critics who got to see an advance screening of the next Marvel Cinematic Universe film, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.
Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you happen to be spending Springtime in Paris, keep an eye out for Henry Cavill. (Are they about to jump off something?) There’s no official word yet on Cavill’s role, or what Cruise’s Ethan Hunt and Ferguson’s Ilsa Faust will be up to this time.Here’s more from the filmmakers:Ilsa’s back…A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Apr 14, 2017 at 6:24pm PDT…A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Apr 15, 2017 at 10:23am PDT…A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Apr 17, 2017 at 2:56pm PDTHi Everyone! He’s running around out there — literally running, since he’s training for the Durrell Challenge while filming “Mission: Impossible 6.” DC’s Superman is a new addition to the M:I world, joining Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, and director Christopher McQuarrie as they film the sixth movie in the franchise for its 2018 release.Filming started earlier this month, with Tom Cruise almost immediately up on a roof for a stunt. Far more beautiful than I remember in fact. #Paris #DurrellChallenge #CookieDusterA post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Apr 15, 2017 at 1:18pm PDTKal practising his hero pose #NoseNeighbourA post shared by Henry Cavill (@henrycavill) on Apr 19, 2017 at 10:30am PDT…A post shared by Christopher McQuarrie (@christophermcquarrie) on Apr 19, 2017 at 1:09pm PDTVing Rhames, Simon Pegg, and Alec Baldwin are all expected to return to M:I6 as well. As you can see, I’m here in beautiful Paris. I’m back! Which is a good thing because the Durrell Challenge is just around the corner. Like us on Facebook. The action film is currently scheduled for release July 27, 2018.Want more stuff like this? How’re you all doing with your running? Both McQuarrie and Cavill have kept fans up-to-date with beautiful Parisian photos to remind us that they are living the dream out there while we’re doing whatever we’re doing.The photo at top (in full below) with the director, Cruise, and Cavill shows the actors geared up for some kind of night stunt. So much so that its been inspiring me to get out and about and do as much running as possible.
Lifetime renewed “Project Runway” for at least three more seasons, with PR Season 16 expected later this year.Want more stuff like this? But Sean Kelly is from Wellington, NZ, so it’s nice to give a shoutout to a local boy.Tim Gunn is always pretty candid — about the Kardashians, fashion trends, how the fashion industry has let down women over size 12. It was a breath of fresh air that dramatically contrasted with the main show melodrama.Gunn told the NZ site that his favorite season was the one that Sean Kelly won — Season 13 — “because there were no games, there was no unnecessary drama and all the designers wanted to do was create the best work possible.” Gonna have to disagree with that argument, since there was plenty of drama with Korina and Char, and Char staying on the show past other designers (like Korina and Emily) who produced stronger work. I find it to be very unprofessional and offensive.”He’s not done, though. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Project Runway” mentor Tim Gunn was open about how much he “hated” “Project Runway” Season 14, but he’s not done criticizing the Lifetime series — and he’s making some good points.Gunn said he’s “sick” of the “mean-spirited” regular season judges, and dramatic designers who just “want to be TV characters.” Gunn put the show on blast while promoting “Project Runway: Junior” to New Zealand news site stuff.co.nz, saying he loves the “Junior” series and its judges — and wishes the main show was more like the spinoff.”I’d had very, very little experience working with younger people but I have to tell you, I love it so much that if I had to choose between regular Runway and Project Runway Junior, I would choose Junior in a heartbeat.”He praised “Junior” judges Christian Siriano, Hannah Jeter, Aya Kanai, and Kelly Osbourne:”They listen, they take responsibility for their actions, they’re not blaming anyone else, they are very professional in their behavior and their decorum, and they’re not backbiting or being snarky or nasty about things.”(UNLIKE THOSE OTHER JUDGES.)Here’s how he feels about the main PR judges, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Zac Posen:”I am sick of our regular season judges and their attempts to outwit each other and come up with a remark they think is adorable and cute but which is, in fact, piercing and mean-spirited. Like us on Facebook. He’s also upset with the regular season designers:”I have to say this – the adults, some of them, they want to be TV characters and once they arrive it would appear that that’s why they’re really there.”He’s right. This has been a steady complaint from fans for a long time — especially when “Junior” showed up with polite, mature, drama-free designers. I don’t like it.
“Mall Cop” has a 33 percent RT rating (and an Audience Score of 43 percent), vs the 31 percent for “Passengers.” “Passengers” has a “B” on Cinemascore, though, which does show that fans liked it more than critics. I personally think the movie is very good, I’m very proud of it. But to each his own.Want more stuff like this? It did, it really did. Posted April 20, 2017 by Gina CarboneChris Pratt’s new film “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. It was definitely a lesson. I was really caught off guard by that. “Passengers” had a reported budget of $110 million and made $100 million in its domestic release, and just shy of $200 million overseas for a total just under $300 million.Meanwhile, the “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel (out in theaters May 5) will probably break some box office records and get very high ratings from both critics and fans. It is what it is and I’m proud of it.”Pratt added that the movie “did just fine” to make money back for the studio. […] But the critical score was disproportionately negative compared to the Cinemascore. It got the same rating on Rotten Tomatoes as ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop,’ maybe worse.”Yep, worse. I’ll be curious to see if it holds up — the criticism and the movie. 2″ is enjoying massive early acclaim, which is in stark contrast to his last film, “Passengers.” The pitch of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence in a romantic sci-fi action movie — it seemed like a can’t miss, and Pratt even praised “Passengers” as “maybe the best script I had ever read.” So when the movie came out, and critics hated it, and fans only kinda liked it, it was a surprise for everyone.”Passengers” currently has a 31 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an Audience Score higher at 64 percent. He hesitated, then answered:”Yeah. Like us on Facebook. Many critics called out a key aspect of the plot as creepy, stalking, and even Stockholm Syndrome.Variety asked Pratt if criticism of the film surprised him. So I’ll just stop talking. (But “Passengers” initially looked like a potential blockbuster, so even a B is kinda disappointing.)However, Pratt is not angling to get into a fight over this, telling Variety: “I never want to be in a situation where I’m blaming critics for not liking a movie.
Can you talk about what movies you were inspired by and how Scorsese became attached?”The Friends of Eddie Coyle” was a big one for me, just the coldness and the stripped structure and the harshness of it. It’s great fun, in the grungiest way possible, starting out as stately and mannered before descending into hellish depravity. Being such a film fan it’s really the pinnacle of fandom to get to chat with Scorsese. It was more you do a take based on the script and you do a take that you can put back into your own words. It was all very deliberate in the way that it was made.Brie Larson told me there was still a degree of improvisation you allowed with the actors. It’s more about interpersonal relationships of characters in the moment. You are just reduced to surviving. Was it hard to juggle the more technical stuff with what you were trying to do with the characters?Yes. Not particularly. You didn’t mention this project but you always have a long list of things you’re going to get to. It’s the fact that you go from being a person with a future who is thinking about their holiday and has their mortgage to pay and is thinking about the girl they want to go out with in one minute and then in the next minute they’re crawling around on the ground going, “Am I going to live through the next 30 seconds?” That is not a position where you start remembering things that happened in the past or becoming introspective. It’s interesting. The film is set in a single location (a ramshackle warehouse in Boston), and features a host of colorful underworld types (played by, amongst others, Armie Hammer, Sharlto Copley, Cillian Murphy, and Brie Larson) as they fight, shoot, and curse at each other. Because it was much more flying cameras and steadicams and techno-cranes and all of those things that weren’t likely to appear in a ’70s film because they weren’t invented. It’s not improvisation; it’s more paraphrasing than it was just letting people make stuff up. But another film that was influential, which wasn’t a ’70s film, was “Evil Dead 2” (photo above). That was the road to it.You’ve talked about how it was inspired by movies from the ’70s and you even have Martin Scorsese on as an executive producer. And Scorsese I met through my agent and I knew that he’d liked “Kill List” because he’d done interviews and mentioned it. Like all other of Wheatley’s films, it’s got a nasty subversive streak, too. I thought, Well, I’ll use that as my in to see if I can get a meeting. There’s a lot of planning that has to go into it. It’s mainly practical effects. Posted April 20, 2017 by Drew TaylorIf you’ve seen any of British filmmaker Ben Wheatley’s movies, then you know to expect the unexpected. It became more apparent as we were making it, but that level of swinging the camera around and the slapstick elements of it. And there had been another script that was about close-quarter combat stuff that I’d done which was more of a psychedelic thing. So I thought there’d be a story in there. So that could be a lot looser. And I think the psychedelic stuff ended up being “Field in England” and there are elements of “Free Fire” in “Field of England” as well, to a degree. It’s kind of what happens in a way situation or even in the current news cycle, where in one minute there’s a fact that in the next second means something completely different, and no one can remember how we got here.One movie we did talk about back in 2012 is “Freakshift.” Are you excited about getting Armie involved and finally shooting?Yeah, man. You want to have an environment where people are ready and willing to risk stuff.Did you have all of these characters’ back-stories worked out, and what all of their relationships were before they end up at the warehouse?Yeah, totally. When I listen to the performers tell me the back-story they’ve made up for their characters, I just say, “Yeah, OK, I have no idea what you’re talking about.” But it doesn’t matter. There’s hardly any CG in the whole film. You make a lot of decisions early on in terms of the setting of the explosives into walls and pillars and all of that stuff. Because they’re all on their feet and there’s no pyrotechnics and stuff. That’s the thing that made me interested in the project. And that if you read this transcript it’s incredible how messy and chaotic the whole thing is, and how sharply in contrast that is to how Hollywood movies treat this kind of situation. Shutting people down and telling them their ideas are no good is not the recipe for happy performances. I’m kind of glad I didn’t make it back then, because I’ve got so much more experience now and I think it would be an overwhelmingly complicated movie to make straight after “Kill List.” But it’s great that it’s finally getting there.”Free Fire” opens Friday. This movie doesn’t glamorize shootouts or gunplay; Wheatley makes sure you feel every bullet.So it was a real thrill to get to talk to Wheatley about “Free Fire,” its unlikely inspiration, and his next film — a monster mash called “Freakshift” (starring Hammer and Alicia Vikander) that I last spoke to him about way back in 2012.The last time I talked to you was back in 2012. It’s amazing. In a lot of ways, it’s about reduction of character not about the expansion of it. But it had been bubbling around for a long time. I want to see what they’ve got, whatever they’ve got, and if we’ve got the time to shoot it, we’ll do it. So I went and met with him and we spent a couple of hours chatting and it went on from there.With this movie, you move away from the slicker elements of action filmmaking but still have to keep things in mind, like geography and spatial relationships. And that’s just dangerous and difficult and time-consuming. It was realizing that it was possible for highly trained people to have a close-quarter battle for quite some time and miss quite a lot. We were making it and thinking, This is more [Sam] Raimi than it is the cooler end of ’70s stuff. But how relevant that is to the film? But it originally came from reading a transcript of a shootout in Miami that the FBI had done. “No” is not something I say to actors. The director, who started his career with the charming crime comedy “Down Terrace,” has made a handful of films, each different than the last, from psyche-scrambling horror movie “Kill List” to pitch-black dark comedy “Sightseers” to psychedelic historical drama “A Field in England” to gonzo literary adaptation “High-Rise.” (He also, it should be noted, directed two wildly ambitious episodes of “Doctor Who” at the start of Peter Capaldi’s run.)His latest film (opening this week) is “Free Fire,” and acts as his take on the 1970s American crime thriller. Was that important for you?The thing is, when they’re talking, which is the first third of the film, that stuff is easy to handle. When did you start thinking about “Free Fire”?I think “Free Fire” was written after “Sightseers,” if I remember.
In addition, throughout the summer, I’m teaching a series of online classes with the Authors Guild on the following topics—all free to members. I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been working with The Authors Guild on the creation and release of their new resource guide on self- and e-publishing, available for free to active members. You may be wondering: how does one qualify to be a member of The Authors Guild? The guide is roughly 40,000 words and covers the following areas:
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At the time, the sequel was expected to premiere in 2016, but the year came and went without it hitting our TVs. We’ll see if fans still feel the magic when “Life-Size 2″ finally premieres.[via: Deadline] She’ll again play Eve, a doll brought to life by a young girl trying to bring back her late mother. Alas.”Life-Size” first aired on ABC before moving to Disney Channel. The girl, Casey, was portrayed by Lindsay Lohan in the original, but so far, Lohan doesn’t seem to be returning for the sequel. Posted April 19, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe “Life-Size” sequel is a go!Back in December 2015, Tyra Banks confirmed that she’d appear in a follow-up to the 2000 television movie. The “Life-Size 2” is still coming, though; it is now targeting a December 2018 debut, Deadline reports.Banks is still attached to the project, both as its star and as an executive producer. The follow-up, on the other hand, will air on Freeform, which skews toward an older audience, including the demographic that grew up watching the original on the Disney Channel.
Shove your face out like you’re trying to suck the chrome off the fender of a car,” he told Colbert.It definitely isn’t an easy face to make, let alone hold for the duration of an entire “SNL” sketch, we’d imagine. ET/PT. Posted April 19, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongAlec Baldwin’s infamous Donald Trump impersonation just hasn’t gotten old.The actor appeared “The Late Show” Tuesday night, and host Stephen Colbert couldn’t help but ask him about his popular “Saturday Night Live” role. Baldwin shared that strangers always stop to thank him for his Trump impression while he is out and about in New York, to the point that it’s “eerie.”Watch the full interview below, beginning around 1:00. Baldwin described his Trump as “totally a caricature,” and explained the strange ways he has to contort his face while in character.”Left eyebrow up, right eyebrow down. Still, people love it. Colbert and Baldwin start talking the “SNL” version of Trump around 3:15.”The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m.
I bet he has more people who love his show then those who complained. Some people were pretty gleeful, including a couple of celebrities.A WIN for Women & the Men who Respect them. His 8 p.m. — Charlyn Walter (@charlyn_walter) April 19, 2017After what just happened to Bill O’reilly, I hope every advertiser that boycotted the Factor will likewise be boycotted by the viewers! (O’Reilly has denied these claims.) However, the situation changed after more than 50 advertisers stepped away from his show and activism groups called on 21st Century Fox to sever ties with O’Reilly.The pressure didn’t come from just one side, though. Yet, that wasn’t enough to save his job; the company said Wednesday that 21st Century Fox and O’Reilly “agreed” that he wouldn’t return.O’Reilly may have agreed, but he clearly wasn’t happy about it. Posted April 19, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe Bill O’Reilly era at Fox News is over, but the controversy continues.Fox News announced Wednesday in a statement that the now-former “O’Reilly Factor” host would not be returning from vacation in the wake of numerous sexual harassment allegations coming to light. The network initially stuck with O’Reilly after an April 1 New York Times report revealed he had paid $13 million in settlements to five women who had accused him of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behavior since 2002. #DisgustingMen
— #RemoveTrump (@France4Hillary) April 19, 2017When Trump said he’d #draintheswamp, who knew he meant Bill O’Reilly,
Tomi Lahren, Jason Chaffetz, Mike Flynn, Carter Page, Alex Jones, … Do not fire Bill O’Reilly! Get rid of Sheperd Smith instead! — Kate (@kateNxnx) April 19, 2017Well, Trump hasn’t been impeached yet, but at least Bill O’Reilly is out. He commented on the issue Wednesday, calling it “tremendously disheartening” and labeling the claims “completely unfounded,” according to the Washington Post.Not surprisingly, there were very mixed reactions on Twitter. — Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 19, 2017Bill O’Reilly and Tomi Lauren walk into a bar. Even President Trump commented, voicing his support for the conservative pundit in early April. “O’Reilly Factor” fans encouraged the network to stand by their man. They r making mistake taking him off. time slot has gone to Tucker Carlson.[via: The New York Times; Washington Post] We have enough flaming liberal liars delivering “news”. I have never cared for Bill O’Reilly, but this was a typical spineless liberal move. — Riya sharma (@riyasharma266) April 19, 2017@TwitterMoments Will miss Bill O’Reilly Show. https://t.co/lXJbyJlfih
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) April 19, 2017Trump supported O’Reilly because both are members of the odious boys’ club where members feel they can abuse & humiliate women at will. — lancegould (@lancegould) April 19, 2017And some people were seriously upset.Fox News Channel capitulated to unfounded accusations. And ask for applications. — Amy Mek (@AmyMek) April 19, 2017HEY FOX! Sean Hannity should totally be next! — Eugene Wakefield (@epwakefield3) April 19, 2017It might take a while for the heated reactions to die down, but however you feel about the news, O’Reilly is out.
All of it comes together so well that it’s hard to believe they pulled it off in one go.”Lost in London” opens in select cinemas on May 5. On top of that, we get to see Owen Wilson and Willie Nelson, both of whom also star. The story takes place in real time in the film, and it was inspired by a night out in London when Harrelson was chased by police and had to spend the night behind bars. The trailer shows some of the problems he runs into, from a tabloid scandal breaking to being denied entry to a bar, even after singing the “Cheers” theme song. Harrelson plays himself in the movie and gets into similar trouble while trying to get home to save his marriage. Posted April 19, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere is something very different about “Lost in London,” but you’d never know it from the scenes in the trailer.The groundbreaking comedy, written and directed by its star, Woody Harrelson, was filmed in just one take in January — while being broadcast live to multiple theaters around the globe.
Part of it is I have to want to explore the character, I have to be interested in who she is and discovering her. It’s kind of scary because the training wheels are off but in another way it’s exciting because he gets to run with whatever idea you have. You can’t do that unless you put your actors in a little bit of a hot seat of not knowing what was going to happen.I know that Wheatley was inspired by the American crime movies of the ’70s. What is it making you question? Did you work out a back-story with Ben Wheatley or talk to the other actors about it?Brie Larson: I did talk with Ben about it a little bit. But there’s something that, since I’ve grown up doing independent films, that experience is very much a part of me. But that’s part of the history of cinema, right? Was that appeal what got you involved or was it more working with him?It takes a couple different perfect elements to get me to sign onto something, because it’s such a long journey making a movie. I would love to be in ensemble female movies and would love to work with more females. I get a lot out of constantly staying on my toes and I don’t really enjoy being too comfortable. Posted April 19, 2017 by Drew TaylorBen Wheatley’s ambitious all-killer, no-filler thriller “Free Fire,” is set in a Boston warehouse in 1970s where an arms deal goes disastrously wrong. The calm in the midst of the storm of testosterone and gunfire is Brie Larson’s Justine, an intermediary who tries desperately to keep the situation from spiraling out of control. He just does a thing that’s one take scripted, one take improvised. We’re bumbling and scrambling on the floor and making mistakes constantly and the blood and the violence isn’t glorified is what interested me in the film.You’ve spent a lot of time in the ’70s between this and “Kong: Skull Island.”Yeah!How did your character change throughout the filming of “Free Fire”?I think what I discovered is that, in order for Justine to get her agenda across, it just requires very little on her part. There’s something very calming about being on a bigger movie because you’re very protected. There’s a really big history, we’ve made that something that’s cool. I think this movie just really feels that way because it’s so put on the character, and there’s not a ton of setting. But the other part is the movie itself and in particular when the movie is over what are you left with and what are you thinking about? I’m excited to purely act in something.”Free Fire” is in theaters this Friday. It’s kind of like doing a bigger movie and then doing a smaller movie is sometimes I want to stay in a five-star hotel and other times I want to sleep in a tent under the stars. I always come up with some sort of back-story, especially because Justine doesn’t speak that much. It’s the same thing with “Kong” — it’s a certain period of time, there’s a certain point of view and there’s meaning behind the fact that there’s one woman. A bunch of dudes trying to get the one girl. I really liked how she was understated. But after being on both sides of it I feel even stronger about creating a positive team effort aspect of this really is. And I think that the idea of cinema as this place that has idolized and glorified action and violence and guns and ego. It’s fun because it loosens up the dialogue on the page and makes you feel free and that things are a little bit messy. Because you have to know who your character is to be able to improve off what the dialogue is that is already existing.That’s interesting, that you were able to improve given how tight, structurally, it seems.The whole structure of the film — and I’m pretty sure most of the dialogue that’s in the film — was scripted. You’re never worried about, if we don’t make this day we’re not going to get these scenes. I loved every second of it. There’s something about the ’70s that’s deeply iconic and interesting but at the same time we’re not that savvy. I’m editing right now.How was that experience?It was really great. Sigh.Moviefone: This movie has so much action that it doesn’t leave much time for us to get to know your character. She’s more observing and listening and trying to blend in, so you need to know where she’s coming from. My story is not over.Right now, you’re in “Kong” at the same time as “Free Fire,” and looking at what you have coming up there are really big movies and really small movies. Because, sometimes, what changes the course of a scene is you and not the other actor you’re playing off of. I hope it’s good and people like it and I get to do it again.You’ve worked with so many amazing directors. So learning how to position yourself to move scenes in a different direction and bring different colors out of actors was the first step in recognizing how directing is very subtle and interesting and like alchemy. So I don’t mean to say that it’s not good. I just like all of it a lot. You kind of become the center in a way that she’s still trying to understand.Well, was that part of the appeal, being the only women in this cast of men?I mean, it’s certainly flattering for a director to say, “You can express all of the female complexity in one person.” But it’s definitely not an appeal.Really?Yeah, that’s not why I did it.Well, I think it would be not a challenge but maybe a draw to be the feminine center in a movie where it’s a bunch of guys with guns.[Laughs] I guess! If there’s a beating heart at the center of the bloody mayhem, it’s her.So it was a huge thrill to jump on the phone and talk to Larson about what it was like being in “Free Fire,” her upcoming directorial project, and whether or not she came up with a back-story for her character. A lot of the film we would do improvised takes and that would make it trickier. (Spoiler alert: It still spirals out of control.)Larson, a recent Oscar-winner and current “Kong: Skull Island” star, channels her considerable charm into a character whose motivations remain murky and whose dialogue is minimal at best. At the end of the conversation, I tried to slip in a question about her role in “Captain Marvel” (which just secured its directors) and it didn’t go well. And I love being a part of that smaller knit group that’s working together to get that ball to the line. I’ve always loved how everyone is a specialist in their field, and we all come together to create this piece of art. I like the fact that this is the coolest uncool movie or the most uncool cool movie that you’ll ever see. So I feel like I’ve been leading up to my whole life. It felt like if I didn’t do it now then I’d never do it, I’d get too scared. I don’t know. The movie is never struggling. She gave me what can only be described as a Nelson-esque “ha ha” and said, “Oh, sorry, I’ve got to give the phone back.” And then we were done. But he’s interesting in that, when he casts you, he completely trusts you to just create it and bring it and do it. I don’t want to get too far in any one direction.Are you done with the movie you’ve directed? What is the appeal of oscillating between those worlds?It’s switching genres; it’s using different muscles. I liked that I got to play such a subtle character in a film where every other character is just very aggressive, they’re super caricatures. Have you called on any of them when you had questions making your own film?I’ve wanted to direct movies since I wanted to act in movies, so I’ve always been a little sponge and observing the different directors that I’ve worked with and asked a lot of questions and I think that part of being a really good actor in its own way is being a little bit of a director. I can do it while I’m still flexible.And it’s been everything you wanted it to be?Yeah, I feel like I’m a better actor after doing it, I have a better understanding of the team aspect of making movies. Because he wanted to show the reality of fumbling and not knowing what is going to happen next. It’s just not something I’ve been very boastful about talking about. The main thing with Justine was part of what she needs to do is keep everyone calm and that her main objective is to blend in and that it’s actually impossible for a women to do that when it’s eight men with huge egos. I’ve been very much involved in wanting to do this and the editor of “Room” emailed me and said, “I always knew you’d direct I just didn’t know you’d do it now.” It just felt like it was right. They both feed me in a different way, and I need different things at different times. But if you go through my IMDb I think you’ll be shocked to find that in almost every movie I’ve done I’m the only woman. So I love Ben and I know why. I think Ben’s secret agenda is to make every actor feel totally confused and uncomfortable, especially during a movie like this. But I also don’t want to say that this conversation ends there. Among the cast of very colorful characters are IRA operative Chris (Cillian Murphy), smooth-talking go-between Ord (Armie Hammer), and an off-the-rails South African gunrunner Vernon (Sharlto Copley).
Smith, of course, was a successful rapper and musician before his days as the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He had previously been in talks to star in Tim Burton’s “Dumbo,” but that deal apparently fell apart.Smith will have big shoes to fill, as Williams stole scene after scene as the Genie. The movie follows the story of a street urchin named Aladdin who falls in love with Princess Jasmine and finds a magical lamp containing the Genie, who grants him three wishes.The live-action “Aladdin” will likely begin production this summer but has no release date scheduled yet. Posted April 19, 2017 by Kelly WooYour wish may soon be granted, courtesy of Will Smith.Deadline reports the actor is in talks to play the Genie in the live-action version of “Aladdin,” which is set to be directed by Guy Ritchie. The Genie was famously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 original.”Aladdin” is yet another Disney animated property in line to get a live-action update after “Alice in Wonderland,” “Cinderella,” and most recently, “Beauty and the Beast,” which was a behemoth of a blockbuster.Like the latter movie, the live-action “Aladdin” will be a musical.