(“Pulp Fiction” used the n-word version.) Pair that with a weapon, and he saw something very different from TWD fans.As he told The Sheffield Star:”We were shocked when we came face to face with a new T-shirt with a racially explicit graphic and text. The graphic has a large American baseball bat, wrapped round with barbed wire, and covered with blood. Can you remember the last time people — not just TWD fans and Negan actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, but regular American humans on both sides of the political aisle — agreed on anything? Any offence caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologises for this. And in this context, it’s just a direct quote from “The Walking Dead” with direct imagery from the show.Well, he decided to contact Primark and complained to the point where they felt they should remove the shirt from sale. Posted February 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneHere’s the silver lining: Almost everyone commenting on this “The Walking Dead” T-shirt news thinks what happened was a ridiculous, out-of-context overreaction. This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America. It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no-one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing, or were aware of its subliminal messages. But now several are overreacting on the other side, complaining about oversensitive liberals, even though plenty of liberals watch TWD and had no problem with the T-shirt.”The Walking Dead” Season 7 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Here’s what Primark said in a statement (via BBC):”The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. So there’s that.Apparently what happened was a guy in Sheffield, England was at a Primark (U.K. department store) with his wife and they saw a “Walking Dead” T-shirt quoting Negan’s now infamous lineup quote: “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe,” with a picture of Lucille, the barbed-wire-covered baseball bat Negan uses to kill. on AMC.Want more stuff like this? Primark has removed the product from sale.”Jeffrey Dean Morgan plays Negan, and he tweeted out a link to the story, including his own commentary on the state of humanity:Holy crap people are stupid. ‘Walking Dead’ Shirt Pulled From Stores After Complaint of Racism https://t.co/cpeIqcxTwJ
— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) February 22, 2017Many fans agreed with JDM. Like us on Facebook. It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood.”FACE PALMThe guy meant well, but context is everything. This guy’s mind went immediately to a dark time in history when the “Eeny meeny” rhyme included the n-word instead of the word tiger.

Whether it’s good or not is almost beside the point. PT on ABC) — which means it’s crunch time. That’s not an easy mix to pull off, and the filmmakers here do so effortlessly. It’s a movie about grief and mourning and the inadequacies of fatherhood and stewardship. More people need to see “Moonlight.” Especially now.Phil PirrelloWhat Will Win: “La La Land.” Since 2013, three of the last five films to win Best Picture were movies about Hollywood or Hollywood elements. Okay, back to being mad about things that actually matter!What Should Win: “Hidden Figures.” Controversial opinion alert! But it’s also unbelievable. Thankfully, it is pretty good.What Should Win: “Manchester by the Sea.” Yes, “Manchester by the Sea” is sad. Chances are good the Academy will continue to pat their backs with this trend and give the good (but very overrated in a “Crash” sort of way) “La La Land” the Oscar. Tim HayneWhat Will Win: “La La Land.” Don’t get me wrong, “La La Land” is a good movie, and a hell of a good time, but the instant consensus that its Best Picture-worthy was a tad premature — especially when you consider the other movies in this category. “Manchester by the Sea” being robbed of a Best Picture statue will be the real tragedy. Moving. And what 20-something-year-old girl in Los Angeles isn’t trying to become an actress? My biggest takeaway when I’m done watching a movie is how long I think about it after I leave the theater. Stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are Academy darlings, as is director Damien Chazelle at this point, and the movie being about Los Angeles — Hollywood, specifically — makes it a front-runner with Oscar voters. And the nominees for Best Picture are…”Arrival”
“Fences”
“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Hidden Figures”
“La La Land”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight”Here, we share which movie we think will — and should — take home the Academy’s highest honor. It will likely inspire hipster subculture for the next 30 years, which is fine with me if it means dudes will dress better when going out on dates. Original. Relevant. The Academy loves a movie about itself, and given that “La La Land” is a love letter to the industry and the city it calls home, it’s a shoo-in. It’s funny and real and features some of the greatest performances from this or any other year.Yes, the movie can be overwhelmingly bleak at points, but there’s a charming lightness to it, too, thanks largely to writer-director Kenneth Lonergan’s effortless storytelling and the movie’s brilliant, swaggering confidence. Rachel HornerWhat Will Win: Ugh, “La La Land.” I don’t mean to be such a member of the backlash, but the Oscar buzz around this movie makes me feel like I am taking crazy pills. “Manchester by the Sea” was great, but if I had a dollar for every white-man family struggle movie I’ve seen, let’s just say I wouldn’t have to work anymore. Folks like these are a dime a dozen, they just happen to succeed in this movie. Hollywood tends to celebrate films that champion Hollywood, and, boy, does “La La Land” — with its sunny optimism, perky starlets, and unwavering belief in the dream-making movie industry actually making those dreams come true. It’s muted and lacks the kind of flashy pyrotechnics that made “La La Land” such a standout. In a few years from now, “Manchester” will join “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction” in the prestigious club of films that should have won the Academy Award over the film that did. And don’t even get me started on “La La Land.”Tony MaccioWhat Will Win: “Moonlight.” Despite “La La Land” getting much of the love early on, it may have burned a bit too bright — allowing “Moonlight” to gain some ground. I think “Hidden Figures” should win this year, but I know that there isn’t a chance in hell that it actually will. But only one will take it home.We’re inching closer to Hollywood’s biggest night — the 89th Academy Awards (Feb 26 at 7:00 p.m. But, in the world we live in today, excuse me if I can’t get emotionally attached to this white guy’s dream of opening a jazz bar. Those are just four words I would use to describe “Moonlight,” a film deserving of a Best Picture win, not just for its achievement in filmmaking but for the publicity the honor would deliver. Best take some time now to fill out your Oscars ballot and lock in your picks!Moviefone’s editors are checking off their choices for who will — and should — win in all the major categories. If Hollywood is ready to embrace diversity at the Oscars, this is the place to start.What Should Win: “Moonlight.” This film, which follows a young boy into adulthood as he struggles with a drug addict mother and his sexuality, is about as real is it gets in this year’s Best Picture race. This indie darling stands out amongst this year’s nominees with a marriage of great cinematography and heartfelt storytelling.Drew TaylorWhat Will Win: “La La Land.” “La La Land” is a good movie. ET / 4 p.m. Oh, and it’s already nabbed Golden Globe, BAFTA, and a Critics Choice awards for being the best movie of 2016.What Should Win: “Moonlight.” Powerful. It was a fine movie, and Hollywood loves a movie that celebrates them. All the performances are excellent, the music is terrific, and director Damien Chazelle was able to romanticize Los Angeles without being totally blind to its more disreputable elements.But the reason that “La La Land” will win Best Picture has more to do with the voters’ love affair with themselves than the movie’s merits. Well, I saw “Hidden Figures” over a month ago and I’ve basically spent every day since thinking about how amazing it made me feel. When this gut-punch of a drama isn’t taking you emotionally complicated and trying places, it makes you belly laugh. Posted February 23, 2017 by Phil PirrelloNine films are nominated for the Best Picture Oscar this year. What Should Win: “Manchester by the Sea.” The best compliment I can give this movie is that I wish I made it.

The Eye seems to see them and walks towards them, eventually reaching out and touching them, before they blink back to Summerland.Who Is the Devil With the Yellow Eyes?While the Devil with the Yellow Eyes, the bloated, phantasmagoric boogeyman from David’s subconscious, has been referenced before, it had been only fleetingly. It’s an abrupt cliffhanger of an ending, made all the more tantalizing by the circumstances that surround it. Unbeknownst to him, Amy is being tortured with leeches. The kitchen meltdown occurred right after Philly discovered that David was using and David was on a number of psychotropic drugs at Clockworks, the scene of his most violent psychic episode (one that resulted in the death of Lenny). And what are his abilities, exactly. Later in this episode, he’s sedated in an effort to control his abilities from interfering in their “memory work” (can we briefly pause to talk about how awesome Jeremie Harris is as memory master Ptonomy Wallace?), but the powers only seem to become more intense. And in it’s in that same space that this episode continues. So what happened to him? So I guess the title card will be different each episode and that is really, really neat.How Cool Is That ‘X’ Window?Another design flourish that is really exploited this episode is a circular window in Summerland that has an “X” on it. Posted February 22, 2017 by Drew TaylorWelcome back to our ongoing “Legion” recap series, this time taking a look at episode 3 (or “Chapter 3”), which is the first episode of the season not written by series mastermind Noah Hawley (the teleplay is credited to Peter Calloway, who also wrote the episode that airs on March 8). I know I keep circling back to this idea, but if it’s true, it could be a true mind-blower. It’s a pretty subtle nod, especially if you’re watching the show and are unaware that it’s connected to “X-Men” at all, and another very real indication that the people who make this show are having a lot of fun.Does the Drug Have Something to Do With David’s Power?So here’s an interesting question: does the drug that David does with Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) somehow amplify his powers? Bird says that her husband and Cary (Bill Irwin) started Summerland with the man now known as The Eye. Was she being cheeky or is there something darker in Syd’s past? It’s exactly the same shape as the “X” in the “O” of the title, and it’s an obvious nod to Professor Xavier and his School for Gifted Youngsters (and the subsequent crime-fighting team X-Men). So what are the drugs doing, exactly, and is it possible they’re actually something that should be introduced into his treatment.What’s the Deal with The Eye?Another fascinating wrinkle introduced this week was the fact that The Eye (Mackenzie Gray), a mutant and member of Division 3, used to be one of the good guys. At the end of last week’s episode, it was revealed that Division 3 had captured David’s well-meaning sister Amy (Katie Aselton). It’s fascinating and it’s hard to think of another series that is this uninterested in momentum or drive. At the end of the episode, David is still unconscious, and Bird is rifling through his subconscious. It’s unclear, once again, whether or not the entire show is taking place inside David’s fractured psyche. Basically, David wants to go after the Division and free his sister, whereas Bird insists that he refine his powers before they attempt a rescue operation. His powers, ever evolving (sometimes dangerously so), eventually led him into the custody of an evil organization called Division 3. Now, this could just be a cheeky misdirect (and he wouldn’t be off-base for suggesting such a scenario), but it could also be true. Even more than Division 3, the Devil with the Yellow Eyes seems like the episode’s Big Bad, a character who is looming in the shadows and whose abilities and goals remain frustratingly out of focus. Can’t wait to find out.Oh, So There’s a Different Title Card Each Week?Last week, I talked about how cool the title card for the show was, with its slender font and eerie background choice. (It does make sense.) So the episode is, once again, concerned largely with going through David’s past via metaphysical transportation and other woo-woo weirdness.While it mirrors both of the previous hours in their investigatory tone and emphasis on David’s past, there are a few key takeaways from this week’s adventure, first and foremost that David wasn’t just dabbling in drugs like we saw last week but was a full-on, self-described “junkie.” In fact, the kitchen meltdown, the one where all manner of kitchen appliances and household items, were psychically smashed about, was the result of David’s girlfriend Philly (Ellie Ariaza) finding out about his addiction. Imagine if we get to the last episode of the season and it flashes back to David in Clockworks (or even earlier) and the entire thing has been in his mind? It’s just sort of content to hang out, put on some Pink Floyd, and see where things go. It’s in Summerland that David has been accessing past memories in an attempt to understand and better control his psychic abilities. She was raised in the city, on “the 34th floor.” She makes note that her mom was “famously smart” and that instead of shaking up with men, “We kept their heads instead.” Now that last part caught me. How did he go from peace-loving beatnik to murderous thug? It’s also where he gets to hang out with his cute mutant girlfriend Syd (Rachel Keller), who has the ability to swap bodies (more on that in a minute). For those who remember, Hawley wrote almost all of the first season of “Fargo” and a good chunk of the second season. Bird (Jean Smart), absconded with David and brought him back to a compound called Summerland. At the end of the episode, David is sedated, but won’t wake up. He’s clearly got more stuff going on during the production of “Legion,” so his contributions are likely to be fewer and farther between. The noose tightens.So What Happened This Week?What’s interesting about “Legion,” as a series, is that thus far it’s been as invested in backstory and looking into the past of its central character, as it has been in driving the narrative forward. David is also very, very powerful, with one mutant noting that he was able to “teleport 600 fee through two solid walls.” At another point, Bird describes him as “maybe the most powerful mutant alive.” So there’s that. This week, the card is different. At one point in the episode, David and Syd astral project to wherever the Division has Amy. What’s good (and heartening if you subscribe to the television auteurist theory) is that the episode is just as weird and unsettling and chronologically upended as the last couple of hours have been.And obviously, there are questions. So let’s try to answer some of them, shall we?What Happened Last Week?Right, a recap: David (Dan Stevens, who amps up the twitchy affectations considerably this hour) is a super-powerful mutant who had found himself confined to a psychiatric facility called Clockworks. Now why I ask if David will ever wake up is because Hawley has, repeatedly, suggested that the entire series takes place inside David’s mind. Fun!Also, we get to learn a little bit more about Syd. During this episode not only did we see a lot more of him, but other characters acknowledged and interacted with him. It’s the same font, but the context has been completely changed. (Again: their logo is super nifty.) David is detained, interrogated, and intensely threatened until a group of freedom-fighting mutants, led by Dr. It begins with Bird talking to a coffee machine (voiced by Jemaine Clement, who we learn is her husband), while David sits by a pier. There’s been speculation as to whether or not the character will be revealed to be a famous “X-Men” foe (most of the hypothesizing centers around the Shadow King), but whoever he is, he’s creepy as hell and we need to learn more.Will David Ever Wake Up?

With all the reshoots for “Rogue One,” a lot of scenes and bits were left on the cutting room floor. or they may not. But who knows if they make any sense in the finalized version of the movie?Want more stuff like this? Posted February 22, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is coming to Blu-ray and DVD soon — but without any new chapters.Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the blockbuster movie will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, with a Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and on demand release to follow on April 4.The release includes featurettes on Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K2-SO, and other characters; in-depth looks at the practical and digital effects; as well as an intriguing epilogue about to “‘Star Wars’ stories yet to be told.”It does not include any deleted scenes nor an audio commentary from director Gareth Edwards. Like us on Facebook. As for deleted scenes, they may also be available later … The latter may come later, like Disney did with J.J. Abrams for the “Force Awakens” 3-D release.

But it’s gone the other way.Ron: We always liked the idea that there was no romance in the story. Certain humor can play differently but Moana really plays universally as someone you care about and root for.Osnat: I showed the film in Fiji and it wasn’t even done yet and they didn’t speak English but the kids would be screaming laughing everytime Hei-Hei showed up. Some, at the highest point, are 15 feet above sea level. And yet at the same time these things, you want them to work universally for people all over the world. Posted February 22, 2017 by Drew TaylorWalt Disney Animation Studios had a phenomenal 2016. I’ll stand behind it. It’s slightly irreverent what he brought into the film and [it] gave us permission to continue down that road because he’s from that culture and he taught us how to keep humor in the movie. Can you talk about that?Ron: I think so. And we were kind of afraid of it because it seemed kind of risky. So Taika’s draft reflected that. It’s been really gratifying. People, when they would first come to a new island, in terms of the great migration, wouldn’t be that respectful of nature to begin with. Of course her aunt made the movie. We recognized that was sort of a dated idea, like, Because I’m not a boy I have to try harder and prove myself more. They have a relationship with nature that we tried to capture in the film that has an organic quality that we could all learn from today.Ron: One thing I didn’t know that was a little surprising, but makes sense, when we were talking to people … It was the cherry on top of an incredible year, and one that I cannot wait to watch again on home video (it’s available now on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray March 7).To help celebrate “Moana’s” home video debut, I went to the newly renovated Walt Disney Animation Studios, still located in the famous “hat building” that was constructed after the Disney Renaissance of the late-’80s/early-’90s. And that’s huge.Ron: You just feel it, when you’re there. We weren’t that familiar with him and, then we realized he was part of “Flight of the Conchords.” We had a rough outline of the basic storyline. We wanted them in the core creative team. They would tend to exploit the resources but on an island, as soon as you do that, they learned really fast what the world is learning a little bit slower, because the effects were immediate. And the effects of the opposite were immediate too — if you nurture the land, if you take care of it, if you respect it, you can sustain existence.Osnat: That got built into the rituals and into the taboos and into the actual culture. But he brought a lot to it in terms of cultural richness that translated later and stayed in the film.”Moana” is out now on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray on March 7th. There was never an aspect of that. Then, by the time it came out, it had a symbolism to it because of world events that we weren’t expecting.Osnat: As a woman in an industry not known for its inclusion in the past, it’s not a big surprise that there was conversation about her being a strong female protagonist and I’m glad there was. We knew he was too busy.Osnat: As he likes to joke, he had two kids and did three movies in the time he would have been on the movie. They make us part of nature that we’re living in rather than being in opposition to it and just being able to use it for ourselves. In each place, it’s the adventure or something else.Ron: Her character always resonates strongly. This is basically the story except that she did have six brothers and the situation had more of that aspect. And the idea of this person with compassion and courage together is uniquely our heroine.It’s obviously going to mean so much to young women and young women of color to see them represented like this.Ron: It has.Osnat: My niece in Israel won’t go to school until she’s dressed in her Moana costume and gotten her photo taken. If you go too specific will people in one place relate to it but people in another place won’t relate to at all? You can feel it.What has it been like taking the movie around the world?Ron: It’s been great. In addition to releasing “Zootopia,” the surprisingly topical animated detective movie, genuine box office juggernaut (with over $1 billion globally), and current Best Animated Feature Oscar frontrunner, they released, later in the year, “Moana,” the beautiful tale of female empowerment and seafaring conquest. We didn’t know but we figured it was worth doing. Spending time in the islands did highlight something that is very important.Osnat: There are islands that are at the forefront of what is happening. Which is always true — the more specific you make it the more relatable and universal it became.Osnat: Every culture identifies with a certain part of it. We wanted a strong protagonist. There are atolls and islands that are basically at sea level. She’s got big black curly hair and looks just like her. The movie is really relatable. It was a really great version of the beats we had then. That was five years ago.Ron: We were really happy with the script and it got the movie going.Osnat: He left because he directed three movies!Ron: We knew that Taika wasn’t the writer who was going to stay in the building, which you have to do, and work with the story artists and be a part of it in the recording sessions. The story led but within all of that, we wanted to do it right. All of the female protagonists that we’d worked on before, there was an element of a love story. We wanted to have conversations with the people who inspired the movie. Taika was the first writer on the movie. We’re always thinking story.Osnat Shurer: But we were conscious of making a whole character. She looks stunning. But he’s a really great writer and we had a script reading that got the movie made.Osnat: He likes to joke that “The part that I wrote that’s still in the movie is EXT: OCEAN – DAY.” But the truth is that he brought a spirit of very specific Pacific Island humor. I’m already in a world where it’s not radical. But it’s an animated movie. This was in Italy. It’s the same with “Moana.” It’s sort of like events converged and that aspect of it became the most important part of it. It was here that select journalists got to sample the disc’s special features, say hello to members of the production team (it’s always good to chat with veteran animator Eric Goldberg, who contributed the “Mini Maui” character to “Moana”) and talk to some of the people who brought “Moana” to life.I sat down with co-director Ron Clements, the man responsible for such animated classics as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” and his producer on “Moana,” Osnat Shurer, who ushered a number of memorable Pixar short films to the screen (including “One Man Band” and “Lifted”), about what it was like to show “Moana” to the world, what the movie’s political undertones mean today, and what, exactly, “Thor Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi’s first draft of the script was like. But she fully identifies with her.The movie has a great environment theme that also seems to resonate now more than ever.Ron: It has a little more resonance in light of recent events but it was always a part of the story. The fact of the inclusion in the film, both of her as a female protagonist of the indigenous culture that inspired movie, that is for us, just the right way to do things. In Japan, they are drawn to the cuteness and the sweetness and of course her relationship with her grandmother. There’s this weird thing where if it’s a female protagonist you’ve got to make her whole in and of herself. This idea that nature is personified, that the ocean knows what you’re doing, that you apologize to a tree before you cut it down, these indigenous ideas, they create a different relationship with nature. We really, really did connect with the people of the islands and we wanted the people of the islands to recognize themselves and recognize their culture and connect with the movie. I was in Italy on an earlier tour before I went with the directors and one of the reporters was, in Italian, going, “The grandmother, the grandmother …” And it was so real to him. It was like, How are people going to react to this? But it doesn’t feel like that. But I do look forward to a time when the creative decision makers in a room are 50/50 no matter who the story is about. I showed it on a turned-around cloth on a wall in a pavilion.As a huge fan of his, I wanted to know what Taika Waititi’s draft of the movie was like. (John Musker, Ron’s partner-in-crime, was out sick on the day that the media event was held.)The last time I spoke to you guys, it was before the movie had opened and there was a lot of hope about a movie that was led by such a strong female character would open in a country also led by a strong female. Things didn’t go that way, and it makes the movie more important.Ron Clements: There’s a serendipity with both “Moana” and “Zootopia.” When “Zootopia” was first starting out, the movie was interesting but it wasn’t as relevant.

The movie, about a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who travels with his girlfriend (Allison Williams) to her predominantly white neighborhood and uncovers something altogether unpleasant going on, that will scare you one minute and have you howling with laughter the next.It was enough to make us wonder what inspired the movie, which is exactly what we asked Peele at a recent press day for the film. Posted February 22, 2017 by Drew TaylorIf you’ve ever watched “Key and Peele,” then you know that Jordan Peele is a genius. He filled us in on all of the movies that proved essential references for “Get Out” and talked about his future in the horror genre.”Get Out” is out this Friday. But until you see “Get Out,” the scary-funny horror gem that Peele wrote and directed (in theaters this Friday), you have no idea how much of a genius he really is.

And it will certainly be dealt with in the last two episodes of the season. I mean, the only thing I can tell you is that as it plays out — and as it will play out over the final episode of the season — there will be enough information for people to draw their own conclusions about that. (There is no new episode Feb. Kevin and Sophie’s relationship deepens on the night of his play’s premiere. And when? What is Ben thinking? Will he break from the family, or specifically Rebecca (Mandy Moore)?Also, here’s part of executive producer Ken Olin’s Q&A with EW after last week’s episode, “Jack Pearson’s Son,” since it relates to the final two episodes ahead, including the Jack/Rebecca drama with Ben (Sam Trammell), and the fallout of Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) play walk-out:What kind of repercussions will Kevin experience in his career for walking out on the play? And he starts making a bunch of choices and decisions that will affect us going into season 2.That sounds a bit ominous … 28, thanks to Trump’s speech to Congress.)Series creator Dan Fogelman talked to Entertainment Weekly after the Feb. And then by the end of the season, it reaches a pretty critical mass. We’re still figuring that all out.What does Randall, who’s still recovering from a breakdown, pull away from this experience, once the veil of grief is lifted?I think you’ll see a lot of that in our next episode, and then really bleeding heavily into next season. What is Rebecca thinking? What do I do with what just happened in this year I’ve just spent with this man so that I just don’t go back to the same old existence? But it’s like anything in terms of relationships; part of it has to do with who’s perceiving it and why are they perceiving it a certain way. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneWhat now? It’s a little different than the Jack situation in that any time you’re exploring the Pearson family in the past, Jack was in that story. How many? William’s character only entered Randall’s family’s story in the last year, so there’s less of a backstory there. But how will this work with Ron? Is there a scene coming up in which he will run into Morris Chestnut and pitch him a double Manny situation?Well, I’m not going to tell you what happens, but definitely we’re going to deal with it. Fans are still sobbing from “Memphis” (did you need to use Milo’s note?) but we know the truth behind Jack’s death is coming, and pretty soon.Here’s ABC’s synopsis for the March 7 episode, “What Now?”:”The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall’s for an unusual party. In the immediacy of the episode, Randall is trying to figure out exactly what your question is, which is: How do I honor his legacy? Better head to Costco and get a lifetime supply of Kleenex.Want more stuff like this? Kate struggles to open up to Toby about her father’s death. You will not see him in the finale, but only because it’s a very Jack and Rebecca-centric episode. Episode 17, “What Now?” airs March 7, then the finale, reportedly titled “Moonshadow,” airs March 14. And it will take us to the end of the season, and the events that take place in the finale definitely are the things that are going to carry over in terms of next year, and where we’ll pick them up and how they’re doing.That wait for Season 2 is not going to be fun. And the lesson that’s clearly imparted in this episode to Randall is, “Time is limited, you are good, you’ve already won, and it’s okay to open your windows a little bit and let it down.” And maybe that’s the final gift that one father gave — that was a big part of a different father’s journey, which was to try and teach Randall to find his balance, and maybe this is something that can really help break Randall open a little bit. You know the answer is that you’ll be crying again, so prepare accordingly.There are only two episodes left to the first season of NBC’s breakout hit. That’s what “This Is Us” fans may be asking after last night’s emotional gut punch, “Memphis,” and it also happens to be the name of the next episode. Brown) storyline for Season 2. Tensions are high between Jack and Rebecca as she leaves on tour with her band.”After that, we only have the Season 1 finale, and Fogelman just said it’s “a very Jack and Rebecca-centric episode,” which makes us nervous. He’s clearly a man who’s lived a very structured existence, and he’s a man who’s all things to all people. The ramifications of Kevin leaving the show will definitely be played out, and it’s going to be played out in ways that are expected — and maybe some ways that aren’t expected.Even if Ben isn’t nefariously plotting something, it just seems that there’s more than a musical connection there.You’ll just have to wait and see. Like us on Facebook. Also, will he still be a regular, and will we see him in the final two episodes of this season?You will see him in the next episode. And we’re going to get enough information by the end of the season that people will have to draw their own conclusions about whatever their chemistry is. what is Randall going to choose to do? Where is this a product of Jack’s insecurities and where is he really perceiving something accurately?What can you hint about the direction and intensity of this [Jack/Rebecca/Ben] storyline in the rest of the season?It starts to ramp up. It means that if you’re going into his past more, you’re probably preceding his entrance into Randall and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and the kids’ lives — which we will do as well, but he’s going to remain a substantial part of the series. 21 episode, and in doing so he teased some of Randall’s (Sterling K. He’s going to remain a big part of the show. On the good news front, it sounds like we’ll be seeing more of William (Ron Cephas Jones), even though we just lost him, in a similar way to how we keep seeing Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) even though we know he dies at some point when The Big Three are teens.Here’s part of Fogelman’s Q&A with EW:You’ve said that you plan on keeping Ron on the show, and we’ve seen a model for such a thing with Milo (Ventimiglia). […] And then in 17 and 18, it becomes certainly not only a more significant story, but it becomes really significant in terms of Jack and Rebecca’s relationship.

He realizes the world has changed, and his two childhood friends are now billionaires running his father’s corporation. “Danny just wants to do the right thing,” Jones says, “but he has this fire in him.” That fire comes from spending the past 15 years in a monastery training to be a warrior and getting a “tattoo” that “is not exactly a tattoo — it’s the mark of the Iron Fist.”Check out the sneak peek:As Jones explains, “There’s a force that runs through the universe, the fire of the fist, and Danny can ignite it. The 13 episodes will be available for streaming starting March 17.Want more stuff like this? Loras Tyrell. Tell me who you are. Like us on Facebook. Businessman. Finn Jones is all, and in a new behind-the-scenes sneak peek of “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the “Game of Thrones” alum explains his new character’s backstory and mythology.Bury your mother. Bury your father. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneWarrior. I am The Iron Fist.In the Netflix series, we follow Danny Rand as he comes back to New York after being gone for 15 years. Iron Fist. Danny Rand. Danny has been told his whole life that there’s a mythological dark force in the world, and he didn’t really believe that they were real.” But now the dark force seems to have infested Rand, and it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad.You should also check out the official trailer, and this sneak peek introducing “Iron Fist” ally Colleen Wing.”Marvel’s Iron Fist” is the fourth in Netflix’s series of shows leading up to “The Defenders” crossover miniseries. They don’t believe it’s really Danny to begin with — thinking the real Danny Rand is dead. Monk.

I don’t think she would have gotten nominated without it. But at least she loved “Hell or High Water.”The Academy member shared her take on every category, but here are two, just as examples.Best PictureI hated Arrival — it just sucked. I loved the first half of Lion, but I felt like a different director and cinematographer made the second half. I didn’t like Fences because they just filmed the play — I wanted to see the guy go into the jazz club and play his music, the girl who’s having his baby, his kid on the football field. It ain’t pretty.Every year, The Hollywood Reporter prints the brutally honest ballot of an anonymous Academy member. I hated Jackie so much — it was just shallow crap — so no Natalie Portman. (You may recall last year’s ballot bashing “The Revenant” and “ridiculous” Leonardo DiCaprio.)This year they picked a woman in the actor’s branch who hated “Arrival” with a passion; also hated “Jackie”; ruled out Viola Davis in a protest vote against her placement in the wrong category; said Denzel Washington has played his “Fences” role a million times before; and felt Meryl Streep played her “Florence Foster Jenkins” role like a clown. But I think Denzel [Washington, its producer/director/star] decided that every word of the script [by the late August Wilson] was so precious that he wasn’t going to “mess” with it, and the movie suffered as a result. “I hated ____” comes up a lot, but she did actually like a few things beyond “Hell or High Water,” including Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” and the Swedish film “A Man Called Ove.”The Oscars air this Sunday, Feb. Read the whole thing. Hell or High Water isn’t going to win, but it was my favorite, and it will be remembered as a true American classic.My vote
(1) Hell or High Water
(2) Manchester by the Sea
(3) La La Land
(4) Hacksaw Ridge
(5) MoonlightBest ActressI liked none of them. I thought Meryl [Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins] played it like a clown — she’s cute and adorable, but this woman didn’t matter to me in the end — but people are gaga over Meryl, and I think she solidified her nomination when she gave that speech at the Golden Globes. I thought Hidden Figures was wonderful — because it’s a great story, not because it was especially hard to tell. [Elle’s] Isabelle Huppert is an ice-cold actress, and I eliminated her because when you get attacked, beaten and raped, you’re not the same person afterward, but she was, and I wanted to slap her to try to get a reaction out of her. It’s time to go behind the curtain to see how the Oscars sausage is really made. That leaves me with Ruth Negga for Loving, who was fairly one-note, but engaging enough.My vote
Ruth Negga (Loving)Yeah, if a rape victim doesn’t react enough for you, better slap her around a bit more. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneYikes. Moonlight and Hacksaw Ridge were really very good, but I don’t think of them as a best picture. 26 on ABC. Anyway, if you want honest, you get honest here. That left me with Manchester by the Sea and Hell or High Water, two compassionate movies that were incredibly well written, directed and acted. It’s almost like a glorified Movie of the Week. The girl in La La Land [Emma Stone] is going to win because she’s adorable and everybody loves her, but I don’t think she was as wonderful as people are saying. La La Land was tremendously enjoyable, but not all that deep or memorable. Here’s the full list of nominations.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.

“Yeah, I guess that’s what I’m saying. And Peele knows just where to look for inspiration: The next season of “The Bachelorette.”Peele was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night to promote “Get Out,” and he shared his excitement for ABC’s first black bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. But the next bachelor gotta be black. Like us on Facebook. There’s still two brothers, and there’s gonna be, like, 20 white dudes and they’re all going to be saying things like, ‘Hey, you know I love Beyonce.'”Kimmel loved that, but had a “serious” question for Peele: If there are 30 bachelors cast for Rachel, what is the “appropriate” number of African-American bachelors? So I feel like ‘The Bachelorette’ season is going to be inspiration for ‘Get Out 2.’ You know it’s not going to be populated with a bunch of brothers. He’s already married to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Chelsea Peretti and they are currently expecting their first child.Watch the discussion:”The Bachelor” is still airing its final episodes, then Rachel will begin filming her “journey” and we’ll see it play out after “Dancing With the Stars” finishes up, with “The Bachelorette” Season 13 scheduled to premiere Monday, May 22 on ABC. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneAt this point, “Get Out” — written and directed by Jordan Peele – has an impressive 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s possible a sequel will follow. The next bachelor gotta be a brother!”The audience was ready for it, although Peele was not suggesting himself. As he joked to Kimmel:”This whole movie of mine is about a black guy going into an environment where there’s a lot of white people and basically getting scared. Peele said it was a good question, and answered, “The representation should be equal to the representation in this country.” Kimmel replied, “So there should be three?” Peele just laughed. Hopefully ABC does not just cast a bunch of guys who tell Rachel they like Beyonce, but we wouldn’t be shocked. Bachelor Nation is always a cringe-fest and this season has potential to be as awkward as Nick Viall in Rachel’s church.Want more stuff like this?

Directing a flashy, original, LA-set musical isn’t easy, and several moments in the film are swoon-worthy for Oscar voters. I didn’t love “La La Land.” Not as much as every one else. At the same time, writing and directing a movie as emotionally complicated and honest as “Manchester” — without hitting a false note or veering into melodrama — feels even harder.Going into Oscar season back in September, Lonergan felt like the shoo-in for both Original Screenplay and Director — maybe losing some edge on the latter to Chazelle. Buzz has cooled on “Manchester” as the hype has reached near fever-pitch on “White People Struggling in LA: The Movie” “La La Land.” As a result, Chazelle is most likely to go home with the award, but I think in five or ten years, when “Manchester” is better appreciated as the masterpiece it is, voters will realize the Oscar should have been Lonergan’s.Rachel HornerWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. With 14 nominations, tying it for the most Academy Award nominations of any movie ever, it’s engendered the kind of goodwill that makes it virtually indestructible. For some reason, the heat around “Manchester by the Sea” has become muted these last few weeks, possibly because of the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against the film’s star, Casey Affleck.And it’s a shame because the movie is so, so good. Onscreen, however, Chazelle seems to pull it off effortlessly, conveying the beauty and sorrow of trying to make it in Los Angeles.Who Should Win: Barry Jenkins. And the nominees for Best Director are…Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”)Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)Here, we’re sharing who we think will win, as well as who we feel truly deserves to take home the Academy Award.Tim HayneWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. If only his film came out a year after “La La Land” stole all attention.Tony MaccioWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. I don’t have much to say about this other than he is a shoo-in. The winner of the Director’s Guild Award is usually expected to take home Oscar, and Chazelle won that prize and many more throughout awards season. While I’d be surprised by a Lonergan win, I take comfort in knowing that, if he keeps making movies of this caliber, he’ll surely be nominated again.Phil PirrelloWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. This is one of Oscar’s most heated races.We’re just days away from Hollywood’s biggest night — the 89th Academy Awards (Feb 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Honestly, the “backlash” that has been written about so much recently seems to have barely registered.)Chazelle is already an Oscar darling; his last film, “Whiplash,” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and so for some this might seem “overdue” (even though its only his third feature and he is only 32 years old). Lonergan is a notorious tinkerer, a character trait that nearly derailed his last film, the fussy, incomparable “Margaret,” and part of what makes “Manchester by the Sea” so miraculous is that it feels like it was sprung, fully formed, from his imagination. Regardless of whether or not you feel there is too much hype surrounding “La La Land,” it’s hard to deny the talents exhibited by its director. Quite frankly, the “La La Land” train cannot be stopped. PT on ABC) — which means it’s crunch time. His musical is confection Hollywood (and the Academy) seemingly can’t get enough of — and the Academy loves to award movies about movies/acting (see past Best Picture winners “The Artist,” “Argo,” and “Birdman”). Time for you to fill out your Oscars ballot and lock in your picks!Moviefone’s editors are checking off their choices for who will — and should — win in all the major categories. The man masterfully balances nuance and emotional heft to get the best possible performances out of his actors — hey, it earned Casey Affleck a nomination for Best Actor. He’s already nabbed all the major directing awards (Golden Globe, BAFTA, Directors Guild), so if he doesn’t win, it’ll be a huge surprise.Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan. ET / 4 p.m. Oscar night is just a bit too predictable this year. The Academy can’t stop praising this overrated film, so they might as well give him his first directing Oscar.Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan. And much of that has to do with the naturalistic direction of Kenneth Lonergan (who also wrote the screenplay). His follow-up to “Whiplash” is an ambitious undertaking that, on paper, looks like a logistical nightmare. Few films were as profound or moving as “Manchester.” And it’s because of Lonergan’s sure-handed direction that it plays so well. I have no idea what it took for Lonergan to make such a gut-punch of a movie, but I feel confident that it is worthy of an Oscar. The powerful nature of growing up in Liberty City gave Jenkins the ability to direct “Moonlight” from the most realistic place possible, resulting in a film that you can’t help but talk about long after you leave the theater.Drew TaylorWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. Posted February 22, 2017 by Phil PirrelloWho will win Best Director? Um, have you seen “Manchester by the Sea”? Jenkins has a deep personal connection to the story that helps make his film so emotionally profound. Academy voters love a big-hearted, swing-for-the-fences type of feature, especially if its directed back at itself, and God knows there’s enough “magic of Hollywood” cheeriness in “La La Land” to wrap around the entire globe (twice).Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan. Chazelle’s “Whiplash” earned him Oscar attention; expect his latest film to net him Oscar gold.Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan.

One might argue a writer on display in a mall isn’t an appropriate means of exposure or engagement for art, but again, I think this falls back on outdated or at least not-useful ideas about what writers are “supposed” to be like. Given the decline of malls and the related decline of the middle class, a curious and thoughtful writer might be   inspired by this opportunity. One of my go-to examples is Mark Twain, whose bestselling book was peddled door-to-door, and more recently, Alain de Botton, who once held a writing residency at Heathrow airport (which produced this book), and whose work has exemplified some of the wonderful things that can happen when you’re open to art informing business and vice versa. Writers have some responsibility to cultivate a culture that’s exposed to and engaged with art and artists. As someone who grew up in rural Indiana, I spent far more time in a mall as a young person, partly because no bookstore could be found within a two-hour drive except for the one in a mall. (For those who are unaware of the literary ties of Warby Parker, read this). But the mention wasn’t an enthusiastic presentation of an opportunity that might play to the strengths of some writers. I do wish the Mall weren’t claiming all rights to the work produced during the residency, but given the overall offer—expenses paid, $2,500 honorarium—it’s not a bad deal. I’d find the Mall of America writer   the far more interesting person to talk to, and more demonstrably interested in examining and creating for the greater world they live in, rather than the too-often insular literary world. Before joking about these opportunities as hellish, we should pause to consider how prone the literary community is to   mock or shame those involved in “low class” opportunities, particularly those that might appeal to people from more diverse backgrounds. Warby Parker and its ilk shouldn’t be the only commercial ventures “approved” for involvement with writers and the literary community. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.” In order for Henson’s art to have the universal power it did, this mixing had to include “the establishment”—what we could call “the business class.” But today—especially with Generation X and Millennials—serious artists often refuse contact with business. The tone was one of mockery and incredulousness, because, obviously, writers and malls don’t mix, and no “real” writer would sit in a mall and write or produce something of value in such a capitalist context. And even if you could, how debasing! While I’m sure Mall of America isn’t looking for a writer to poetically give expression to its impending decay, a writer should still find this a rich moment in time to immerse herself five days in such a place—and have more reflection than will fit into 150 words, three times a day, over five days (the requirement of the residency). Writers have something to gain from interacting with the more diverse audiences found at a mall, and mall goers similarly have much to gain from having writers in their midst. But it’s the right opportunity for someone, and I hope that it helps not only support their art, but that it accomplishes something we very much need right now: a feeling of connection and community. Earlier this week, I saw mention in my social feed of a new writer-in-residence opportunity at Mall of America, to celebrate its 25th birthday. Mall of America / photo by Jeremy Noble
In my keynote talks at writing conferences, I frequently point out some of the innovative ways—across publishing history—that writers have supported their art   and engaged in business activities that are sometimes seen by their contemporaries as commercially crass and low status. Is it a worse deal than working a three-month internship for no pay at a literary journal with a tiny circulation? I can’t look into the souls of the Mall of America marketers or PR team who conceived of this idea, but let’s assume some good faith intentions here, with a meaningful desire to see a writer manifest some work of creative or artistic value out of this residency that reflects on the environment and community of the Mall of America. After all, the mall is becoming a place of the unhip, as evidenced by more art photography devoted to its cultural decline. Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, in her wonderful book on Jim Henson’s career, writes:
There is a saying that goes like this: “Beware of artists. Rather, it was framed more as: What writer in his right mind would ever raise his hand for this position? I might even argue that it is incumbent upon writers to take these opportunities seriously and to apply, because writing for and among the literary cloister (or isolated garret if you don’t like your fellow writers) is one of the harmful myths about how writers should act and behave in the world. In my professional opinion, no. Large numbers of liberal arts graduates bristle when presented with the corporate world, rejecting its values to protect their ideals….Yet Henson’s work suggests that it is possible to heal America’s split personality.”
The Mall of America residency isn’t going to be an appropriate opportunity for even a majority of writers. Just because a venture is sponsored by a business does not make it automatically opposed to a writer’s existence or ideals.

(For now, anyway.) We can’t wait to see the Northern lasses back in action in “Game of Thrones” Season 7, which will show up sometime this summer.Here are a couple of other great b-day posts honoring Turner’s big day:Happy 21st birthday to this amazing girl! Their love for each other hasn’t changed either, and Williams worked both angles into her cute birthday post:Happy 21st Birthday @SophieT
Forever looking up to you, in more ways than one ❤️ pic.twitter.com/43cCih2KeJ
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) February 21, 2017All together now: Awwwww.Turner’s height is listed at 5’9″ and Williams is 5’1″, but when it comes to the Stark sisters, Arya is the real powerhouse. “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) turned 21 today, February 21, and her on-screen sister Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) honored the milestone with the sweetest b-day post.Turner and Williams have been close friends from the start of the HBO show, which began filming in 2010 for its 2011 debut. #GameofThronespic.twitter.com/yfjpaPyjAO
— HBO (@HBO_UK) February 21, 2017Want more stuff like this? A lot has changed in the past several years, but one thing remains the same: Turner is way taller than Williams. Like us on Facebook. Posted February 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneStark sisters 4EVA. Happy 21st birthday, @SophieT! Have a great day Sophie😘❤ @SophieTpic.twitter.com/2xqlyEhidR
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) February 21, 2017We are celebrating a very special Name Day in the realm today… Williams will turn 20 on April 15, so she was barely a teen when she first met Turner.

Posted February 21, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is ready for clear eyes, full hearts, and plenty of Eggos.According to Variety, “Friday Night Lights” alum/”Bloodline” star Kyle Chandlerwill play the father of “Stranger Things” starMillie Bobby Brown in the “Godzilla” sequel, which is scheduled for release March 22, 2019.”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is the follow-up to Gareth Edwards’s 2014 film “Godzilla,” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe. After “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is released in March 2019, fans can expect “Godzilla vs. Like us on Facebook. According to Dread Central, filming will begin in Atlanta starting June 19, but stay tuned for official details.As Variety noted, it was announced in October 2015 that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with “Kong: Skull Island,” which opens March 10. Kong” to arrive May 29, 2020.Want more stuff like this? Watanabe is reportedly the only star likely to return for “Godzilla 2.” Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Zach Shields.

Like us on Facebook. And we will definitely need that note.”This Is Us” airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. Buckle up. Last week’s episode gave fans new ideas on how he might die, but … on NBC.Want more stuff like this? Performances will simply blow you away. If you don’t need it this week, you’ll surely be reaching for it by the season finale.Tonight’s (Feb. Road trip. Tonight 9/8c on @nbc. #PapaPearsonLovesYou. #ThisIsUs
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) February 21, 2017So it’ll be good TV, but probably bad for our Kleenex budgets.On that note, Milo “Jack Pearson” Ventimiglia decided to help fans out by sharing his get-out-of-work/school note, in case you just can’t cope after this week’s (or another week’s) episode:Just in case you need a note after tonight’s episode of #ThisIsUs. 21) episode is called “Memphis,” with Randall (Sterling K. Memphis. Brown) and William (Ron Cephas Jones) taking a road trip to Memphis, so Randall can learn about his biological father’s past.Every episode of “This Is Us” ends up making fans cry, but series creator Dan Fogelman issued a special announcement about this one:Guys – tonight is everything. Posted February 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneYou might as well go ahead and print this note from “This Is Us” star Milo Ventimiglia. MV pic.twitter.com/y8FwTGMlLS
— Milo Ventimiglia (@MiloVentimiglia) February 21, 2017And we love Perfect Papa Pearson back!This William and Randall episode has fans especially worried that it might mark The End for William, and we already know that Jack passes away at some point in the ’90s era storyline. Randall and William. however it happens, it’s going to be awful.

Speaking of “La La Land…”The musical is up for 14 awards, tying with “All About Eve” and “Titanic” as the most nominated movie ever. (This might be in an effort to make us forget that Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are better actors than they are singers.)4. If anyone can strike the balance between making the bigwigs in the Dolby Theatre laugh and deflating their egos for the amusement of hundreds of millions watching at home, it’s Kimmel. “Moonlight” is also likely to win Best Adapted Screenplay. #OscarsNotSoWhiteDespite all the likely love for “La La Land,” this was a good year for movies about people of color, with Best Picture nominations for “Fences,” “Hidden Figures,” “Lion,” and “Moonlight.” And, with at least one black nominee in all four acting categories, an Academy first. That’s a shame, but at least they let the winners come to the main ceremony and wave from the balcony. This after two years without any such nominees.Mahershala Ali is the front-runner for Supporting Actor for “Moonlight,” and “Fences” star Viola Davis is all but a lock for Supporting Actress, while her co-star, Denzel Washington, has arguably pulled slightly ahead for Best Actor against “Manchester” star Casey Affleck. A-List PresentersAs is traditional, every actor who won last year will be back to present, so say hello to Leonardo DiCaprio, Brie Larson, Alicia Vikander, and Mark Rylance.Also, watch for big winners and prominent nominees from years past, including Amy Adams, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Sting will sing “The Empty Chair,” the song he wrote about slain journalist James Foley for the documentary “Jim: The James Foley Story.”Auli’i Cravalho, Moana herself (above), will perform “How Far I’ll Go,” along with Miranda, who composed the song. Historic WinsIt’s not just Denzel who might enter the record books. Beyond those, who knows? Expect angry fans of snubbed stars to start firing off angry tweets on Monday.8. “Why should we ignore for three hours what we’re talking about 24 hours a day?”So you might as well either enjoy the speeches or ignore them. “La La Land” could conceivably beat the record for the movie with the most wins (it’s 11, a record held jointly by “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”). Governor’s AwardsThe Academy used to give out its lifetime achievement prizes during the show, but now, to keep the telecast from running four hours, they do it at a separate ceremony in November. It is also a shoo-in for Best Song and some of the technical awards.5. It’s not expected to sweep every category, but you can still pretty much count on it to win Best Picture, Best Actress (for Stone), and Best Director for Damien Chazelle. (And his film could become the first Best Picture winner with a gay protagonist.) Instead, however, Chazelle will probably become the youngest winner of the directing prize, or at least he could tie Norman Taurog, who was also 32 when he won in 1932 for “Skippy.”Oh, and cross your fingers for Kevin O’Connell, nominated for Best Sound Mixing for “Hacksaw Ridge.” He’s the record-holder for most Oscar nominations (20) without a win. Jimmy KimmelEveryone not named Matt Damon seems pleased that the ABC late-night comic has graduated from snarking about the Oscars from his perch across the street to hosting the big event. BTW, there could be a wonderfully awkward moment if Damon wins Best Picture (he’s nominated as one of the producers of “Manchester by the Sea”).2. Other presenters will include “Rogue One” star Riz Ahmed, “Fifty Shades” stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, “Hidden Figures” star Janelle Monae, Ghostbuster Kate McKinnon, action heroes Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Dwayne Johnson, and international stars Gael Garcia Bernal and David Oyelowo.3. Posted February 21, 2017 by Gary SusmanFor all the suspense of this year’s Oscars, the one thing you’re guaranteed to see is winners making political speeches. Some Really Great SongsKimmel doesn’t sing and dance (thankfully), but you’ll still get to hear all five nominated songs performed. So this could be a historic night for African-Americans in Hollywood, especially if two-time winner Washington becomes the first black actor ever to win three Oscars.6. Hollywood royals Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will make the cut, and probably Mary Tyler Moore. Jackson, Felicity Jones, Shirley MacLaine, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, and Charlize Theron. Since Emma Stone is the favorite for Best Actress, Streep will probably instead top her own record as the actor with the most losses (16 so far).”Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins could become the first black winner of the Best Director prize in the 89-year history of the Oscars. “It’s a political time, so I imagine the Oscars will look exactly like your Twitter or Facebook feed,” Best Song nominee Lin-Manuel Miranda told The Hollywood Reporter this week. Could the 21st time be the charm? Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, and documentarian Frederick Wiseman.7. So keep an eye out amid the nosebleed seats for Jackie Chan, editor Anne V. In Memoriam 2016 was such a brutal year for celebrity deaths that here’s no way they’ll fit all your favorite departed stars into this year’s montage. As for the two nominated songs from “La La Land,” “City of Stars” and “Audition (The Fools Who Dream),” they’ll be performed by the movie’s co-star, John Legend. After all, there’s plenty of other reasons to watch, from the glamour and star power to the jokes to the chance of seeing some of your favorite 2016 movies and actors win prizes — and maybe make history in the process.Here’s what to watch for during the 89th Academy Awards on Feb 26.1. Justin Timberlake will sing his “Trolls” tune “Can’t Stop the Feeling” — yes, we could soon find ourselves living in a world where JT has as many Oscar trophies as Martin Scorsese.

In addition to Jake Gyllenhaal, who recently made the case for why Reynolds should have earned a Best Actor nod, none other than Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel himself has also declared that the flick deserved some love from the Academy.In an interview with Variety timed to his big hosting gig this coming weekend (not that Kimmel is putting any sort of pressure on himself or anything), the emcee said he thought “Deadpool” should have been among the nominees for the night’s biggest honor.”I would have liked to have seen ‘Deadpool’ get nominated,” Kimmel told Variety. “I do think there’s a certain type of movie that’s not considered for awards. “There’s maybe too much gravity applied to the nomination process.”It’s nothing new to see genre films go unrecognized by the Academy; after all, the inspiration to expand the Best Picture category from five to up to 10 features was directly inspired by the 2009 snub of “The Dark Knight.” And the fact that films that earn accolades from audiences — but not necessarily critics — have been repeatedly underrepresented has many pundits annually proclaiming that the Oscars are irrelevant and out of touch.This issue won’t be resolved overnight, but when the host of the show is voicing similar opinions, perhaps the Academy will finally start to listen.[via: Variety] Posted February 21, 2017 by Katie RobertsRyan Reynolds isn’t the only one who was bummed that “Deadpool” didn’t earn any Oscar nominations. It’s a shame, because there’s nothing serious about the movies; they’re an escape.”The host added that he thought the omission came down to two main issues: A certain type of film being perennially ignored, and voters taking their jobs a little bit too seriously.”I think comedies are also underappreciated,” Kimmel told the trade.

… But he did indicate that the likelihood of such a flick materializing was slim.”You have to resist the temptation,” Ferrell told Rolling Stone of messing with the magic of the 2008 original, which costarred John C. I guess we’ll see, but as of now there are no plans. They may want to keep their hammer on standby, though.[via: Rolling Stone] Reilly. I never would say never. “It’s just tough because the things everyone wants you to do sequels of are special because there’s not a sequel of it. And then I realized it was foolish of me to say that, because the older they get, the funnier the joke may get. We just don’t want to be doing sequels of everything.”While Ferrell and writer-director Adam McKay had previously been optimistic about making a follow-up, RS notes that the lukewarm reception of “Anchorman 2” (which yielded decent box office returns but decidedly mixed reviews from both critics and fans) likely changed their opinion. “I said ‘no’ at one point. As Ferrell explained to the magazine, while some fans loved that sequel, “you always get that little bit of people saying, ‘Awww, why’d they have to do that?'” Perhaps the actor and McKay didn’t want a similar result this time around.”Maybe we’d do it in 10 years,” McKay said in a separate interview with Rolling Stone. I just never know what’s going on in eight, nine years, so it could happen.”That’s not the most optimistic news, but “Step Brothers” fans don’t have to put the final nail in the “Step Brothers 2” coffin just yet. Posted February 21, 2017 by Katie RobertsIt’s been a rough day for fans of big screen sequels: After director Guillermo del Toro declared that he won’t be making “Hellboy 3,” actor Will Ferrell has predicted a similar fate for his comedy “Step Brothers.”In an interview with Rolling Stone, Ferrell didn’t definitively say that “Step Brothers 2” will never happen.

So I think that being able to do scenes with these kids, even though they’re much older than my daughter, I think there’s a depth there. He was like, “OK, that’s great, that’s great …” But I could see in his eyes, I could see him going through, because he’d written the entire season. Who else can we talk about? I really enjoy it.You’ve got time to think about the next thing. I think it’s certainly important for the character. We like to do that on the show.We’re kind of all over the place. He knows I’m up for anything. Jason and I are just 11-year-old boys, but these kids, they handle it really well.They don’t shy away from the fact that they’re maybe a little embarrassed, maybe a little uncomfortable, and they’re very open about that, and humble, and sort of upfront, and yet they’re able to kind of just shrug it off and let it be what it is. Tell me what got you excited when you heard the plans for the second season. This season, she’s, like, busy saving the world. Jason [Jones] has, I hope he doesn’t mind me saying, but he’s pretty much got the first five or six seasons mapped out already. Because they are older this year, they’re teenagers now, so they’re in a very different place than they were when we met them in the pilot. All right, good!”The Detour” Season 2 premieres tonight (February 21st), on TBS. I give all the credit to Jason Jones, because he makes it look really effortless, but really, it’s just what’s on the page and the characters that he’s created.For you as the actor, what’s the fun of finding that edge to teeter on, and to play her with a certain reality, but also be able to get away with the more outrageous stuff?As a woman working in television, something that we have to contend with a lot is the “likability factor.” There are a lot of executives out there who get very scared when they feel as though the viewers are going to dislike a female character. There’s one episode in particular where you get to see the genesis of the past that’s coming to surface to haunt me. Maybe I shouldn’t be saying this out loud, but I don’t think that all of what she does it questionable. In addition to that, there’s a lot of costume changes. You’ve been real willing to leap off the cliff with characters.Yeah, I’ve never really understood it. I told my husband, I’m like, “I’m not good at this, this thing that I’m doing. Daniella Pineda, who’s not really guest star, who plays my sister. It’s really ingrained into the TV zeitgeist. It’s not what it appears to be initially, and then once you kind of delve deep into it, you realize that, yes, it’s hilarious, and there’s a lot broad comedy, and it’s ridiculous and gross. And I think that may have been where we got a little mixed up. People are like, “Wow, Robin’s such a …” — “people,” meaning the status quo. And I got really mad at myself. I appreciate you putting that bug in my ear, because I don’t know. It’s not necessarily about New York. I just really, really want to do a comedy.” So now I have to think about that. It covers all the bases. It’s very strange timing. They have great parents, and they’re handling it so much better than I think I would at their age.Now that you and Robin have a waist, are you going to be the subject of more of the blurred-out-nudity burden that Jason has carried through much of the first season?When I told him I was pregnant, before we shot Season 1, I saw his mind. Sort of getting in front of them, between them and the traffic, and Jason looked at me and said, “You didn’t have that instinct last year.” I was like, “Yeah, I know, I didn’t care.”When you’re a mom, you just relate to children differently. After we were done with the scene, the director yelled cut, and we were walking back to the first position, and I found myself wrangling the kids. I don’t know what it is. Everything else we somehow ended up pulling off, and if we didn’t, we found a solution that was just as gross or raunchy or edgy or naked, that was even better than the first idea.What’s your favorite edgy comedy? So I had a long hiatus to gear up for it. Has there been a weird like, “Um … It’s still about mostly mine and Jason’s characters as a couple, and how we, like you said, we’re very well-meaning, but we’re just big f*ck-ups. I don’t do all that many, I have to admit, which I can’t believe he didn’t take advantage of. They’re so good. It’s so hard. I’m a parent. I’ve just been sort of perplexed about it from the beginning. You’ve had a really great career with both regular series, with films, with being able to pop into shows for a while or for a one-shot. I don’t know when we got caught up in making sure that women characters needed to be — I mean, relatable, yes. I’m really upset with myself.” I talked to Jason, and Jason was like, “I hadn’t really noticed.” So he’s not paying attention.Yes, I had a really hard time with that. I want people to understand them and to be able to recognize themselves in them, but they don’t necessarily have to be parts of themselves that they like. That was one of the few days that I wasn’t there. It’s good. Obviously, I feel it’s a double standard. If you had asked me that a year and a half ago, I would have said, “I just really want to do a comedy, man. It’s sort of the perfect comedy I think.What’s left on your bucket list? Who cares? By the way, of the cast, of the four people in the cast, the kids are by far the most mature. What’s the thing that shaped your sense of humor to the point that you could easily do a show like this?I really love “The Larry Sanders Show,” from way back in the ’90s.One of my very favorite shows of all time, ever, period. So this is something that we kind of knew about early on. That’s I think what draws me to the characters that I choose.With this show, have you heard feedback from the viewers about the ways they do relate to Robin?Yeah. I don’t know.I think you’ve got a while to keep going with the comedy. There are a couple, though. I certainly do. OK! Or I don’t know how to act my way through the scene.I had a really, really tough issue this year that I didn’t have last year, about breaking during scenes with laughing, and not being able to control myself. I think it was way ahead of its time, even though, when you watch it, it’s dated, but the concept of it is so modern, and the humor is so dry, and yet sometimes so big, and you can’t believe it’s working. We didn’t know exactly how it was going to take shape.I knew, I guess, around the end of the first season, that Season 2 was going to focus a lot on my character, and because I’m an actress, we always love that. It’s really unprofessional, and it’s not how I do things. But at the core of it, it’s about these two people that people can very much relate to, even on a kind of sentimental level even.I love the notion that you’re playing this mom finding her way very awkwardly, just as you’re becoming a mom yourself.I know, I know! She was on the set for the entire pilot. I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say there’s some flashbacks. So I just assumed in Season 2 I’d be doing massive amounts of stunts. You’re supposed to say Robin’s a really bad mom, but at the same time, there are women and men who relate to these people as parents. I could see him going through, “OK, that’s not going to work, that’s not going to work …”He’d written all these stunts for me to do that I couldn’t do. Thanks. Posted February 21, 2017 by Scott HuverIt’s a detour Natalie Zea is very glad she took.The actress has always been known for making adventurous and diverse choices in her TV roles, from her breakout stint on “Dirty Sexy Money” to extended stints on admired series like “Justified,” “Californication,” and “The Following,” but it was the offbeat TBS comedy “The Detour” — produced by “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee and created by star Jason Jones, Bee’s former “The Daily Show” colleague — that Zea’s gotten to truly show off her flair for comedy … So I was a little disappointed that I wasn’t in that day. I remember I came home one day. And Jason doesn’t care. We were kind of in traffic. You get to see kind of the genesis of how that comes about. They’re sometimes wrong, but I think that’s kind of what parenting is.So I think people really relate and really respond, and I think people are very surprised when they watch the show. So those are a few to mention.Even with your gameness to go wherever the show wants to go, has anything given you at least a moment’s hesitation just figuring out how you’re going to pull it off?Every day. It’s way edgier, I think, even than the first season.Tell me a little bit about what we’re going to see with Robin. James Cromwell — he’s in the previews, so I can talk about him: he’s a legend and wonderful. And not being worried about it, we tend to be able to find really interesting, fun, creative ways to just let her express who she is, and not worry about, ooh, is that going too far? I want the characters I play to be relatable. I don’t understand how that happened. Every single day we show up and I say, “There’s no way we’re going to be able to do this.” For various reasons, whether we’re not going to have time, or this is way too big, or the network will never let us do this horrible, disgusting thing. I don’t know. She’s a regular on the show, but she makes a couple of really funny appearances.Jeffrey Parise, who if you’re a soap opera fan, he was Carlos on “General Hospital.” Big fan favorite, and he and I did a film together a few years ago, and we were looking for somebody to play this part, and I said, “I’ve got the guy.” So it was fun to be able to work with him. It can’t exist unless you’ve experienced it.Not just as a mom, but as an adult, what kind of reaction have you had when the kid actors are exposed to some of the raunchier material that the show is doing? He doesn’t need her to be likable.I think with that freedom, I don’t think she’s less likable because we don’t care, I think we’re just not worried about it. There are a couple things that I would never have been able to do last season. As far as the nudity goes, there’s not a lot. I know that the landscape’s going to change and we’re going to learn a little bit more about her backstory. Love that show.Right? Yeah, wonderful. I think this is working out well for you right now. What’s still on the bucket list for you to accomplish as an actress?Oh God — geez, that’s such a great question. You just get to see more of us f*cking up.That, to me, is the amazing trick of the show: keeping these characters likable while they make really bad mistakes and questionable decisions.It’s so hard. It’s cable. He doesn’t worry about that. ?”They’re so cute about it. She’s extraordinary. So we didn’t really get to see her much. I actually did more nudity in Season 1 than I did in Season 2. The decisions she makes as a mom are all very earnest, and good-intended. But we feel her presence.Were there some more fun guest stars that you’re able to talk about that you did get to directly work with?Laura Benanti is doing a big arc on the show, of Broadway fame. Then, for Season 1, she definitely made an appearance throughout. Nobody cares.I feel like, too, from the choices you’ve made throughout your career, you’ve never cared too much about it. I’ve seen the first three episodes, and it’s even more ridiculous. We were shooting a scene early on, and we were on a really busy New York street. What can you say about what’s around the corner?This season, Robin has a defined waist, because the actress playing her isn’t pregnant anymore — so that’s a really big deal! Because he’s a pervert.You have the boss in for a guest spot: Samantha Bee stops by for a fun role.What was that experience like having her be able to join you guys for the fun on set?I didn’t get to go — I wasn’t there! and really edgy, borderline inappropriate comedy at that.As the series — which features Zea and Jones as hapless and often hopelessly misguided parents on an extended and constantly ill-fated family vacation when Jones’ character secretly loses his job — returns for a second season to once again blend bawdy antics with sophisticated sitcom subversion, the actress joined Moviefone to reveal just why the show fit Zea to a tee.Moviefone: These poor, well-meaning people, who make such questionable decisions.

Posted February 21, 2017 by Katie RobertsWhile most of the original cast of 2003 rom-com “Love Actually” will reunite for a short sequel segment set to air on the UK version of Red Nose Day, there are a few glaring omissions, including Emma Thompson, Laura Linney, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. According to Curtis, the rushed nature of putting together the 10-minute sequel — which is currently filming in London — made it difficult to properly honor Rickman’s memory.In an interview with the UK’s Press Association (via Digital Spy), Curtis said, “dealing with Alan is very complicated,” no doubt thanks to the actor’s sudden passing and the grief his friends and former collaborators — including frequent costar Thompson — are still feeling after his death. She just can’t do it.”But fear not, “Love Actually” fans: There are far more cast members who are involved, including the impressive roster of Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke, and Rowan Atkinson.The sequel segment will air as part of Red Nose Day U.K., set for March 24. “We’re doing about two thirds of people. And the director added that the absence of Harry and Karen wouldn’t be the only omission, noting that he couldn’t really assemble the entire cast on such short notice.”We’re not doing everyone,” Curtis told the Press Association of checking in with the sprawling cast of characters. And according to writer-director Richard Curtis, there are currently no plans to pay tribute to the late Alan Rickman, either.Rickman, who passed away last year at the age of 69, played cheating husband Harry to Thompson’s Karen in the flick. Red Nose Day airs in the U.S. Ems (Thompson) isn’t in it. on May 25.[via: Press Association via Digital Spy]