Sometimes authors   think there’s a secret to producing more that they don’t know yet. by Jason Mrachina / Flickr
In my author consultations, I’m hearing more often about the pressures that writers feel   to produce more product more quickly, in order to keep up with the competition and stay front-of-mind with readers. This is the topic of my latest column at   Publishers Weekly, where I recall one of the first business principles I learned: “Fast, cheap, and good—pick two.”
Read the entire column. Whenever you produce titles fast, you’re making trade-offs. There isn’t one.

Can’t wait for everybody to see what the incredible Billie Lourd does this season on AHS.A post shared by Ryan Murphy (@mrrpmurphy) on May 24, 2017 at 10:42am PDTThe accompanying image doesn’t offer any helpful hints as far as we can tell — it just raises questions. Is her hair that color for a reason? His latest Instagram post, shared Wednesday, is a perfect example. Can’t wait for everybody to see what the incredible Billie Lourd does this season on AHS,” Murphy wrote.Winter is coming. It shows “AHS” newcomer Billie Lourd and promises she’ll be fantastic, but it reveal any vital character details.”Winter is coming. Why do we bother ask these question when we know we won’t get a response?Until the “American Horror Story” Season 7 premiere this fall, we may just need to resign ourselves to not knowing. For example: How does winter tie in? Murphy will continue teasing the election-themed installment as he sees fit, so at this point, all we can do is try to exercise patience.[via: Ryan Murphy/Instagram; h/t: Deadline] Posted May 25, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongRyan Murphy is doing what he does so well: peaking our curiosity but leaving us guessing.With “American Horror Story” Season 7 coming this fall, the series creator has been occasionally dispensing clues that manage to intrigue us without actually answering any important questions. Doesn’t her outfit look more summery than winter appropriate?

Oh, how they continue.The trailer is packed with big developments, including snippets of Daphne (Maisy Stella) rebelling, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) fretting over her career, confusion over the paternity of Scarlett’s (Clare Bowman) baby, and multiple characters facing danger. It even features a new, key player, Alyssa (Rachel Bilson), a woman Deacon (Charles Esten) apparently is not too fond of. Posted May 25, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe midseason finale brought a big change to “Nashville,” but the second half of the season has a least one constant: drama — and lots of it.On Thursday, CMT previewed what’s to come when the series returns on June 1, releasing a midseason trailer. The preview is intense, that’s for sure. The big guns are coming out — literally — and the show doesn’t seem to be missing a beat.Watch the trailer below.”Nashville” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. In the wake of Rayna’s (Connie Britton) death, the dramatic twists continue. ET/PT on CMT.

Posted May 25, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongBrace yourself for a goodbye: “Chicagp P.D.” is reportedly losing one of its own.Sophia Bush has decided to leave the show, Deadline reports. Neither Bush nor NBC has made an official announcement yet, but the publication’s sources indicate that her departure is in the works. It will still be a blow, though. There have been hints — her character, Erin Lindsay, was last seen considering a job offer at the FBI in New York, after all.Bush may close out her time on the drama series with a guest-starring arc, according to Deadline’s intel. Let’s hope the show leaves open the door for possible guest appearances in the future.[via: Deadline] That would give her a chance to tie up Lindsay’s loose ends and make her departure easier on fans. Lindsay has been a central character since “Chicago P.D.” premiered in 2014 and she has also appeared in cross-over episodes of “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” and “Law & Order: SVU.”With Bush being one the only female series regulars on “P.D.”, NBC is reportedly trying to decide whether to introduce a new character or simply work with the remaining cast. However they handle it, Bush will be missed.

Unless you heard it somewhere else. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneHBO had some good news and bad news for “Silicon Valley” fans today, renewing the show for a fifth season, but also announcing that the producers of the show and T.J. — Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) May 25, 2017Both “Veep” and “Silicon Valley” air Sunday nights on HBO, after “The Leftovers” — which is ending June 4 after three seasons. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. Miller “mutually agreed” that Miller would not return for Season 5.Does that have a whiff of drama? Season 5. pic.twitter.com/3AUwmRcEFh
— Sam Richardson (@SamRichardson) May 25, 2017Season ✋. In Erlich Bachman, T.J. Then you read it here. Like us on Facebook. #SiliconValleyHBOpic.twitter.com/aJSPzhuENj
— Silicon Valley (@SiliconHBO) May 25, 2017Silicon Valley gets renewed. It’s official. will not return for Season 5. It’s happening. Want more stuff like this? You heard it here first. @VeepHBO#more#veeppic.twitter.com/57EZtThOIk
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) May 25, 2017#Veep is returning for another season! has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”Miller has been a busy boy, hosting awards shows, co-starring in “Deadpool,” promoting the upcoming “The Emoji Movie,” and gearing up for his first HBO special on June 17.Meanwhile, in purely good news, HBO also renewed “Veep” for Season 7.Some of the stars of both shows announced the renewal news:Yeah, Veeple, THIS is happening. Or is just the show just naturally ready to move on without Miller’s character, entrepreneur Erlich Bachman, as Miller is also ready to move on to other things?Anyway, here’s the full statement (via The Hollywood Reporter):”The producers of Silicon Valley and T.J. Get your lovely ass ready.

“He’s just an incredible actor and he blows us away every day on set.” Shawn Levy added to ET, of Astin’s character, “Bob is new to our weird Hawkins group, but he’s immediately memorable and I think people are going to be very surprised by where that takes them this year.”
“Stranger Things” Season 2 premieres October 31 on Netflix.[Via: Screen Rant]Want more stuff like this? That’s it. This year, we’ve had two other directors come in and do episodes: Andrew Stanton and Rebecca Thomas, and those episodes are turning out great.”Watch more from Levy:There are a few new characters coming in Season 2, including Sean Astin as Bob Newby, Paul Reiser as Owens, Linnea Berthelsen as Roman, Brett Gelman as Murray Bauman, Will Chase as Neil Mayfield, Sadie Sink as Max, and Dacre Montgomery as Billy.”Sean Astin is a force. No one from the outside.’ I think it’s why Season 1 has a real consistency to the tone, and to the look, and to the vision. But the Demogorgon was kinda cute, no?Levy said Season 1 was directed entirely by himself and “Stranger Things” creators the Duffer Brothers, but in Season 2 they opened the field to two new directors:”That’s been the difference this year. As Levy told Gold Derby:”Will Byers [Noah Schnapp] is very much at the center of several intersecting challenges and threats in Season 2, and I think overall the kind of forces of evil that are inherent in Season 2 make that Demogorgon look quaint in retrospect.”Awww. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Stranger Things” Season 1 debuted last summer, but fans will have to wait until Halloween for Season 2, which now sounds like perfect timing for the evil horror show ahead.”Stranger Things” director/producer Shawn Levy recently had a video Q&A with Gold Derby, discussing the show, its secret viewer numbers (Netflix won’t tell him exactly how many people watch, but he feels like it’s a lot, relative to other series), and his other production work.Season 2 is meant to pick up at Halloween of 1984, about a year after the events of Season 1, exploring the larger mythology of Will Byers’s disappearance. He’s gonna surprise,” Ross Duffer told Entertainment Tonight, a few months back. In our first meeting with Netflix they were like ‘so what kinds of directors are you going to get for the show?’ and I was like ‘it’s going to be the brothers or me. Last year we were very, very protective. Like us on Facebook.

We’re still hoping the answer is Season 7 — or the final Season 8 — and not “never.”As Entertainment Weekly noted when posting its five new GoT covers, and goofy behind-the-scenes photos, Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), Ayra Stark (Maisie Williams), and Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) have only been all together on the show in the very first episode back in Season 1. Check those out here. What’s next? They got split up after that point, with Jon and Sansa only just reuniting in Season 6 (long enough to see Rickon Stark get killed). Below are the five magazine covers they created.Yay, Bran looks mostly upright!As you know, the official Season 7 trailer finally came out yesterday, following the official poster (and “motion poster”) featuring the Night’s King. More interviews from the cast, out of EW and other outlets, before the Sunday, July 16 premiere on HBO.Want more stuff like this? But the converging stories of Season 7 may offer a chance for some kind of larger reunion, whether purely happy or (more likely) bittersweet at all they’ve lost along the way.EW has some great set shots with the four Starks looking like anachronisms in their full costumes. Like us on Facebook. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneWhen will all four remaining (sniff) Stark siblings be reunited on “Game of Thrones”?

If not, I’m surprised by the name Lucy. —DavidAusiello: Looks like you answered your own question at the end there, David. After the Season 6 finale, many fans thought Moana might be introduced in Season 7 — and for the record, we’re still on board with that theory. However, every so often someone wonders if the show will bring in characters from “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and when the Season 6 finale introduced adult Henry’s daughter as Lucy, some fans wondered if that was ABC’s version of young Lucy Pevensie of the Narnia series.It’s not a bad theory. Could they be doing Narnia next season? Matt Mitovich asked the Once creators if there is anything to be gleaned from the naming of Henry’s daughter, and they came back with a decisive “no.”Yeah, that might’ve been a reach, but it’s telling that the showrunners gave a solid “no” answer, when they did not give a decisive “no” to the Moana theory. But I could totally be reading too much into it. Instead, when a fan asked Entertainment Weekly about Lucy’s mother as Moana, co-showrunner Adam Horowitz dodged in his answer, deflecting that the portal doors weren’t necessarily meant to be seen as clues, they were “more of a symbolic thing” to show the large scale of the universe. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneOne down, nine million more theories to go!”Once Upon a Time” fans are always looking for connections, to guess what new Disney, fairy tale, or other fictional characters might be coming to the show next. Like us on Facebook. Along the way, fairy tale characters new and old search for true love, find adventure and once again take sides in the struggle of good against evil, as classic tales are once more twisted and reimagined.”OUAT Season 7 premieres this fall on ABC.Want more stuff like this? But it got shot down in TVLine’s Ask Ausiello spoilers:Question: I loved the Once Upon a Time season finale. But he didn’t say “no.”When Season 7 premieres, three OG characters — The Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla), Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle), and Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) — are said to “return but with new identities in a new city, facing a new curse.” They’ll join forces with a grown-up Henry Mills and his daughter Lucy on “an epic quest to once again bring hope to their world and ours.

But I don’t think it’s the most expensive show. “Yes, it took longer and it’s been more difficult than I imagined. As for the number, it wasn’t cheap. Netflix had never split a series before, and maybe they never will again.As The Hollywood Reporter noted, the series suffered from delays and the departure of original showrunner Shawn Ryan, on top of financial issues, with a budget that was said to reach $120 million (or even higher, according to Deadline), due to the high cost of music rights, production design, visual effects, and more.”The Get Down” was said to be Netflix’s most expensive show, but Luhrmann refuted that to THR last year, saying he heard “The Crown” was the most expensive series. Like us on Facebook. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneBaz Luhrmann posted a letter to fans after Netflix canceled his musical drama “The Get Down” after just one season, something the streaming service has rarely (if ever?) done before.The music saga set in Bronx in the late 1970s ended up streaming in two parts — six episodes last August, and then five more last month, for a total of 11, short of the original 13-episode order. I think it’s on the high end of storytelling.”Here’s Luhrmann’s Facebook note to fans:After “The Get Down” and HBO’s cancellation of “Vinyl,” it might be a while before we see another ambitious music-based series.Want more stuff like this?

Hustlers – this name is a big ol’ eye roll. Apparently it was supposed to be a compliment — they’re all meant to be positive traits — but several people heard hustler as con artist as opposed to someone who hustles, with one example on that tribe being a personal assistant. Videographers
— ShaneDesmondWilliams (@ShaneXtopher) May 25, 2017Is a prostitute considered a healer or a hustler? Lol #survivor#fail
— Giulio (@giulio416) May 21, 2017Like one fan wrote, the tribe distinctions will probably be lost after the first day anyway, when we just get to know the players as individuals, but Probst will probably try to force the theme all season.”Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. The question this season is, how do those imposed labels impact how they see themselves and how will they play Survivor?”Here are some mixed reactions to the theme:Who is the Slippin Jimmy on the Hustlers team. I understand heroes vs hustlers(aka villains) but what the hell’s a healer? That may be a bit of a stretch… A healer can be considered a hero. Healers vs. then we got S35 heroes, healers, and hustlers #Survivor
— Zach McConnell (@Zach_McConnell) May 25, 2017Survivor: Heroes vs. And aren’t healers also heroes, and wouldn’t some of the heroes also be healers?Host/producer Jeff Probst talked to Entertainment Weekly about the theme for Season 35:”Survivor is a game about social politics so we continue to look for new ways to divide people based on human behavior. Hustlers?????? Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneAnother season of “Survivor” ended last night, and during the “Game Changers” reunion show, Jeff Probst shared details on the fall 2017 Season 35: “Survivor: Heroes v. #Survivor
— Keith Dixon (@KeithLDixon) May 21, 2017@DaltonRoss I thought “hustler” was going to mean con artists, not people who work hard! #Survivor
— Sean Vanderfluit (@Vanderfluit) May 25, 2017I thought we couldn’t get cheesier… This season is unique in that they are divided based on how they are perceived by others. Yikes! #Survivor#SurvivorFinale
— Lauren Stoolfire (@SunSoar25) May 25, 2017Because when I think of a hustler I think of hustlers I think “personal assistant” #survivorfinale#Survivor
— Jon Krause™ (@jonkrause) May 25, 2017Heroes, Healers, Hustlers: the distinction will be lost on day one. Hustlers.” Phew! Healers v. #Survivor
— Andy Marten (@MartenAndy) May 21, 2017I really like the idea behind #Survivor ‘s next season, but the name just doesn’t roll off the tongue. — Stacy Solow (@umich98) May 25, 2017@CliffordMyers Really? @JeffProbst@survivorcbs#Survivor
— CBSRealityFan (@CBSRealityFan) May 22, 2017Heroes vs. Like us on Facebook. Most people play hard when u tack on a title to them, like whn the Heroes lost to themselves in HvVillains
— TPAB (@TPAB1) May 25, 2017@DaltonRoss Good hook, glad it’s an all-new cast. What a dumb name for a season. Hustlers, Healers, Heroes…? Jeff Probst will force that narrative the next 38. Veterinarians v. Nurses, doctors, etc. — Rob Nease (@RobNease) May 25, 2017@DaltonRoss Can’t wait for Villains v. #survivor#herosvshealersvshustlers
— Danielle DeTeresa (@ddeteresa13) May 25, 2017#Survivor Next season sounds fun. It’s a mouthful.The theme sounded familiar to some fans, who brought up the white collar/blue collar/no collar theme of Season 30, “Worlds Apart.” Others were confused about the “hustlers” part. Heroes are used to being heralded, healers receive gratitude, and hustlers earn respect. Healers vs. Hustlers” will premiere this fall on CBS.Want more stuff like this? — Alex (@DammitAlexx) May 25, 2017I don’t get the whole heros vs healers thing. They have my vote #Survivor#BCS
— KellySlayAnn (@KellyAnnInDC226) May 25, 2017I don’t think “Hustlers” is quite the right word for that – what about just “Hard-Workers”?

-I SURVIVED DIRTY DANCING 2017-#DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/We1S0JmXpX
— a.m. Was it necessary#DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/rnrcYxvkXY
— Shelby ☄ (@Sh3llbbyyy__) May 25, 2017Good morning to everyone except the producers and director of the #dirtydancing remake
— Steph Beckett (@stephlbeckett) May 25, 2017When you order it online Vs when it arrives….#DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/lQ4FsWIkov
— Bibble & Gubbles (@bibble8gubbles) May 25, 2017Me waking up this morning realizing I wasted 3 hours of my life last night watching this crap!!!#DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/lChH2yk7qg
— Lisa Hought (@lisahought) May 25, 2017#dirtydancing remake after last night. pic.twitter.com/iMtxVxqDhr
— Priscilla (@mrssoto04) May 25, 2017#DirtyDancing movie got me feeling like… pic.twitter.com/ZtFP8PAJcs
— HAA (@poeta_epicus) May 25, 2017
Usually, we look for a few opposing opinions to share another perspective, but … #dirtydancing
— cookie v (@cookievarga) May 25, 2017Me reading all the salty tweets concerning #DirtyDancing. pic.twitter.com/GHgpCBPOkl
— Kristi Steinhour (@SteinhourKristi) May 25, 2017And then y’all end it like this 🤔
I want a damn t-shirt after making it through this mess. Really. — Kara Lee Corthron (@KaraLeeCorthron) May 25, 2017Want more stuff like this? This one might be the closest to a compliment:
I had the time of my life watching #DirtyDancing last night. — natalie burgio (@Cubby9521) May 25, 2017ABC REMAKES #DirtyDancing -Johnny & Baby dont make it. pic.twitter.com/fttKcWdEBO
— Codybill (@Codybill_) May 25, 2017Please put baby in the corner. #DirtyDancing
— Reese (@NY2Pgh) May 25, 2017And just like that, #DirtyDancing Havana Nights doesn’t seem so bad. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneTwitter was not gentle, but it was very funny, in response to the new “Dirty Dancing” remake. And never look back. 💀 (@headphonewearer) May 25, 2017Just when you thought it couldn’t get worse. Ortiz Jr (@RaulAOrtizJr) May 25, 2017First look at ABC’s remake of Ghost #dirtydancingpic.twitter.com/j0gPG1ckl1
— Thomas Rodriguez (@TRodriguez1980) May 25, 2017This ending. ABC: Give us 5 more minutes.#DirtyDancing
— Christine Buras (@TheCBuras) May 25, 2017Actual footage of my face after watching #DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/mx95wtN6bD
— Raul A. The TV movie could’ve been a pleasant surprise, you never know. pic.twitter.com/TYloMG2oLI
— marshall (@MarshallMarsh78) May 25, 2017I had to call in sick today ‘cuz of how I feel after watchin’ @ABCNetwork’s remake of #DirtyDancing 🍉. Like us on Facebook. Terrible in all the best ways & hilarious & #AbigailBreslin still charmed me. any real fans of the remake must’ve left themselves in a corner and away from Twitter. Turn off the lights. #Titantic -Jack lives #16Candles -Jake dumps Sam after eatin cake
— roxαnn (@newxseason) May 25, 20179 hours later and I’m still pissed about ABC’s Dirty Dancing. Close the door. Plenty of viewers gave it a chance, or just chose to hate-watch in defense of the 1987 original, and the result put ABC squarely in a corner.The 2017 “Dirty Dancing” left Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes in the impossible positions of being the new Baby and Johnny, roles made famous by Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze.Brace yourself, ’cause here are some of the reactions:And now, the judge’s scores #DirtyDancing@DancingABCpic.twitter.com/qrRdscvVfU
— Jordan Stefanski (@SirSassquatch) May 25, 2017The face of people after watching this remake #DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/KbzBpBWjCe
— SAMO_Basquiat (@SAMO_Basquiat) May 25, 2017The Original vs the Remake #DirtyDancingpic.twitter.com/U8XzsP6o0G
— SAMO_Basquiat (@SAMO_Basquiat) May 25, 2017Whoever thought to remake #dirtydancingpic.twitter.com/gAUJfrMo4p
— ParrotNoir (@ParrotNoir) May 25, 2017I’d like to state for the record that I feel personally offended and victimized by the Dirty Dancing remake #DirtyDancing
— Emily (@frenchieblogs) May 25, 2017Who else feels personally victimized by this #DirtyDancing remake? What were you thinking!???!?? Oh no. — Josh Papke (@joshpapke) May 25, 2017Why did @ABC_Publicity@ABCNetwork think it was a good idea to remake the iconic #DirtyDancing it was an epic fail leave the classics alone!

My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like. […] I write this because I’ve been accused of promoting anorexia in, ironically enough, an anti bullying post. Posted May 25, 2017 by Gina CarboneSarah Hyland doesn’t owe anyone an explanation for how she looks, but after being attacked for her thin body, she decided to share her story on social media, somewhat similar to her “Modern Family”co-star Ariel Winter. Cause they’re f*cking delicious! I do 🙂 And again, you’re right. ‘Eat a burger’ ‘your head is bigger than your body and that’s disgusting’ And you’re right! pic.twitter.com/6kWlnxgjIb
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) May 24, 2017Part 2 pic.twitter.com/Uu54zACNc7
— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) May 24, 2017Best of luck to her in getting stronger, at least physically. Want more stuff like this? Mentally, she sounds about as strong as a person can get. So I strive to be as healthy as possible, as everyone should. While these comments don’t affect me, they may affect others…”Here’s her recent apparel post:”Sherwood (and nothing else) looks good on me” @domsherwood ❤️ Buy a shirt and a portion of the proceeds go to the Anti-Bullying Alliance! Part 1. But guess what. https://represent.com/sherwood/official-dominic-sherwood-tee-sherwood-looks-good-on-me-blue-eyesA post shared by Sarah Hyland (@therealsarahhyland) on May 23, 2017 at 3:49pm PDTAt least that post is now filled with supportive comments, instead of people telling her to eat more.And here’s her full reaction post to fans, with details on her medication, her hope to get stronger in the future, and her positive suggestions for others:My story as of now. Hyland’s two-part post doesn’t lash out at body-shamers so much as try to explain that she hasn’t had the best year, and the life changes have brought with them a lot of physical changes, including losing weight.Here’s just a portion of her post:”I’d like to address something that has not only been brought up on Twitter but has been HEAVILY discussed by all of you in my Instagram comments. I should eat a burger! No one’s head should be bigger than their body but considering I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass. That something is my weight. I posted a picture of my boyfriend’s apparel line, in which part of the proceeds go to the anti-bullying alliance, and in return I am bullied. Like us on Facebook. […] I am not a fan of ‘being skinny.’ Which many of you have told me that I am too much of. Which made me laugh but then it dawned on me that young girls are reading posts that are saying that I’m promoting anorexia due to my weight. And I want young girls to know that that’s NOT my intention.

In Vanity Fair’s new cover story, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy recalls, “[Carrie] said, ‘I’d better be at the forefront of IX! Photograph of Carrie Fisher and daughter Billie Lourd by Annie Leibovitz.A post shared by Vanity Fair (@vanityfair) on May 24, 2017 at 10:59am PDTIt’ll be bittersweet to see Fisher in her final Star Wars film when “The Last Jedi” opens Dec. “And it would have been.”Needless to say, Kennedy’s comments inspire some serious regret over what could have been. 15.[via: Vanity Fair] Posted May 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongIn case you weren’t already sad enough about Carrie Fisher’s death in late 2016, producer Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that the actress would have had a huge role in “Star Wars: Episode IX.”In a new Vanity Fair cover story, Kennedy discussed Fisher’s excitement about the latest trilogy, including her hopes of having a bigger role in “Episode IX.” Apparently, after finishing her work on “The Last Jedi,” Fisher went to Kennedy and told her, “I’d better be at the forefront of ‘IX!'”As the producer explained it, after watching her co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hammil get to be “front and center” in “Episode VII” and “Episode VIII,” respectively, Fisher saw “Episode IX” as her turn.”She thought ‘IX’ would be her movie,” Kennedy told Vanity Fair. Fisher’s character, Princess Leia, has been a beloved part of the series since the beginning, and it’s hard to imagine the films without her. And it would have been.” #TheLastJedi cast opens up about their final experience working with Carrie Fisher at the link in bio. Because Harrison was front and center on VII and Mark is front and center on VIII.’ She thought IX would be her movie. Knowing that she was meant to be a huge part of the story only makes our sense of loss more acute.Still, we do still have Fisher’s work in “The Last Jedi” to look forward to. Vanity Fair shared a touching photo Wednesday of Fisher and her daughter, Billie Lourd, who plays Lieutenant Connix in the movie.Carrie Fisher’s death may leave #TheLastJedi unaffected, but it changes the course of the entire #StarWars universe.

That demands our attention and our thanks.You’ve been involved in a lot of projects that have cracked open history and exposed a wide audience to stories and moments in time, and you’re certainly learning a lot about these things as an actor performing in it. They keep us safe. Thank you so much.To be able to have your hand in the kind of topics that the show’s been exploring, and the conversations that it’s been launching, what has that meant to you at this moment in your career?It is really something that I was not expecting, but I am incredibly grateful for it. I’m hopeful that things won’t get too out of hand. I’m always looking for things that are going to teach me something, and if I can teach somebody something from telling that story, then I feel like I’ve done my job.We’ve been talking about Washington, D.C., and events taking place there in our everyday lives, pretty much every day, for the past several months. Reading this beautiful, eloquent, moving speech, and I had the benefit of the orchestra with strings. First and foremost, Joe Mantegna and I have been friends for a very long time. Tell me about, for you, the value of these history lessons through your art, where we’re learning about what’s happened in the past.I think of myself as being an eternal student. Is there also even a feeling of kind of responsibility to the topics that you guys have to tackle?I think we certainly feel a bit of a responsibility, but that responsibility is born out of the immediacy of our lives, the reality of our lives, the realities of people of color in this country, and the realities of white people in this country. They invited me, I’m going to say about seven years ago. Gary Sinise and I have been friends for a long time. We are all cognizant of the fact that we’ve been positioned in this way, where we do get to, with good humor, and with a kind of authenticity, express a lot of feelings, and views, and opinions, and perspectives across kind of a generational scale, what the experience is to being American, and also to be black. They’re prepared to lay down their lives. How long have you been dying to get a really funny, funny role?It’s been about ten years that I was sort of thinking about comedy and trying to figure out how to approach it. People are in the military making supreme sacrifice in some cases. So these stories that you’re referring to are, from a distance, examples of where we come from. It’s kind of cool.Have you known a lot of versions of Pops in your time?A lot of versions of Pops? I might have been to D.C. I have not been to D.C. I’m very curious about the world. There’s lots of great lessons inside of those things.Yeah, it’s just I have a pretty insatiable curiosity about, not just my country, but the world. They go for long stretches of times without being with their families. They put themselves in harm’s way. Posted May 24, 2017 by Scott HuverWhether it be dramatizing the lessons of history in projects like “Roots,” contributing the cultural comedy of “black-ish,” or working opposite the superheroic national icons of the DC Extended Universe, much of Laurence Fishburne’s work is very often centered at the heart of the American conversation.That makes Fishburne an eminently appropriate choice to host PBS’s broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., on May 28 alongside Joe Mantegna (filling in for the concert’s traditional co-cost Gary Sinise), celebrating the service and sacrifices of the U.S. But it is the administration that we have. So of course when Joe asked me, all I could say was yes. I’m very curious about my country. I think that we still have a lot to offer the world, collectively and individually, and I feel like this is a moment where we as artists have an opportunity to show through our work the best of the American character, if that makes any sense.You’ve got another season to do that on “black-ish.” Congratulations! No would have been, like, completely inappropriate to say.What do you enjoy about a performance that is an oratory, where you get to perform primarily in the reading, without all of the extra acting elements?I had a whole orchestra behind me — are you kidding? military and their families throughout the nation’s history.The actor joined Moviefone to reveal his thoughts on patriotism, paying tribute to the nation’s servicemen and women, and, while celebrating “black-ish’s” recent renewal for a fourth season, how happy he’s been after a long dramatic career to finally be able to go for some big laughs.Moviefone: Why was the opportunity to host this concert, this annual tradition, a “yes” for you. Can you talk about where you fall in that discussion right now?I feel, still, very proud to be an American. It was fantastic. It doesn’t get any better than that.Why do you think it’s extra important for us to show up for these kind of events, and to engage in this kind of celebration and remembrance, particularly at this moment in time?Because people are making huge sacrifices. Yeah, I think so. There’s that thing that, people that are older, they’ve been around, and they’ve lived long enough to not suffer in fools, and they can just kind of cut straight to the chase, and get to the heart of the matter, with a few well-timed quips. I’m hugely grateful.Also, I have the benefit of working with Anthony Anderson, who is both wonderful in the dramatic and the comedic, and Tracee Ross, who also is able to move seamlessly between comedy and drama. I was in a really comfortable place to work. I haven’t been in a while, so it will be interesting to see what the energy is like in D.C.There’s a lot of different feelings about what it means to be an American, what it means to be a patriot these days. Being known for mostly dramatic roles, it’s the kind of thing that I wanted to be careful that I didn’t just abruptly spin things on its head, because I wanted the audience to be with me. [Laughs] I think we all know a lot of versions of Pops. I was not a supporter of the current administration. So with those two people as the leads of the show, that gave me a really big comfort zone. It feels good to acknowledge these folks for the sacrifices that they make and for their hard work. He’s a pretty universal figure.What’s been fun to give voice to in that kind of archetypal character?It’s really nice to be able to say the things that people are thinking but they’re not really sure they can say, which is kind of that senior thing. So that was the first reason.Then, I returned again not too long ago. What was the thing about it that made you say “That’s something that I absolutely want to go out and do”?Laurence Fishburne: There’s a couple of reasons. Neither one of them were going to let me fall.Have you guys felt, with each new season, more emboldened in the topics you can take on? Are you interested to be in D.C. briefly since President Trump has taken office. and catch the mood and see what’s going on in that city right now?Yeah, it’ll be very interesting to see. They wanted me to come and read a piece that we called “The Last Full Measure.” It was an Abraham Lincoln speech that he delivered about the sacrifices that were made during the Civil War.And that experience really kind of opened my eyes to just how special the National Memorial Day Concert is, in that it celebrates servicemen and women and their families, and it’s a very small, but I think meaningful way, for us civilians to express our appreciation for our military. This felt organic and right and correct, and just came along at just the right time. Our perspective covers a lot of ground.We’re in a position to sort of respond to what’s going on, and I think that that’s part of why we’ve been successful, is because our writing staff has been keeping their eye on what’s happening, keeping a finger on the pulse, or the temperature, or whatever you want to call it, and trying to respond in ways that are fresh, and authentic, and real.The National Memorial Day Concert airs Sunday, May 28th, on PBS. I’m very curious about what makes us tick as human beings. I also read another piece. Although, depending upon who you ask, some would say that things are already out of hand.I’m still very, very much someone who loves our country, and I love our country. Our perspective is not singular. It’s kind of nice.You’ve obviously had such a great career doing so many diverse roles, but with this one you really get to unleash the comedy.

By having it happen off-camera, Mangold didn’t have to “nail … Mangold’s goal may not have been to go easier on us, but we’re glad he did.[via: IGN] Posted May 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThere was no escaping tragedy in “Logan,” but believe it or not, there was almost even more of it.Director James Mangold recently opened up to IGN about the Hugh Jackman-staring film, and he revealed that an earlier version of its opening kicked off with a number of deaths. Since there are bound to be more films in the franchise, the creative leeway could prove helpful.And let’s be honest: We couldn’t have dealt with much more emotional unheaval. (If you haven’t seen “Logan” yet, there are spoilers ahead!) Instead of letting it come out subtly that Professor X (Patrick Stewart) accidentally caused multiple X-Men to die, the film was going to actually show their demises.”I literally had written an opening which started with that sequence,” Mangold told IGN. “And irrevocably, when you read the script opening that way, it became about this other tragedy, as opposed to that tragedy being something hovering like a shadow in the background for these characters.”There were other benefits to the change, too. down” exactly what happened. Killing members of the X-Men on-camera would have made it clear which of the mutants died. “And so it was quite literal, who was dead.”In later drafts, however, the scenes were changed because Mangold felt the opening “redefined the movie” in a way he didn’t want it to.”It made the movie about the X-Men, instead of being about Logan and Charles,” he said.

“In light of the current situation, we will not be proceeding with our plans for the ‘Wonder Woman’ premiere and junket activities in London.”The situation is certainly tense. Given current safety concerns, the studio had to reevaluate.”Our thoughts are with those affected by the recent tragedy in the UK,” Warner Bros. The attack Monday left 22 dead, and police determined that another U.K. The film will make its international debut as planned in Los Angeles on Thursday, but the studio is now foregoing a European premiere.”Wonder Woman” hits theaters June 1 in the U.K. Posted May 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongAfter Monday’s tragic and deadly attack in Manchester, England, Warner Bros. and June 2 stateside.[via: Variety] has decided to cancel the London premiere of “Wonder Woman.”The announcement came Wednesday, a week before the event, which was set to have stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Robin Wright in attendance, along with director Patty Jenkins, Variety reports. didn’t want to take the risk. said in a statement. attack could be “imminent,” according to the New York Times. In response, British Prime Minister Theresa May raised the country’s threat level to its highest alert on Tuesday.Not surprisingly, Warner Bros.

Although Tony encourages him to start small and just be “a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man,” the budding web slinger is desperate to prove himself. Posted May 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongHigh school is even harder when you’re a teenage superhero.The latest trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming” shows Peter Parker (Tom Holland) adjusting to life as a superhero, and it looks like it is challenging to balance saving the day with school Spanish quizzes. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hits theaters July 7. Luckily, Peter has a good mentor: none other than Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). The preview highlights the two superheroes’ unique relationship, as well as Peter’s sharp learning curve as he adjusts to his new role.Like most teens, Peter is eager to become more independent. It makes for an entertaining dynamic, perhaps best characterized by the trailer’s hilarious awkward hug scene.The film also stars Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Donald Glover, Zendaya Coleman, Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, and more.

Posted May 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongDeaths on “Supernatural” aren’t always permanent, but at least one of the characters killed off in the brutal Season 12 finale might be gone forever.Less than a week after fans saw Mark Sheppard’s character, Crowley, sacrifice his life, the now-former series regular posted a goodbye message. In an Instagram post Tuesday, he thanked his “Supernatural” family “for the ride” and said it was “time for something new.” Cue the tears.

“One thing I’ve tried really hard to do is keep the humor in there, to maintain the feeling, amid all the heavy operatic moments, that you’re on a fun ride.”The magazine also included two portraits of Laura Dern, who plays the Resistance’s Vice Admiral Holdo and Benicio del Toro, who plays “a shady character of unclear allegiances” and doesn’t have a name. Posted May 24, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is scattering its heroes across the galaxy to new cities, new planets, and new star systems.In a big cover story in Vanity Fair, director Rian Johnson teased some of the bright, shiny new toys he gets to play with, story-wise. The crew calls him “DJ.””You’ll see — there’s a reason why we call him DJ,” Johnson teased.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters We’ve already heard about the “crazy adventure” that John Boyega’s Finn and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Rico go on.Well, it turns out they’re headed to a glitzy new location called Canto Bight, which Johnson described as “a ‘Star Wars’ Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little ‘To Catch a Thief.'” He added, “It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe.”Audiences will meet all kinds of new aliens and creatures there, which are depicted in this Vanity Fair photo (Neal Scanlan, the creative supervisor of the Star Wars creature shop, is seated toward the right):Canto Bight will provide some levity in “Last Jedi,” Johnson noted.

Posted May 24, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Deadpool 2″ has found another bad guy — but his identity remains unclear.Deadline reports that the sequel to the R-rated superhero hit has cast “The Strain” actor Jack Kesy as a major villain. Morena Baccarin also returns as his love interest Vanessa, Stefan Kapacic as Colossus, and Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead.On “The Strain,” which premieres for a fourth and final season in July, Kesy plays a goth rocker who’s one of the first to be infected with the virus that turns everyone in vampires.”Deadpool 2″ opens in theaters June 1, 2018. In the “X-Men” comics, he usually sends blasts through wooden shillelagh. Kesy is just the latest new cast member to hop on board “Deadpool 2.” Josh Brolin is joining as the main villain, Cable, and “Atlanta” star Zazie Beetz will play Domino. Though his exact role is unknown, sources tell the site that he could be playing Black Tom, a Dublin mutant who can manipulate and project energy through plant life. Ryan Reynolds reprises his role as the titular, foul-mouthed, snarky merc mutant.