Did that affect the way you saw your career going forward?I think, at the beginning of my career, we all aspire to do good work, good material. So I just wanted to be a part of interesting stories. If you want longevity in this business, you’ve got to just listen to your gut. So yeah, of course. Be smart. For me, it’s been so fun just to live on the outside. I think that’s what it is because I have a beautiful family. Never mentioned it. There’s no sort of talking through it. Wake up, go to whatever their family’s a part of, and just know, deep down, I don’t believe in it, but I’d rather not believe in it and still do my day-to-day reality, and still have my family.” They know if they say anything, their families just would turn their backs.So that was so interesting that my show sort of allowed that door to just open up just enough for them to feel they had the courage to just talk to me about such a heavy thing, because that’s their life. The Meyerism, Meyerists are there at work on stage. Yeah, it’s so fun. I gravitate towards characters with conflict, characters that are going through a lot. It’s been interesting, sometimes sad, sometimes “wow” to see these things happen. We want to tell that story. I really got a big taste of it with “BoJack [Horseman],” and now with “The Path.” I get almost as much joy — not as much, but almost as much joy — developing and creating stories. Feels like I’m doing something. Each side wants change, but it’s just an interesting time.After your experience on “Breaking Bad,” what did that do to you as far as your thoughts on the kinds of things you wanted to do next, having that on your resume, after all the accolades that the show got and the love it got from the audience? They’re going to be looking at you, OK, what’s your next move? It’d be nice to have more layers revealed for this character that I love so deeply.What haven’t you done yet that you’re really dying to do?I look at Eleven from “Stranger Things”; Millie Bobby Brown is just so brilliant, but also another tortured character. It’s a dream come true, and it hasn’t even happened yet. They trust in me with that. I don’t know — I love it all!Being a person who’s attracted to those kind of conflicted characters, do you have a pretty peaceful life away from work?I do. But I do have an experience of two buddies of mine, separate group of friends, who have been a part of a movement their entire life. We have some great projects in the works. That’s so, so scary that these movements have such a tight grip on families. Why not?Been in to talk to Marvel yet?Exactly! She just does it so beautifully. We’re so split. But with “Breaking Bad,” we were so blessed to be a part of such a special show for so many years. Or does he just keep everything buried and just sort of go on with those movements? I always knew they were within a certain movement.They just said, “I love your journey you’re going through on ‘The Path.’ I feel that journey.” But, they tell me, they refuse to open up to their family, because they know that they will lose their family, and obviously they don’t want that to happen.So they were in Eddie’s shoes in Season 1: “I’m just going to decide to just go through the day-to-day motions, fine. Trying to understand the other side’s point of view is, obviously … No matter what side you’re on, you’re pointing fingers at the other side in such a passionate way. I saw him show up. Also, a little sad. Maybe a stranger that they feel connected to about it.Endless amounts of strangers opening up to me about their journeys of certain movements/cults, and just saying, “Thank you. I’m so blessed to call Lauren my bride. She was born into the movement, so this is all she knows. I love going to work and feeling heavy emotions. For me, it’s just fun to portray a gamut of stories. I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.So you’ve just got to kind of stick to your guns in that way. I would like to fly. Does he open up about what he’s feeling, knowing that he will lose his family? All of it’s so fun. You see these same kinds of estrangement over political allegiances today in our country.It’s a crazy time we’re living in. Stay away from any sort of cash grab you can. I’m happily married. That’s one of the reasons why I’m so proud to be a part of a show like this that’s not afraid to tell this sort of story.I’m sure, probably unintended, but there’s almost now a sociopolitical allegory to it, too. Never opened up one time. Maybe it won’t even happen, I don’t know. I know what your character is going through. Also, she has special powers. I think it’s a beautiful thing. I’ve had endless amounts of people, especially in Los Angeles, come up to me, because they feel so connected to my character’s journey, so they feel like they want to just talk to someone about it. What I really loved about it, obviously, I have to point out what my character’s journey is going through: I just love that he is stepping foot outside of the reality he called home for so many years, so he’s back to where he started.He knows what life is like on the outside, unlike Sarah. So I think that would be fun. It really just kicked open doors for everyone involved.So I think you just approach your career after “Breaking Bad” in a more delicate way. Hear me out here. A character with special powers. It doesn’t have to be torturous and drag through the heart. It’s an interesting world.Since viewers have gotten a chance to watch this show, have people come up to you and almost felt compelled to tell you their experiences with cults or similar sorts of organizations?Yeah, it’s actually been quite amazing and beautiful — and heartwarming, in a way. Running into old friends, new flings. I feel like the new kid in school every time I come to work. This is why I don’t believe it.” And they see their family members just shut down and just turn their backs. I just love that he’s outside of the pearly gates that he called home, and just trying to come to terms with his new reality.What’s been interesting for you in playing that crisis of faith, now that he’s out? Don’t spend your money. We want to be a part of a good story. You’ve just got to be smart.It seems inevitable that you’re going to get a call from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould at some point to do something with “Better Call Saul.” Are you looking forward to hearing what they come up with when they call you?Oh, absolutely. Separately, they have come up to me, and this is the first time they have ever talked to me about their movement. They love me.” But no. It’s so beautiful getting a deeper look at these backstories. And know, with acting, you’re unemployed the moment they say cut and say, “That’s a wrap.” You may have some things lined up. It’s a scenario not unfamiliar to Paul, who reveals to Moviefone that, not only does he have real-world friends who’ve confided their own similar struggles to him, he also understands what it meant to leave the praised and adored phenomenon “Breaking Bad” to enter an uncertain future — but one he now seems to have well in hand.Moviefone: The subject matter here is so interesting and unique — as you got into Season 2, what were the fascinating things you were learning, not just about where the show was going, but where the creative team was drawing real inspiration from?Aaron Paul: They were pulling from a lot of different areas around this world, around these different movements, and religions, cults. Some things set up at many different places, which we’re very excited about. You just want to act, build your resume, get better jobs, build your career. So maybe that’s why he has this sort of aha awakening moment saying, you know what, everything we’re preaching is bullsh*t. But, at the beginning of my career, I just wanted to work in general. Getting back to his old reality. I’m so detached. I stood up and said to my family that I just don’t believe in what we’re selling. Posted January 25, 2017 by Scott HuverAaron Paul wants you to get sucked into “The Path.” In a good, non-cult-y way, of course.Launching its second season on January 27th, the Hulu drama is set in the world of the fictionalized religion known as Meyerism, where, after a season of coming to grips with a faith-breaking spiritual awakening, Paul’s character Eddie Lane finally found the fortitude to break away from the movement, even as he had to walk away from his still zealous wife (Michelle Monaghan) and kids.Now, Eddie’s finding his way in an unpredictable landscape outside of Meyerism while still trying to stay tethered to the family he left behind. It’s all lies.So we all saw his journey from Season 1, just living a life of lies. It feels a little off, which is great for me as an actor. I don’t know. But I’m such a big fan of that show, of course, for obvious reasons. It’s just brilliant. Not even slowly, just quickly just shun them.A lot of these people come up to me, they thought, “Well, my family wouldn’t turn their back on me. I watch the show, and especially in this last season, seeing all of these great cameos pop up, throwbacks from the pilot, like Krazy-8, Max Arciniega, who’s a dear friend of mine. Because that’s got to be both freeing and terrifying for him.It is freeing and terrifying. It’s just more fun.Do you have a couple projects in your back pocket that you’re developing as a producer?Not for myself — not for myself to act; definitely for myself in general. For me, it’s a little bit more fun really being inside of those stories as a character.I know in my 20-odd years in Los Angeles, I’ve seen friends get sucked into, not necessarily always cults, but some bigger system that they’ve given themselves over to. Have you had those experiences with friends of yours since being here?Not so much. It’s nice to put myself, truly, in those shoes. It’s hard because you’re a part of something so incredibly special, and the world knows it’s special.
Netflix said in a statement, “In a time when America stands divided and the future seems uncertain, a team of five brave men will try to bring us closer together with laughter, heart, and just the right amount of moisturizer. Like us on Facebook. The Emmy Award-winning ‘Queer Eye’ is back and ready to Make America Fabulous Again. With a new Fab 5 and the show’s toughest missions to date, ‘Queer Eye’ moves from the Big Apple to turn the Red States pink — one makeover at a time.”The original “Fab Five” — Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — may have some involvement in the new series, but Netflix is looking to cast new “Queer Eyes.” The reboot will be the streaming service’s first docu-reality series; its first reality competition show, “The Ultimate Beastmaster” premieres Feb. The makeover series originally aired on Bravo from 2003 to 2007, and featured five New York gay experts in fashion, style, personal grooming, interior design and culture. 24.Want more stuff like this? They took the titular “straight guy” and revamped his wardrobe, home decor, food, and lifestyle. Posted January 24, 2017 by Kelly WooTime to make America fabulous again.Netflix is rebooting the groundbreaking reality series “Queer Eye For the Straight Guy,” reports Entertainment Weekly.
Goode proved he can pull off the white tie and tails when he starred in the final season of “Downton Abbey” as race car driver Henry Talbot, who romanced and wed Lady Mary Crawley. “The Crown” is already filming season 2, which will cover Queen Elizabeth II’s (Claire Foy) reign through 1964.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. As Lord Snowdon (who recently died in real life), Goode will have the difficult task of sweeping Margaret off her feet after her devastating breakup with Peter Townsend. He’ll play Antony Armstrong-Jones, a society photographer who marries Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirkby) and becomes Lord Snowdon. The “Downton Abbey” actor is joining the cast of Netflix’s Golden Globe-winning drama “The Crown” in season 2, reports the Radio Times. Posted January 24, 2017 by Kelly WooFirst, a lady, now a princess — Matthew Goode certainly knows how to romance British aristocracy.
It looks like the show will also check in on familiar faces, including Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, and Liv Tyler.Here’s the official synopsis released by HBO:The new season, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. Want more stuff like this? Carrie Coon also returns as Nora, as does Regina King and Kevin Carroll as the Murphys. The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey Down Under.The eight-episode final season of “The Leftovers” premieres Sunday, April 16 on HBO. But much of the season will be set in Australia, where Kevin travels to see his father. Like us on Facebook. Posted January 24, 2017 by Kelly WooThe end is near for “The Leftovers.” HBO unveiled the trailer for the third and final season of the critically acclaimed drama. It’s a haunting, disorienting video, set to the Beach Boys song “Don’t Worry Baby.” If you didn’t think the Beach Boys could sound grim, well, you were wrong.The trailer shows glimpses of Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), seemingly back to police work in Jarden, Texas.
“Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that.”Meanwhile, she kept her diagnosis largely private. Clearly, she’s tough.”Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery?” Andrews told the MMQB. With sports being her “escape,” she was determined not to be stuck watching any football games from home. She’s been busy with the NFL playoffs and is expected to return to “DWTS” Season 24, which premieres on March 20.[via: MMQB; People] Therefore, in spite of having to have surgery in October, she was back at work within days. Posted January 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongTV personality Erin Andrews has had a harder run of it than many of us realized.The “Dancing With the Stars” co-host and sportscaster recently revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated’s MMQB that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last September, just months after wrapping her high-profile privacy lawsuit.The news is surprising considering that Andrews’s work was barely interrupted while she was sick. “DWTS” sources confirmed as much to People magazine, sharing that she didn’t tell her co-stars about her health problems.”She doesn’t show that things bother her, so you would never guess that she was going through something so awful as cancer,” said one show insider.Fortunately, Andrews is doing well and is still working as hard as ever.
Nonetheless, Reynolds appeared to be keeping his expectations in check throughout awards season.”I’ve always said that I wish the Oscars had a category for comedy as well,” Reynolds told Entertainment Weekly in December. 26 on ABC.[via: Twitter; EW] Congrats to all the nominees for these brilliant films. Posted January 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongAny hope of “Deadpool” winning an Oscar was crushed Tuesday when nominations were announced and the film came up empty-handed.In spite of the disappointing news, star Ryan Reynolds seems unfazed. The Oscars will be awarded in a live ceremony on Sunday, Feb. #Oscars2017
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) January 24, 2017Both Reynolds and “Deadpool” itself were considered long shots to be nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Picture, but there was some hope that they’d pop up among the contenders. The actor reacted with a joke on Twitter, making it clear he’d taken the snub in stride. On top of that, he graciously congratulated all of those who did earn nods.Regularly scheduled tickle-fight at Camp #Deadpool is still on. “It’s not an easy job. Oftentimes with comedies you have to have some pathos and real grit that in turn earns you the right to subvert expectations and be funny.”He likely wasn’t surprised by the snub, but it’s still nice he has a tickle-fight to look forward to.Here’s the full list of nominees.
The newbies would play younger versions of the dysfunctional Bluth family, taking some of the load off the Netflix series’ high-profile stars. Posted January 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongGetting the stars of “Arrested Development” together is no easy task, so the producers are having to get creative with Season 5.The upcoming season may rely heavily on flashbacks and even include new actors, TVLine reports. A source tells the publication that the approach hasn’t been decided upon for sure, but it’s one way the show can go on while accommodating the schedules of its original cast.The same scheduling issues arose when making the long-awaited fourth season, and the solution — using a standalone-character format — proved unpopular with many viewers. It’s hard to say if fans will like the idea of different actors playing the Bluths any better, but the format would allow for more of the hilarious group scenes that work so well. As TVLine points out, Executive Producer Brian Grazer previously discussed the need to get creative at a TCA event earlier this month.”I think we found a way to create the compensation structure for all the actors and create a work matrix so they can still make movies and do other things and it will all integrate,” he told Deadline.In the same interview, he revealed that they were “really close” to finalizing deals for Season 5, so if new actors are what it takes to get more “Arrested Development,” we’ll try to be open-minded about any changes.”Arrested Development” Season 5 is rumored to begin shooting in June.[via: TVLine]
“I’m filled with gratitude.”The lack of sleep and hard work clearly paid off. Still, he was clearly thrilled to be recognized, especially with his cast and crew.”I got to see firsthand how much work and inventiveness and sleepless nights they brought to this movie,” he said. #Oscarspic.twitter.com/JsoFuGfffI
— La La Land (@LaLaLand) January 24, 2017Here’s the full list of nominees. Needless to say, it’s been a good month for Chazelle. 26 on ABC.[via: Variety] Posted January 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe 2017 Academy Awards nominations have put the cherry on top of a stellar awards season for “La La Land” and the musical’s director and screenwriter, Damien Chazelle.The movie had already broken the record for most Golden Globe wins earlier in January, and now it has racked up a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations. He still seemed to be processing the huge news when he spoke to Variety Tuesday and was understandably “a little speechless” and having to work to avoid “sounding like a stuttering maniac.”With its 14 nods, “La La Land” now ranks up there with “All About Eve” and “Titanic,” the only other films in Academy Award history to have garnered so many nominations.”When you mention those movies, it makes my head spin even more than it’s spinning,” he told Variety.Chazelle’s last film, “Whiplash,” won three Oscars, so this isn’t entirely new territory for the filmmaker. The Oscars will be awarded in a live ceremony on Sunday, Feb. “La La Land” is poised to bring home multiple awards, and it could even top the 11-award record shared by “Ben Hur,” “Titanic,” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.”Congratulations to #LALALAND on its 14 Academy Award nominations including BEST PICTURE – Tying the record for most #OscarNoms!
“Hunt for the Wilderpeople” Snubbed
This little-seen indie is one of the best films of 2016 (and of the decade), and it was virtually ignored during its platform release last summer. And there was no nomination for two-time winner Tom Hanks (“Sully”) or for Negga’s “Loving” co-star, Joel Edgerton.8. But the film’s only nod was for Mills’ original screenplay.At least he made it into that category; such prospective nominees as “Jackie” and “Zootopia” did not.10. Viggo MortensenThe “Captain Fantastic” star’s nomination for Best Actor was a mild surprise, but it was still a long shot. Its soft (read: practically non-existent) awards campaign didn’t help it get the attention it deserves either. Another indie that fell off the Academy’s radar…?11. Hugh Grant Snubbed
Good will for “Florence Foster Jenkins” apparently extended only as far as Meryl Streep (her 20th nomination!) and those who costumed her. “Deadpool”
Okay, the smash-hit superhero spoof was a longshot for Best Picture or Best Actor, but still, nada for adapted screenplay, editing, sound, or even make-up? Grant was widely expected to get a Supporting Actor nod, but this category was full of surprises.Lucas Hedges, not widely mentioned during awards season so far, grabbed one of the six nominations for “Manchester by the Sea.” And Michael Shannon got one for “Nocturnal Animals,” over his widely touted co-star (and Golden Globe winner) Aaron Taylor-Johnson.5. Here are the biggest WTF moments from the Academy’s announcement.1. (Even though “Arrival” managed to score eight other nominations.)Then again, anyone who expected Annette Bening (“20th Century Women”) or Taraji P. Still, there were a few major inclusions and omissions that made jaws collectively drop. No Love for PixarWhen’s the last time the beloved animation studio missed out on a nomination? C’mon, making Ryan Reynolds look hideously disfigured ought to be worth something.7. Amy AdamsThe five-time nominee may be an Academy favorite, but while she delivered not one but two awards-worthy 2016 performances — in “Arrival” and “Nocturnal Animals” — she wasn’t nominated for either one. On the other hand, congrats to Ruth Negga, often overlooked this awards season, for scoring a Best Actress nomination for biopic “Loving.”2. (Sorry not sorry, “La La Land.”) Its catchy 80s ballads and resonate coming-of-age story put many a smile on the faces of those few that saw it, too bad that didn’t extend to Oscar gold. “Sing Street”Dollars-to-donuts, this perfect indie gem is the original musical that everybody should be talking about. Posted January 24, 2017 by Gary SusmanThe 2017 Oscar nominations yielded a fairly predictable group of trophy candidates, with “La La Land,” “Moonlight,” and “Arrival” dominating the list. Insult to injury department: Andrew Garfield, star of both “Silence” and “Hacksaw Ridge,” was nominated only for the latter.3. Actually, the other various awards organizations have also largely turned a deaf ear to “Silence,” but still, that’s gotta sting. “The Empty Chair”
Documentaries don’t often generate Best Original Song nominees, but Sting’s tune about slain journalist James Foley from “Jim: The James Foley Story” earned a nod over such pre-nomination favorites as Pharrell Williams and Lalah Hathaway’s “Runnin'” (“Hidden Figures”), Shakira’s “Try Everything,” (“Zootopia”), and Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande’s “Faith” (“Sing”).9. Henson (“Hidden Figures”) to earn a Best Actress nod was disappointed as well. Martin Scorsese and “Silence” Denied
Scorsese is also an Academy favorite, but his movie “Silence,” once expected to be a major contender this year, got nothing except for Best Cinematography. “Finding Dory” got swamped, but then so did several of last year’s other popular animated features, including “Sing,” “The Secret Life of Pets,” and “Trolls.”The category offered instead some foreign-made surprise entries: “My Life as a Zucchini” (not that big a surprise, since it got a Golden Globe nomination as well) and “The Red Turtle,” a dialogue-free fantasy romance from Studio Ghibli that was a big winner last year at Cannes but which has yet to make a splash on these shores.6. No Love for “20th Century Women”Mike Mills’ follow-up to his Oscar-winning “Beginners” was widely expected to be a factor this year, with possible nods for directing and actresses Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig. Mel GibsonBy the way, “Hacksaw” got six nominations, including Best Picture and Director, so apparently, Hollywood’s forgiveness of Mel Gibson is now complete.Other projected Best Director nominees as Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Garth Davis (“Lion”), and David Mackenzie (“Hell or High Water”) came up empty-handed.4.
My kids would be a horror show at a public event! 20, she wrote, “Barron will be this country’s first homeschool shooter.” Yikes. It was inexcusable & I’m so sorry. On that note, “Modern Family” Julie Bowen also took some heat for her own inauguration day tweets about Barron looking like he was on his Gameboy or horrified with events, and she eventually replied to criticism:.@MyraLisa I love that Barron is a kid being a kid. Just trying to keep it light. — Julie Bowen (@itsJulieBowen) January 20, 2017Want more stuff like this? On Friday, Jan. I deeply regret my actions & offensive words. — Katie Rich (@katiemaryrich) January 23, 2017The New York Times was the first to report the news of Rich’s suspension, which was described as “indefinite.” Deadline noted that Rich had been writing for SNL since December 2013, working exclusively on “Weekend Update.” She was not listed in the credits for the Saturday, Jan. Like us on Facebook. Posted January 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneEven “Saturday Night Live” has a joke line you can’t cross.SNL suspended writer Katie Rich “immediately” after her inauguration day tweet about President Trump’s 10-year-old son, Barron. 21 episode.As usual, with anything controversial — especially politicized — the public comment has been mixed. A few people defended the joke as just a joke, but many others called for Rich’s dismissal.Both sides of the aisle seem close to actually agreeing on one point: The children of public figures should be off limits for mockery. That tweet was deleted, and now the only tweet on her account is this apology:I sincerely apologize for the insensitive tweet. They did not sign up for this, they are just kids.
We also see a tight shot of Giacomo Gianniotti’s DeLuca, who is still caught in the middle of the Alex drama. Bailey has to make a difficult decision when one of the attendings refuses to work with Eliza, and Stephanie gets caught up in Owen and Amelia’s personal drama.”ABC shared some teaser photos, including the one above of stars Kelly McCreary (Maggie Pierce), Jesse Williams (Jackson Avery), and Jessica Capshaw (Arizona Robbins). 26 with Episode 10, the maximum security prison-set “You Can Look (But You’d Better Not Touch).” Then we finally learn Dr. Her biological parents are Richard Webber and Ellis Grey, making her Meredith’s half-sister and full (still unknowing) rival for Riggs’s affection.Check out the “None of Your Business” photos:With that hair, and that book on Eleanor Roosevelt, you have to love Mama Maggie already.”Grey’s Anatomy” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. You may recall that Maggie’s adoptive parents were said to be getting a divorce. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Alex Karev’s fate on Feb. 9 in “None of Your Business”:”Maggie gets a surprise visit from her mother at the hospital. Like us on Facebook. Below, you can see Martin Henderson (Nathan Riggs) and Kevin McKidd (Owen Hunt), presumably talking through the sudden departure of Owen’s wife Amelia in the midseason finale. Jackson. 2 in Episode 11, “Jukebox Hero.”Here’s ABC’s synopsis for what happens after that on Feb. No clue what he’s up to this week.Entertainment Weekly also got an exclusive look at Maggie’s mom, played by “Luke Cage” actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson, who also happens to be the wife of Samuel L. That’s literally the title, which may be a dismissive quote from one character to another, but we’ll have to wait until the episode airs on February 9 to be sure.Season 13 returns from winter hibernation this Thursday, Jan. Posted January 24, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Grey’s Anatomy” Season 13, Episode 12 is none of your business.
The best idea always wins.For the most part, this movie was born of my imagination. Was that something that you referenced? I’ve never felt more supported as a filmmaker.Is it hard for you to help develop this character and then watch him go off into other movies? Before we’d even written a script I said, “I want this final battle to be people fighting forward in time while the world is un-destroyed in reverse time around them.” It was just a concept and an impossible one, one that had never been done. And what was your reaction to the reaction?The last screening I did for the film was at USC, my alma mater. No, we never referenced specifically “Star Trek.” I remember exactly where I was standing when that idea first came to me. They approach the creative process without any ego at all. So I know the story, but I don’t know how Strange fits into it and I don’t want to know. He’s a brilliant dude.I know nothing has been announced, but is this a character you’d like to return somewhere in the Marvel Universe?I hope so. The common criticism I had seen was, “Every Marvel movie ends in a big fight, where there’s a portal opening to some other dimension and they destroy a city to close the portal.” So I thought, “OK, what if we have the un-destruction of a city and, instead of closing the portal, we go into it and go to the other side.” So that was the idea. He’s going to be in “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” Do you call the other filmmakers and check in on him?No! I want to go to those movies and be surprised by where the character shows up.It was reported that Dan Harmon was brought in. Then he went off and wrote different things. And Kevin Feige is also a USC graduate. And my kids have seen every episode of “Community,” which means that I have seen every episode of “Community” multiple times. It’s so, so good.Earlier today, I sat down with director Scott Derrickson, who spoke to me about Dan Harmon’s contributions to the final movie, why Cumberbatch also played the film’s otherworldly baddie, and whether or not the mystical stronghold changed its password after one of its members went bad.It goes without saying that there is a very heavy SPOILER WARNING issued for the following, but since everyone and their magical cat already saw this movie, I’m less concerned.Moviefone: Just wanted to start off with a serious question: Did they have to change the Wi-Fi password at Kamar-Taj after Mordo left and went bad?Scott Derrickson: [Laughs] No, I think they would keep that Wi-Fi password.So, if Mordo was in the neighborhood, he’s got his laptop, no problem.Well, as you know, accessing Wi-Fi doesn’t mean accessing any systems within Kamar-Taj.Oh, that’s true. There’s very little arguing or conflict. So we agreed to do a screening and it was on the Friday night of its release, so the reviews had already come in. But were you nervous at all? Then he came back to me and said, “What do you think about me doing it?” And I said, “Well, why would you want to do it?” He said, “Well, I think I’d do a good job,” which was a great answer. It felt very much like a “Star Trek” original series gag, and I know Kevin Feige is a big “Trek” fan. And just as a fan of his I was wondering what he brought to the movie.Well, Dan is a proper genius. The more I watch that show, the more I think he’s a certifiable genius. I can’t wait to see that!” He’s an extraordinary filmmaker.I only know the story of “Infinity War” because I ran into (co-director) Joe Russo outside the bathroom at Marvel, and we got to talking, and he pitched me the movie while we were standing there. So I wanted every set piece to be unique and be weirder than anything you’d see in any other movie. We’re keeping it.”Another aspect of that final sequence is Cumberbatch playing Dormammu. We’d been working for hours and right as we were about to leave, I threw that idea out there — while we were standing there — and started throwing it around and by the end of that session, we had the concept.Jon went away and wrote it. My starting mantra, to use that word, was that every set piece in this movie should be the weirdest set piece in any other movie. He was asking who was going to do it, and I didn’t know because we hadn’t cast anybody yet. And they got behind it. It’s like, “What’s Taika [Waititi] going to do with Doctor Strange? Joel McHale is my best friend, and my family and his family have a BBQ together every weekend, that’s no exaggeration. So I knew it was a huge success.I was standing outside the theater at USC, waiting alone, and here comes Kevin walking up, and he’s so approachable and down-to-earth. They are there to help you and help find the best possible ideas. We were about to leave. It came in so good that we said, “This is the end of the movie. I said, “Kevin, someday somebody’s going to make a bad Marvel movie. So, if your ego is checked at the door, everybody finds the best idea together. He really is. He’s wearing his ball cap and his sweatshirt and his tennis shoes and drinking a Starbucks. So I told him I’d think about it and went away and thought about it and I thought: “Nobody could understand that character better than Benedict because he knows the movie inside and out.” And the fact that he was game to do it and willing to do it was great.So I became convinced, not just because he’s such an amazing actor, but because Dormammu is the inverse of Strange at that point — he’s the ultimate egomaniac, when Strange is becoming more self-sacrificial. They’re not egotistical, they don’t need to be right, they don’t need to have things done their way — and you go in with all of your talent and all of your skillset as a director and all of your vision, they hire you for that vision. He really is.Meeting him in person — he’s odd and quirky — but what he did was, he came in, saw a cut of the movie, and had a really striking analysis. I’m excited to see what the other filmmakers do with him! A lot of filmmakers talk about what it’s like going in there and trusting the machine. There was never anything but enthusiasm on Marvel’s part for that approach.Talking about set pieces, I wanted to talk about that final set piece, which is so striking. Because he hadn’t read any of the scripts and didn’t know the Doctor Strange mythology and I’m not sure how much of a comic book fan he was. But he saw the movie, loved it, and had some breakdown things that were very helpful. I get asked this question a lot and it would probably make me a little uneasy, but I love these filmmakers so much. They want you to make your movie. And out of all the things from the first draft of the screenplay that Jon wrote, that’s the section of the script that remained untouched. I think the biggest takeaway is that Marvel movies and the quality of Marvel movies are the result of a handful of creative people who are producers, but they’re artists and film-lovers first. It almost felt like a commentary on the endings of most superhero films. I love the character so much, and I also love the incredible possibilities that the movie opens up for future stories. We were just pushing our imaginations as far as we possibly could to come up with the most outrageous concepts, and using the comic books as inspiration for some of those concepts — obviously — and then trying to go past them. But I hope so.”Doctor Strange” hits Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on February 14 and Blu-ray on February 28. That’s where he gets involved in cosmic impossibilities, battling giant monsters, dabbling in time travel, and generally teeing himself up to be the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I think he was just asking in passing. How did that come about?It was actually Benedict’s idea to start with. It’s mostly just hearing ideas and shooting ideas back. He said, “Well, how do you feel?” I said, “I feel relieved.” He kind of smiled. That alone was probably his biggest contribution. I went to Kevin and said, “Benedict is willing to do this, I think we should let him do it.” And he said, “Why?” And Kevin just agreed [with my reasoning] so we did it.The movie came out and was obviously a huge, huge hit. Was there ever any push-and-pull in terms of just how far you could push things?No, I think everybody was in agreement that we needed to push it really far. Posted January 23, 2017 by Drew TaylorThe greatest thing about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is that just when you think you’ve got it figured out, they’ll throw a curveball your way, in the likes of something like the charmingly goofy “Ant-Man,” the outer space adventurousness of “Guardians of the Galaxy” or, most recently, the psychedelic prog-rock album cover mind-bendiness of “Doctor Strange.””Doctor Strange” (out on Blu-ray on February 28) sees the gifted neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (played, winningly, by Benedict Cumberbatch) have his hands crushed in an auto accident, leading him to seek more alternative therapy on the other side of the world. Because we were struggling with the ending, and I just threw out this rough pitch of it.[Writer] Jon Spaihts was there and [executive producer] Stephen Broussard was there, and we started the batting the idea round. It was over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and the box office projections were in the [$80 million range]. But I just said, “Well, let’s write it and figure out how to do it. But it ain’t gonna be me.” He laughed really hard at that.What was your main takeaway from the Marvel process? He was the voice we needed to hear at the time, and I will always be thankful and watch anything he does. It’s not a machine at all. So all the timing would have to line up and all of that kind of stuff. So, this is such a unique take on the Marvel Universe. Was that conscious?Yeah, it was. And that’s what we did.”And when Strange gets to the other side, he essentially annoys the villain into defeat. I came in with a very hard take, based on the comics, and I was always pushing the envelope of what was possible to do. Everybody wants somebody to have the best idea, all the time. There are some jokes that might have stayed in there, but for the most part, the scenes were a little too out in Dan Harmon-land, even for “Doctor Strange.” But I really love the guy and I really think he made a significant contribution in the process.
Posted January 23, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongIf you think the logistics of an “American Horror Story” crossover season sound tough, you’d be right.Ryan Murphy, the creator of the FX anthology horror series, previously revealed that Season 7 wouldn’t be the crossover one, which is good because it will give him more time to seamlessly tie together each installment. “Like, Sarah Paulson will probably be playing 18 characters.”What he has established, though, is that the crossover season follow “a character from season 1 that will be thrust into the world that you are left with at the end of ‘Coven,’ which is sort of like the male/female/witch academy.”However he does it, it’s bound to be interesting, just as all of the seasons of the show have been so far. “American Horror Story” has already earned renewals through Season 9. He recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about his ideas, candidly discussing some of the challenges.One major one is that he’ll have to bring together numerous characters, including some played by the same actor.”All of those characters will intertwine, which is confusing because some of them are from seasons 1 and 3,” he told EW. That means Murphy doesn’t need all of his crossover answers now, but he may want to do the complicated season before he has even more characters to try to work in.[via: EW]
Not only has she previously appeared on “The Voice,” “Family Matters,” and had a cameo in “Honey.” She’ll be just one familiar face stopping by “Star” this season; radio host Rickey Smiley is also slated to appear in another episode. It’s familiar territory for Elliott, especially considering that her character, Pumpkin, is both a producer and recording artist.It sounds like Elliott’s character may stir the pot. Clearly, they’re keeping things interesting.”Star” airs on Fox on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. The show centers on three young singers trying to find their way to stardom. Posted January 23, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongMissy Elliott is ready to work it.The Grammy-winning rapper and record producer is taking on a guest role in Fox’s new Lee Daniel series “Star,” Deadline reports. Pumpkin is described as “dangerous” and apparently is a blast from the past for Carlotta (Queen Latifah). She’ll be around for at least an episode, popping up to surprise Star (Jude Demorest) and the other girls at a performance, thanks to Star’s boyfriend.This won’t be Elliott’s first TV guest role. ET/PT.[via: Deadline]
Harrelson struggled to find them — presumably because he was terrified — and actually thought he was going to die. “Put a gun to my head.”He said the robber took his money and also demanded his car keys. Posted January 23, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe glitz and glamour of Hollywood doesn’t make actors immune to scary and unlucky experiences.Woody Harrelson recently shared his story of being robbed at gunpoint while speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at the Sundance Film Festival. To celebrate, he had bought himself a new Porsche. (As one does, right?) On his way out to his car one night, a man stopped him.”A guy came up and robbed me,” he told THR. Fortunately, he was safe and got to go on and make us laugh as Woody Boyd and many other wonderful characters.[via: THR] He lucked out, though; someone else came into the parking garage, prompting the man to take off and leave him unscathed.All in all, it sounds awful. He described the experience as “really an uncomfortable night.”Um, that might be an understatement.As Harrelson tells it, he was 23 years old and had just landed his “Cheers” role.
“It’s straightforward and minimalist, and I like that.”The samurai comparison is an especially apt one, since “Star Wars” creator George Lucas has frequently cited samurai flicks as part of his inspiration for creating the original series in the first place. “It’s funny, ’cause back when we were making the original, nobody cared.”We can definitively say that that’s no longer the case. And we’ll be anxiously awaiting the next bit of information the Mouse House shares.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is due in theaters on December 15. Posted January 23, 2017 by Katie Roberts”Star Wars” fans spent the better part of Monday freaking out over the just-revealed title of “Episode VIII,” now known as “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” While there are plenty of different meanings one can draw from that phrase, the person to whom many think it refers has given the moniker his official seal of approval.Mark Hamill weighed in with his thoughts on the title during an interview with the Associated Press on Monday, noting that he’s a fan of the choice.”It’s got a real samurai [feel],” Hamill told the AP of the new name. And we agree with the actor that the title’s simplicity is a strength, since it’s easy to remember, but also thought-provoking (hence all the speculation about its true meaning).In the same interview, Hamill also revealed that he learned the title long ago, while shooting the flick, and was pretty nervous about being trusted with such high-level intel, especially when it comes to the notoriously secretive Disney.”They have us so jacked up with paranoia over leaks, but that’s the way of the world,” the actor told the AP.
They’re what’s keeps me going.”Questionable grammar aside, this unauthorized movie has also come under fire for its less-than-stellar casting, featuring a group of actors who may as well be playing a bunch of strangers rather than celebs like Spears, her onetime paramour Justin Timberlake, and the rest of *NSYNC. Nevertheless, we’ll totally be tuning in for the inevitable cheesiness.”Britney Ever After” debuts on Lifetime on February 18.[via: Lifetime/Twitter] Until you hit rock bottom.”Later, a struggling Spears says, “I want to be strong, for my fans. pic.twitter.com/IADZsZe9x2
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) January 23, 2017But the moment when she turns on the electric razor is certainly the most memorable, as the singer laments, “Everything’s just kind of this blur, you know? #BritneyEverAfter premieres, February 18th at 8/7c. Posted January 23, 2017 by Katie RobertsAt long last, the first teaser trailer for Lifetime’s upcoming unauthorized Britney Spears biopic is upon us, and it’s just as bonkers as you’d expect.The short clip features narration from Spears (played by Aussie actress Natasha Bassett), juxtaposed over images of the wildly successful pop star’s career — as well as her infamous mid-2000s meltdown, in which she shaved her head and lashed out at the paparazzi. There are also glimpses of her cavorting with Kevin Federline (Clayton Chitty), writing around onstage in front of hordes of screaming fans, and smiling and waving to cameras in happier times.You know her name, but do you know her story?
Trump himself has publicly denounced Baldwin’s impression (and the show itself) multiple times on Twitter, so there’s no telling what the new POTUS will say when he hears the actor is set to headline an entire episode.Before Baldwin takes the Studio 8H stage, actress Kristen Stewart will make her hosting debut on February 4, alongside musical guest Alessia Cara (who recently contributed to the “Moana” soundtrack). That appearance will break the actor’s own record for the most times a single person has hosted the show; he was previously tied at 15 hosting gigs apiece with fellow comic Steve Martin, before pulling ahead with his 16th hosting appearance in September 2011.Just going to put this here. #SNLpic.twitter.com/AmFSlwBTOB
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) January 23, 2017While 2011 marked his last time as emcee, Baldwin has been a frequent presence on the “SNL” stage in recent years, including his recurring gig this season playing the new commander in chief. Ed Sheeran will mark his second stint as musical guest when Baldwin hosts on the 11th.[via: SNL/Twitter] Posted January 23, 2017 by Katie RobertsTrump impersonator Alec Baldwin may not have appeared on the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live,” but he’s making up for that absence in a big way, and will return to the show as its host next month.Baldwin will emcee “SNL” on February 11, his landmark 17th time as host.
26.[via: Variety]Want more stuff like this? 2WORST ACTORBen Affleck / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gerard Butler / Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Robert De Niro / Dirty Grandpa
Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. 2WORST PREQUEL, REMAKE, RIP-OFF or SEQUELAlice Through the Looking Glass
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
Fifty Shades of Black
Independence Day: Resurgence
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Zoolander No. (Time for another look at The Sad Affleck meme.)Here’s the full list of 2017 nominations:WORST PICTUREBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
Zoolander No. 2WORST SUPPORTING ACTORNicolas Cage / Snowden
Johnny Depp / Alice Through the Looking Glass
Will Ferrell / Zoolander No. Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneSorry, Marthas, but your boys are in the doghouse. 2
Jesse Eisenberg / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jared Leto / Suicide Squad
Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. A Madea Halloween
Alex Proyas / Gods of Egypt
Zack Snyder / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Stiller / Zoolander No. How do you choose between Jared, Jesse, and Johnny — or would you just stick with one of the “Zoolander” guys?The Razzies will be handed out on February 25, which is the day before the Oscars air on Sunday, Feb. A Madea Halloween
Julia Roberts / Mother’s Day
Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Naomi Watts / Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
Shailene Woodley / Divergent Series: AllegiantWORST SUPPORTING ACTRESSJulianne Hough / Dirty Grandpa
Kate Hudson / Mother’s Day
Aubrey Plaza / Dirty Grandpa
Jane Seymour / Fifty Shades of Black
Sela Ward / Independence Day: Resurgence
Kristen Wiig / Zoolander No. A Madea Halloween
Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson / Zoolander No. 2WORST DIRECTORDinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley / Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Roland Emmerich / Independence Day: Resurgence
Tyler Perry / Boo! The 37th annual Razzie Award nominations were just released, with “Zoolander 2” topping the list with nine nods (poor Todd is going to get another foamy latte to the face), followed closely by “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with eight.The Golden Raspberry, aka Razzie, nominations are always released the day before the Oscar nominations (which arrive Tuesday morning), shining a sad light on the biggest cinematic disappointments of the previous year.As Variety noted, this year’s categories were expanded from five to six contenders, giving even more stars a chance at public humiliation. 2WORST ACTRESSMegan Fox / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
Tyler Perry / Boo! 2WORST SCREENPLAYBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Gods of Egypt
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
Independence Day: Resurgence
The Worst Supporting Actor race is an especially tough one to call. Like us on Facebook. 2WORST SCREEN COMBOBen Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill / Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals / Gods of Egypt
Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume / Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors / Collateral Beauty
Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig / Boo!
Several other Episode VII stars are returning — including John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, Dohmnall Gleeson, and Andy Serkis — with new additions to the cast in Benicio Del Toro, Laura Dern, and Kelly Marie Tran.What do you think of the title, and its meaning?Want more stuff like this? Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski.STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is scheduled for release December 15, 2017.”From “Return of the Jedi” to “The Force Awakens” to “The Last Jedi.” It’s a great title, and a great transition, but who is the “last”? Like us on Facebook. (Twitter is now having fun coming up with titles for that one.)As Entertainment Weekly reported, director Rian Johnson confirmed that “The Last Jedi” will pick up close to the end of “The Force Awakens,” with little-to-no time jump. You could assume it’s Luke Skywalker, shown at the end of “The Force Awakens.” But what about Rey (Daisy Ridley), also shown with Luke at the end of Episode VII? Posted January 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe official title of “Star Wars: Episode VIII” has been revealed!Here’s what StarWars.com posted on Jan. In appreciation of the fans, we wanted them to be the first to know the title of the next chapter in the Skywalker saga: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI.THE LAST JEDI is written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. 23:”We have the greatest fans in this or any other galaxy. We’ll follow Rey as she’s ready to start her Jedi training.We know Luke’s twin sister Leia, now a general, will be in Episode VIII, and the late Carrie Fisher had already completed her scenes for the film. If she becomes a Jedi, does that suggest the end of Luke, or do they mean Jedi as plural?We know “The Last Jedi” is not the last movie in the saga, since “Episode IX” is scheduled for 2019.