Writer/director team Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are at the helm again.”Bad Moms” was a surprise hit last summer, earning over $180 million worldwide on just a $20 million budget.”A Bad Moms Christmas” is set to be released in theaters November 3. Posted May 2, 2017 by Kelly WooThe “Bad Moms” are getting their own bad moms, just in time for the holidays!”A Bad Moms Christmas,” the sequel to last year’s hit comedy, has cast Susan Sarandon, Cheryl Hines, and Christine Baranski as the mothers of Kathryn Hahn, Kristen Bell, and Mila Kunis.In the sequel, overworked and underappreciated moms Kunis, Bell, and Hahn are faced with the overwhelming headache otherwise called Christmas … which is made even crazier when they have to host their own mothers.Justin Hartley and Peter Gallagher are also joining the cast, while Jay Hernandez, David Walton, and Wanda Sykes are set to reprise their roles from the first movie.
But will Elektra be herself when she’s revived — or will she turn into the Black Sky as prophesied?Oh, great. Netflix released a new teaser video for “Marvel’s The Defenders” which points to the return of Elodie Young’s Elektra, who died in the Season 2 finale of “Daredevil.” The video shows the massive stone urn her body was placed into by the Hand and someone pouring blood into — and the urn opening!It seems very likely the Hand means to resurrect her just as they did Nobu. #DEFENDpic.twitter.com/PT4ldeiFRP
— The Defenders (@TheDefenders) May 2, 2017Elektra was always mercurial in her principles, anyway, and the video’s sarcastic caption (“Oh great”) and follow-up answers on Twitter indicate that she will be more foe than friend to the Defenders — Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron First, and Jessica Jones — when she returns. Posted May 2, 2017 by Kelly WooSome people just don’t stay dead in this city. “The Defenders” begins streaming August 18 on Netflix.
💔 Pitch will not be returning. Your support and love for the show has always moved us deeply! Baseball did not grab the same ratings as sexy political intrigue, alas. All that said: this team put something original and high quality on TV and should be very proud of it — I certainly am of them.”
The series was originally going to launch in spring of 2017, but was moved up to try to capture “Scandal” fans after Kerry Washington went on maternity leave. “Ginny Baker has profoundly changed my life and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that resonated with so many people. MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!- Thank you to all of the fans who took the journey with us! I don’t have some eloquently thought out caption, because I’m still processing it all. Loved every minute. Thank you to all of the fans who took the journey with us! Ginny Baker has profoundly changed my life and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that resonated with so many people. No way around it: we took a bad hop grounder to the face today. I wasn’t ready to let go of Ginny, but more than anything I wasn’t ready to let go of my Pitch family- the cast, crew, creators and writers, thank you for the magic. I love you all.”My heart is heavy. Posted May 2, 2017 by Sharon KnolleIt’s strike three for Fox’s baseball series “Pitch” — EW reports that the series, which starred Kylie Bunbury as the first woman to pitch in the major leagues, has been canceled.”I”m sorry to tell you that ‘Pitch’ will not be getting a second season,” executive producer Kevin Falls confirmed on Twitter.Bunbury shared a heartfelt Instagram post thanking fans of the show. ❤️ Ginny Baker out ✌🏽⚾️A post shared by Kylie Bunbury (@kyliebunbury) on May 1, 2017 at 7:32pm PDT
Co-creator Dan Fogelman tweeted: “Obviously we’re all crushed — thank you to our amazing fans and thank you to our incredible cast & crew. I wasn’t ready to let go of Ginny, but more than anything I wasn’t ready to let go of my ‘Pitch’ family- the cast, crew, creators and writers, thank you for the magic… I love you all. Your support and love for the show has always moved us deeply!
For our big #JungleCruise creative meeting at DISNEY’s highly secure R&D facilities, me and @danygarciaco were escorted into THE VAULT. Anytime you see anything connected to a new-ish movie, from an elaborately themed meet-and-greet to a preview of an upcoming movie playing in a disused 3D theater, that stuff isn’t paid for by Disney Parks; it’s paid for by Walt Disney Studios. In the lead-up to “Moana,” Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios often deferred to Johnson, who debuted a number of trailers and clips on his personal social media accounts. It’s notoriously difficult to get anything green lit at Walt Disney Imagineering, since the costs are so high and the time to create the attractions so lengthy, but if there’s outside money helping it along, then that certainly greases the wheels. Sure, Johnson is working on a movie adaptation of the attraction but the post still seemed pretty “out of left field.” But was this post another example of his patented brand of self-aggrandizing braggadocio or is there something to his claims?First, let’s get into his claims that he and his production partner Dany Garcia were invited to a secret corner of the Walt Disney campus. Banker: Oh that seems fun, Mr. Roy: Alright gentlemen, so me and my brother Walt, want to build the greatest multiple theme park attraction in the world. Walt Disney Imagineering is a tight-lipped group that some have referred to as Walt’s “Black Ops Unit” back when he was still alive. (Although the facilities are close.) There’s a nearby library dedicated to all things Walt Disney Imagineering that contains a lot of things, including that map of Disneyland, which inspired Johnson to post a bizarre, imaginary conversation between Walt Disney, his brother, Roy Disney, and some undisclosed banker. That means that if the other parks fell in line with this project, Tokyo Disneyland potentially couldn’t — and wouldn’t — follow suit.)If Johnson and his production partner are willing to help fund the makeover, which they can also chalk up to promotion for the new movie, then all the better. A very special opportunity for us and our @sevenbucksprod to create an unforgettable and fun EXPERIENCE for families around the world. Posted May 2, 2017 by Drew TaylorOver the weekend, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, uploaded a photo of himself at a Disney campus and claimed, in no short order, that he would help revitalize The Jungle Cruise, one of the signature attractions of the Disney Parks (and one of the opening day draws at Disneyland, from way back in 1955). But it’s also a creaky one. BUT what takes this to the next level, is that we’ll partner with Disney’s brilliant Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the #JungleCruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world. Cant imagine what that meeting with bankers was like. (Walt privately controlled the group to keep it away from financial second-guessing.) Well, that mostly has to do with Johnson’s 85 million Instagram followers. Plus, there’s the time it takes to overhaul one of these attractions. #JungleCruise #TheExperience #DisneyStudios #Imagineers #SevenBucksProds #WaltAndRockWouldveBeenBesties #AndWorkoutBuddies #WaltWouldveLovedMyJackedUpPickUpTruck 😉🤙🏾A post shared by therock (@therock) on Apr 29, 2017 at 9:59am PDTWe’ve been to the Disney Vault and this certainly isn’t it. Exciting times. There’s no groveling when the project is a huge corporate priority.And here’s the other thing — if there’s a theme park attraction already in the parks worldwide, then there’s a much better chance Johnson’s “Jungle Cruise” will actually get made. If this update is coming from Johnson/Garcia and the team behind the new movie, it’s all but assured that it’ll actually get completed. Lastly, and this is a big one, why would Disney allow Johnson to post something like this? Curtains were pulled back for us to reveal the actual drawn up plans that Walt Disney had his brother, Roy Disney take to New York to present to the bankers in 1950 for the potential loan to build what’s now known as Disney Land. It’s clear from the photo that he was at Walt Disney Imagineering, the branch of the company responsible for designing all of the theme parks, attractions, restaurants, and cruise ships. Well, clearly I don’t know how the hell men were actually talking in the 50’s, but what I do know is being able to star in and produce #JungleCruise is a dream come true. There is undoubtedly a pile of concepts on the Imagineers’ desks about how they could enhance this attraction, and every time it goes down for a rehab it’s either something minor or purposefully goofy (like the annual Jingle Cruise holiday makeover).The kind of circuitous movie-based-on-a-theme-park-attraction-then-inspiring-the-attraction phenomenon isn’t new; Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films was installed in Pirates of the Caribbean, an attraction that is arguably more passionately adored than Jungle Cruise. (Back when they thought “The Lone Ranger” was going to be a hit, there were plans to install those characters into Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. That’s why it’s there. The studio is clearly just as itchy to get “The Jungle Cruise” (and its corresponding revamp) out there in the wild, and who better a spokesperson to have than The Rock? it’s magical. Disney. A legitimate vault where all of Disney’s biggest secrets and plans are kept. (If only he knew the kind of financial loop-da-loops that Walt and Roy went through to get that park open on time.)Secondly, the concept that Johnson and Garcia could help remake the Jungle Cruise (an attraction that is a staple of Disneyland, Magic Kingdom in Florida, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland) isn’t an outlandish one. Considering the massive changes going on at Disneyland, where the “Star Wars”-themed land is currently being constructed, it’d be a bummer if you saved up all year to come to the park and couldn’t even see the backside of water.(One potentially thorny issue: Disney doesn’t technically own the Japanese theme parks; the Oriental Land Company, a leisure and entertainment company founded five years after Disneyland opened in Anaheim, does. He wasn’t, as he claims, in The Vault (although more on that in a minute). And had “Tomorrowland” succeeded, it would have precipitated a major sea change in that section of the park, beginning with a nifty augmented reality game.) The reason those proposed enhancements never come to pass is because it’s hard to justify the costs when there are other, more pressing (and more popular) attractions to focus on. Movies based on the theme park attractions are a priority, but they’re just as cumbersome to get produced as the attractions themselves and the last 10 years have been littered with well-intentioned would-be blockbusters (Guillermo del Toro’s “The Haunted Mansion,” Jon Favreau’s “Magic Kingdom,” Max Landis’s “Space Mountain,” the list goes on …) With these moves, Johnson is all but assuring his latest genre franchise will make it to the big screen and with a truly mighty amount of promotional power behind it. The photo Johnson posted was in one of the main hallways of the Glendale, California campus.Grateful SOB to have Walt and Mickey watching over my shoulder as @danygarciaco and I embark on this amazing project. Roy: *smiles in a playful mischievous manner, Oh yes my good man, it will have a few things that are in fact, fun. Next step is finding our visionary director. And as Walt Disney himself would say… Sure, it’s a classic attraction.
I kill with my heart.”@McConaughey I deal in lead. Deal with it. Posted May 2, 2017 by Kelly WooMatthew McConaughey and Idris Elba are taking their “Dark Tower” duel seriously.The actors will playing the deadliest of enemies in the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s “Gunslinger” novel series. #DarkTowerMoviepic.twitter.com/IvpjVKFHCH
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) May 2, 2017And here’s the official synopsis of “The Dark Tower”:Jake Chambers (Tom Taylor) is a young 11-year-old adventure seeker who discovers clues about another dimension called Mid-World. Upon following the mystery, he is spirited away to Mid-World where he encounters the lone frontiersman knight Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), who is on a quest to reach the ‘Dark Tower’ that resides in End-World and reach the nexus point between time and space that he hopes will save Mid-World from extinction. But with various monsters and a vicious sorcerer named Walter Padick (Matthew McConaughey) hot on their trail, the unlikely duo find that their quest may be difficult to complete.”The Dark Tower” opens in theaters August 4. #DarkTowerMoviepic.twitter.com/NdDw4qtD0w
— Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) May 2, 2017Elba shot back with with one of his hero, Roland Deschain aka the Gunslinger, declaring, “I don’t kill with my gun. In advance of the first trailer, expected to debut tomorrow, they both released teaser videos via social media playing up their characters’ antagonistic relationship.McConaughey’s villainous Man in Black ominously promises “the Tower will fall” in his teaser:@idriselba I know this.
It stars Katherine Langford as Hannah, a high school student who kills herself and leaves 13 audiotapes explaining her reasons, including sexual assault, substance abuse and bullying.The show first aired with a TV-MA rating and three episodes came with a “viewer discretion advised” warning. “While many of our members find the show to be a valuable driver for starting important conversation with their families, we have also heard concern from those who feel the series should carry additional advisories….”Netflix also directed viewers to 13ReasonsWhy.info, where they can find a crisis text line and the suicide prevention hotline. Mental health experts complained that wasn’t enough. Posted May 2, 2017 by Sharon KnolleAfter heavy criticism that its teen series “13 Reasons Why” glamorizes suicide, Netflix has added more trigger warnings for graphic content.The series, which is co-produced by Selena Gomez, is based on Jay Asher’s 2007 YA best-seller. And Netflix has an aftershow, “Beyond the Reasons,” that addresses some of the more serious issues raised by the series.Series creator Brian Yorkey also defended Hannah’s graphic suicide to THR: “As difficult as it is to watch, it should be difficult to watch.”Despite (or because) of the controversy, the show will likely be renewed for a second season. Several schools also sent warning letters to parents saying that “the show may be perceived as glorifying and romanticizing suicide.”Netflix announced Monday it has now added a warning before the first episode and “also strengthened the messaging and resource language in the existing cards for episodes that contain graphic subject matter,” according to THR.”There has been a tremendous amount of discussion about our series ’13 Reasons Why’,” Netflix said in the statement.
He also shared a picture of William with his older sister and mom Molly.He thanked all the staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles by name and urged people to donate to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”Please say a prayer or send positive thoughts to the families with children who are still in the hospital now because they need it,” Kimmel said, getting choked up.He said he will be taking the taking the rest of the week off and guest hosts would be filling in for him.We’re sending all the hugs to Kimmel and his family. Posted May 2, 2017 by Sharon KnolleJimmy Kimmel got very emotional as he revealed on last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that his newborn son has a serious heart condition.In the show’s opening monologue, Kimmel’s voice shook as he shared the story of how his new son William, born April 21, was born with a heart disease.”He appeared to be a happy, healthy baby until about three hours after he was born,” Kimmel shared, then related how a perceptive nurse noticed the baby had a heart murmur and wasn’t the right color.Luckily, a heart surgeon was found right away to repair one of the defects in little Billy’s heart and the operation was a success. Kimmel said his son would need another surgery in three to six months and then another operation in his teens to replace the heart valve he has now.Kimmel shared photos of his son on Monday, with dozens of tubes attached, and then a happy, smiling photo of the baby from yesterday.
Here’s how Marvel’s web-swinger vaulted over many obstacles and spun one of the most beloved of all superhero sagas.1. A storyboard for what the filmmaker had planned can be seen above.5. Raimi tried to shoot on real New York locations whenever possible, but most of the big action set-pieces — including the Goblin’s attacks on Times Square and the Queensboro Bridge (above) — were shot primarily on Hollywood sets with computer-generated cityscapes added later.17. Producer Ian Bryce said the eight-minute Times Square sequence was even more complex to stage than the massive D-Day invasion he’d helped recreate in “Saving Private Ryan.”16. Fincher ultimately passed on the gig because he didn’t want to do an origin story; rather, he wanted to do the tragic Gwen Stacy storyline that would eventually inform Marc Webb’s “Amazing Spider-Man” movies. “Spider-Man” was one of the first films forced to make changes in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. That teaser trailer had to be scrapped. 4. They’re the kind they wore in ‘X-Men.'” But the scene was trimmed.21. When it premiered, it became the first movie ever to cross the $100 million mark its first weekend, debuting with a record $114.8 million. While the lawyers were trying to unsnarl the legal webs, writers drafted several Spidey screenplays that never got made. Also, its green color meant it had to be filmed in front of a blue screen during effects shots, while Maguire’s blue and red costume had to be shot against a green screen. It consisted of 580 pieces and took half an hour to put on, but Dafoe insisted on wearing it whenever possible instead of dressing a stunt double in it. One reason it took until 2002 to get a Spidey movie made: nearly two decades worth of lawsuits over who controlled the film rights. Directed by the guy whose best work was the micro-budget “Evil Dead” horror movies?Yet it all somehow worked, breaking records on its opening weekend, launching a lucrative franchise, and making bankable A-listers out of Maguire, co-star James Franco, and director Sam Raimi. had with “Never Say Never Again”).2. Dafoe’s Goblin costume bedeviled the filmmakers. Cameron also came up with the idea of making Spider-Man’s webs organic, rather than synthetic creations shot from a device worn on his wrist. Eventually, he decided that the daddy issues at play in the Goblin storyline were interesting enough to drop Doc Ock.6. So the two actors had to have their effects shots done separately, even in scenes where they appeared together.18. Sony suits found test shots of Spider-Man crawling up the side of a building so convincing that they thought they were seeing actual footage of Maguire in costume.15. “Spider-Man” cost a reported $139 million to make. Eventually, the job of writing the “Spider-Man” screenplay went to “Jurassic Park” screenwriter David Koepp. Two other script doctors polished Koepp’s work; one was two-time-Oscar-winner Alvin Sargent, who’d resurrect the Doc Ock story in his own script for “Spider-Man 2.” But ultimately, Koepp earned sole screen credit. It was the future “Magic Mike” actor’s first job out of college.11. Raimi (above, center) wasn’t Sony’s first choice to direct; other filmmakers up for the job included Chris Columbus, Jan de Bont, Roland Emmerich, Ang Lee, Tony Scott, M. Worldwide, it grossed $821.7 million.24. Also, images of the Twin Towers had to be airbrushed out of the posters and digitally erased from the film.23. Speaking of “X-Men,” Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was also supposed to have a cameo. In a way, all the legal delays were fortunate, since a lot of the movie’s stunts would have been impossible in the days when CGI was still primitive or non-existent. It came down to a battle between MGM, the studio whose only reliable source of revenue was the James Bond series, and Sony. The studio was fined $59,000 for workplace safety violations.20. The studios finally agreed to a swap: MGM would give up its Spider-Man claim if Sony would stop trying to make its own 007 movies (like Warner Bros. Among those on the short list: Wes Bentley, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Furlong (who had been Cameron’s choice), Chris Klein, Heath Ledger, Freddie Prinze Jr., Jay Rodan, and Scott Speedman. Posting on Instagram last summer after seeing Holland re-introduce the wall-crawler in “Captain America: Civil War,” the original Peter Parker called his successor’s performance “great.” Also auditioning to play the lead were Franco, who ultimately landed the role of Peter’s pal Harry Osborn instead, and Joe Manganiello, who was instead cast as bully Flash Thompson. But Raimi had enjoyed Maguire’s lead performance in “The Cider House Rules” and was sure he could capture Peter Parker’s insecurity and decency.10. The iconic upside-down kiss scene was shot on the New York street set of the Warner Bros. Posted May 2, 2017 by Gary SusmanHard to remember now, but there was a lot of skepticism about the first “Spider-Man” movie before it came out 15 years ago this week (on May 3, 2002).Tobey Maguire as a superhero? Initially, the Marvel Comics guru was supposed to approach Peter and say, “Hey, kid, would you like a pair of these glasses? During construction of a “Spider-Man” set in Hollywood, welder Tim Holcombe was killed in an accident involving a tumbling forklift. Night Shyamalan, and David Fincher.8. The film’s first teaser featured a scene especially shot for the ad, in which Spidey traps a helicopter full of thieves in a giant web suspended between the World Trade Center towers. Ultimately, Raimi’s life-long Spider-Man fandom earned him the gig.9. It would go on to earn $403.7 million in North America, making it the biggest hit of 2002. (Sargent was married to one of the film’s producers, the late Lynda Obst.)7. But Sony and “X-Men” studio 20th Century Fox tussled over rights issues, and the appearance didn’t happen.22. For Mary Jane, Raimi envisioned actual redhead Alicia Witt. Maguire spent months buffing up and working with a physical trainer, a yoga teacher, a martial-arts master, and a climbing instructor. Similarly, Maguire wasn’t the first choice for Peter Parker. Octopus. He kept Cameron’s organic-web concept, among other ideas, but changed the villains to Green Goblin and Dr. Another early script outline came from no less than James Cameron, who envisioned a story pitting Spider-Man against Electro and Sandman (villains who’d eventually find their way into later Spider-movies). The obligatory Stan Lee cameo — he’s briefly seen pulling a girl to safety during the Times Square attack — was supposed to be longer. One of the more bizarre efforts was a script more like “The Fly” than a superhero story, with a mad scientist subjecting Peter Parker to radiation experiments that transformed him into an eight-limbed freak, a violent human tarantula.3. With Tom Holland gearing up to star as the third Spider-Man in 15 years (in July’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”), he’s already earned Maguire’s blessing. He also studied the movements of spiders in order to imitate them.14. studio lot in Burbank.19. But Dunst, drawn by Raimi and Maguire’s indie-film credentials, lobbied for the part and auditioned successfully.12.Willem Dafoe landed the Green Goblin role only after Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich, Liam Neeson (Raimi’s “Darkman” star), and John Travolta all said “no.”13. A henna-haired Kirsten Dunst as love interest Mary Jane Watson?
(And don’t expect Ego to be a straight-up good guy. As family reunions ago, it’s not one of the best.)4. You’ll just have to watch the movie to find out. But none of the scenes set up or tease “Infinity War,” at least not directly. 2,” including Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax (Dave Bautista) Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and Groot (Vin Diesel). A few characters mention the owner of the best space chair ever by name, but the movie never shows him. Stick Around for the End CreditsMarvel fans are conditioned by now to stick around when the credits roll. Instead, it looks like High Priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and her people, “The Sovereign,” will serve as villains this time around. Its sequel sets a record for the MCU, with five (!) — one of which features our pal, Stan Lee. But that’s okay, because all signs point to Baby Groot being the sequel’s breakout character. The Team Gets Some New MembersAll five of the original Guardians return for “Vol. Now, Star-Lord and his merry band of intergalactic miscreants are back for another adventure.Here’s everything you need to know before seeing the latest addition to the MCU, including what the team’s new mission is and why you should absolutely stick around after the credits.1. Instead, the goal is to offer moviegoers an even wider glimpse of Marvel’s cosmic characters.That means new alien races like the Sovereign, new beings like Ego, and plenty of other surprises along the way. 2,” but he’s still a far cry from the giant tree monster he used to be. (Nebula will not officially join forces with this “bunch of a-holes,” and fans can expect her to go out on her own by the time the movie ends.)Fans will also see one entirely new character seemingly join the roster. And that’s a good thing, because “Guardians 2” has plenty to offer diligent audience members.The first film featured two end-credits tags — Baby Groot dancing FTW! Expect even more nerd-friendly cameos and Easter eggs this time around, including the debut of a new MCU character played by a certain Italian Stallion.6. The Cosmic-side of the MCU Expands Director James Gunn is making a point of keeping Star-Lord the only (mostly) human character in this film. Find out what all five scenes have in store when “Guardians” hits theaters Friday. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) is an empath/psychic who just might give Drax a run for his money as the most socially-awkward member of the team.2. But the team will expand a little for this next adventure.Yondu (Michael Rooker) will be more ally than frenemy this time around, while Nebula (Karen Gillan) is apparently abandoning her father, Thanos, and throwing her lot in with the Guardians — but not before clashing with sis, Gamora. Say Hello to Star-Lord’s DadThe first “Guardians” played up the mystery who Star-Lord’s papa was; all we knew at the time is that it was some cosmic being powerful enough to make Peter Quill capable of wielding an Infinity Stone without vaporizing himself.That mystery gets solved in “Vol. Or his chair. Thanos Sits This One OutThe first “Guardians” was notable, among other things, for giving Thanos his first significant role in the MCU. There Will Be Lots of Baby GrootWhen last we saw the Guardians, Groot had narrowly survived his great sacrifice and was slowly regrowing his body. It doesn’t appear that he’s made much progress since then.Groot may be mobile again in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. The trailers alone make it clear that Groot is responsible for more comedy than ever, and based on the amount of Baby Groot-themed merchandise out there, Marvel clearly expects fans to fall in love with this tiny, squeaky-voiced incarnation of the character.3. 2,” as the team comes face to face with Star-Lord’s pops, Ego the Living Planet (Kurt Russell). Posted May 2, 2017 by Jesse Schedeen”Guardians of the Galaxy” was easily the breakout hit of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Two. It’s kind of his specialty.5. What the heck is a Living Planet, and why does it look an awful lot like Snake Plissken? But even with Marvel Studios steering full-steam ahead to 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” don’t expect the Infinity Gem-coveting villain to make a return appearance here. The Sovereign are a race of intensely xenophobic aliens who become the latest in a long line of enemies Star-Lord manages to attract.
It’s like nobody remembered to warn him about spoilers. Just last month, he revealed that his character won’t be killed off.We’ll see Sheeran pop up in “Game of Thrones” Season 7 sometime after its July 16 premiere.[via: The Daily Mail] “I sing a song and then she goes, ‘Oh, that’s a nice song.'”Since his cameo is apparently only around five minutes long, we probably now know the gist of the entire scene. Yes, you probably saw that coming given he’s a Grammy-winning musician, but the information is new nonetheless. Posted May 1, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe “Game of Thrones” showrunners know how to do a surprise right.They didn’t just convince Ed Sheeran to do a guest appearance on the series as a surprise for co-star Maisie Williams (Arya); they also got him to (spoiler alert) sing for her as part of his cameo. He let it slip during an interview with The Hits Radio.”I do a scene with Maisie,” he said, according to The Daily Mail.
Then they gave me two really great scenes to audition with.I kind of appreciate that now, because I think if I had known at the time, it would have just been a lot of pressure that would have made it difficult to maybe perform. So that’s usually what I’m thinking about when I’m doing it.What was your way into her, emotionally as a character? Tell me about figuring out how you were going to pull of on camera the sonic canary cry.Every time that I have to do a cry, I really tried to focus, and I really tried to have it come from a place of her pain, and her personal struggle, I think that’s what the fuel is behind that scream. I felt confident, but then I got here and they really helped me get to the point I needed to be at.Tell me about that side of it. I have a couple of women who do stunts for me. Stephen is definitely our quarterback.On camera and off camera, after five seasons, it’s a well-oiled machine. So that’s just going to keep happening.She’s going to be able to use her power more and more, because she’s training, she has Curtis and Felicity, all of these technical people there who are helping her in every way, and then you have her training physically, so she’s just going to keep getting stronger, and help the team — just keep helping out the team.It’s interesting, because there are certainly indicators that Dinah’s going to go a certain place and perhaps assume a certain superhero identity — Black Canary — but she’s not there yet. When I came in, they really gave me a trainer, and they really took it seriously, and helped me get on track with my fitness. I think it’s important.I’ve had some funny talks with your producers in the past about you poor actors, those of you who have powers, trying to figure out how to act out your powers moments. That was pretty much it. Stephen is an incredible leader in everything that he does. But it’s really helped me become a happier person, too. Either one would be great.Tell me how much you’re enjoying this gig. You dive in, you start changing your body, you start being able to do a lot of things you couldn’t do after a few weeks time. I really learned how to meditate, and how to find my center, and just feel strong from the inside out.It’s something that I didn’t expect to come with all of this. That’s what she was experiencing at the moment that she got the power.So I tried to sort of like really just put my heart into it, and not just make it a physical thing, but put all of her pain, and like all of her power into that scream. Unless it’s something that’s really out there and I need to be like wired up, and I’m going to just hurt myself — like, there’s no question. Everybody on it really just welcomed me in right away and were so warm.It was incredible coming in for the first time and seeing this thing, which obviously already has so much momentum behind it, so much life behind it, and jumping on to this moving piece has sort of been one of the biggest adventures of my life.It’s been really cool coming in fresh at this point, because I think for them, too, it’s nice to sort of have that element of newness around where like, I’m not aware of how everything works. My goal is really to be at that level where I can pretty much do anything on my own. Were you already pretty well-trained, or did you really have to hit the gym and take some classes to be able to pull off the physicality?I felt ready enough that I knew I had some physical background. It’s a gift that I think he has.I definitely look up to him as a leader while we’re shooting. What was that process like getting on the show?For the audition, they didn’t tell me that the character would be Dinah, and they didn’t really give me any information other than, she’s a vigilante and she’s a badass. They work with me, and they are excited that I want to do as many of my stunts as I can. Yeah, I found out after I booked the role. So that was a really nice outcome that surprised me.Was there a stunt where maybe normally they would have called in the stuntwoman, but you were able to say at some point, you know what, I think “I got this — can I try it?”The more that we do, the more I ask if I can do this! It was really quite intimidating coming in after five seasons and being so completely green. The show’s on a TV schedule, but does movie-level stunt work, and you throw yourself into the part of the choreography that you’ve got to pull off. But Harkavy’s most certainly prepared to suit up in Black Canary’s leathers should that call ever come, as she explained to Moviefone.Moviefone: I know you have secrets to protect, but tell me what you’re able to tell me; give me a little tease into the next couple of weeks, for Dinah in particular, on “Arrow.”Juliana Harkavy: I think Dinah’s theme for this season is that she’s finding her place, and she’s settling in, and she’s becoming stronger and better as she works with the team. She’s still becoming a part of the team and finding her footing. What are the things about it that you’re really loving being a part of the “Arrow” ensemble?The whole thing is just, honestly, it’s a dream come true. Absolutely, yeah. She’s the sweetest ever, and I’m just excited to learn from her. It was really exciting.How badass-ready were you when the part came your way? From the part itself being a dream role, really, to just the cast and crew of producers just being some of the kindest, warmest, most welcoming people I’ve ever worked with. I am so excited! Is Stephen Amell the quarterback for the team among the actors, as well as on screen?He is, yeah. Posted May 1, 2017 by Scott HuverJuliana Harkavy is ready to sing like a canary about everything “Arrow” — just short of whether she’s actually going to become the new Black Canary.All signs point to Harkavy’s recently introduced character Dinah Drake being poised to assume the heroic mantle once assumed by sisters Sara and Laurel Lance: She’s got the badass bona fides as a former undercover cop; she’s a metahuman with a sonic scream, like her comic book counterpart; she’s learning the vigilante way as the newest member of Team Arrow; and she shares a name with the earliest, 1940s incarnation of the superheroine.Of course, in the Arrowverse, anything’s possible — there may be another identity in store for Dinah, or she could befall an abrupt end. I had been going to the gym a lot, and I did feel prepared. What did you key in on once you knew you had the part?This moment where she sort of became a meta, and was when she experienced a terrible tragedy and lost the love of her life, and lost her partner, and he was shot right in front of her. I think that she also knows, Dinah knows that, again, she’s familiar with loss. I think that’s sort of just in his nature. I think it’ll be something to see.Exactly, yeah. I think she’s still learning. I thought I’d get strong, and go to the gym, and I’d get in good shape. They sort of had a “Okay, sit down — we have something to tell you” phone call, and they told me, and it was amazing. I felt strong when I began. That must be kind of an exciting prospect for you, to potentially share some scenes with Katie. I had my moments, my learning curves, and I’ve hit my roadblocks and my stumbles. I was still only at about 60%. We’ve spoken. She’s been part of this forever, and she’s just awesome, so I can’t wait to share some screen time with her and just be some badass girls together, it’d be great.Either a team up, or throwing down against each other. He sets the precedent for the rest of the show. He’s efficient, he’s smart, he’s aware of sort of everything that’s going on at once, beyond just what he’s focusing on in that moment. I think it keeps it exciting for everyone, because they can teach me, and they do all the time.”Arrow” airs Wednesdays on The CW. That’s something that just made me sort of open my heart to her right away.And I also had recently lost a very dear friend, so I was also dealing with my own mourning, and my own loss, and I was able to, especially that 511 episode where you actually see the flashback, and you see her dealing with that, I was able to really use it in my own life, and connect with her, and find this common ground.Tell me about working with your fellow actors, the members of Team Arrow. I don’t think it’s something that should just kind of fall into her lap. She’s developing her strength in all areas.We’ve heard that the show’s most recent Black Canary, Katie Cassidy, is going to be coming back to the show. Overall, it’s just been one of the most incredible and positive things to ever happen to me, really.Tell me a little bit about getting the part. It’s taking her some time. A lot of the times they will let me. Nobody treated me like I was a newbie. What they told you when they first approached you, and what you kind of had to wrap your head around as far as playing Dinah. The team just lost Laurel in a big way, and they’re dealing with that, and she doesn’t want to fill her shoes, and she’s empathetic towards what they’re going through.So if it happens, I think it’s going to take some time, and I think that it should take time. Every member of the team knows their job pretty well. It’s been transformative, I think spiritually, as much as it has been physically. Tell me about that experience.That’s been one of the fun things about the whole experience, is the physical challenge, and feeling myself get stronger. I think the rest of the cast does, too. He really is. They’re absolutely incredible. So for you to step in and be the newbie — give me a little sense of that experience.It was terrifying at first, to be honest. No. I honestly, I can’t wait.
31 on Netflix.[via: Emmy; People] The kids can’t even let their parents or other family members read the scripts.”It’s a new season, and it’s a lot stricter than last year,” Gaten Matazarro (Dustin) told Emmy.Apparently, he sent his brother the scripts last year, but that’s not allowed anymore because of concerns over “hacking interference,” as he put it.We can’t blame the streamer for calling for caution. Posted May 1, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongEven birthing one of the “Stranger Things” kids isn’t enough to get you advanced intel on Season 2 anymore.In an new interview for Emmy magazine, the cast revealed that Netflix is being more careful to avoid leaks compared to the show’s first season. “Stranger Things” is due out this fall, and it seems like another show that could be targeted given its large following.In the meantime, stars Matarazzo, Millie Bobby Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard, and Noah Schnapp are filming in Atlanta, Georgia. Netflix is unfortunately very familiar with more than just scripts ending up in the wrong hands; just this week, a hacker leaked several episodes of “Orange Is the New Black” Season 5 online ahead of its release.Netflix evidently has some work to do to figure out how to prevent such hacks in the future. We’ll get more of the addicting series when “Stranger Things” Season 2 premieres Oct.
The upcoming season starts streaming May 30 on Netflix. Posted May 1, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongFrank and Claire Underwood are coming back, and their vision for America is more than a little scary.Netflix released the official “House of Cards” Season 5 trailer Monday, and it shows Frank (Kevin Spacey) laying out his philosophy to Claire (Robin Wright). As he says in the preview, he considers the American people “like little children” and thinks it is up to them to “hold their sticky fingers.” To him, that means dictating what they think and how they feel.As if that weren’t foreboding enough, Frank doesn’t seem to be bothered by little things like term limits. He starts rattling off election years, indicating that he can see the two of them sticking around 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for at least two decades.”One nation, Underwood,” he says.If you thought the most recent U.S. presidential election was scary, just wait for “House of Cards” Season 5.
The issues are bigger than now taking questions from reporters attending via Skype, for example. She ended up giving an impassioned speech about how real journalism is being ruined by “a morally bankrupt gang of racist bloggers, anarchists, Dominionists, radio hosts, and rancid women-haters.”Watch C.J. ET/PT on TBS. Posted May 1, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe first “Not the White House Correspondents’ Dinner” got off to a special start Saturday night. make her triumphant return below, plus confirm that Bee is a witch.”Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” airs Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. Cregg. Instead of kicking off the show herself, host Samantha Bee let everyone’s favorite fictional press secretary do the honors.Allison Janney returned to the podium as her “West Wing” character, C.J. There, she answered questions about the “Full Frontal” host’s event and dealt with some of the changes in the media that have taken place since the political drama ended its run in 2006.
Posted May 1, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongKelly Ripa finally has a regular “Live” co-host again: veteran TV host and producer Ryan Seacrest.Following the April 2016 departure of her former co-host Michael Strahan, Ripa had a revolving door of guest hosts, including Seacrest. @RyanSeacrest#KellyAndRyan#LiveKellyRyanpic.twitter.com/YqV9n0IeTG
— Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa) May 1, 2017It looks like we’ll have to call Seacrest the hardest working man in New York City instead of Hollywood now. As we can see now, he ultimately decided to fill it with a morning talk show.The decision remained a secret until Monday when Seacrest joined Ripa on what is now “Live with Kelly & Ryan.” After teasing that she would be introducing her new co-host, Ripa came out with Seacrest, and the duo showed off their new marquee and greeted the enthusiastic audience before he finally got to claim his chair and jump right into the job.Ripa tweeted out a video of their grand entrance.The Seacrest is out! Meanwhile, the now-former “American Idol” host’s gig wrapped around the same time when the Fox singing competition series ended, freeing up some room in his schedule.
The role of Dr. Roach has said he prominently featured AOL in the film so that he could get a year’s subscription to the online service. The musicians would perform together in Los Angeles under swinging-’60s-style pseudonyms. Ultimately, Hoffs’ husband, Jay Roach, would direct all three “Austin Powers” movies.3. Other inspirations were the British humor favored by Myers’ father, who had emigrated to Canada from England, and the Burt Bacharach song “The Look of Love” (a tune associated with the 1967 Bond spoof “Casino Royale”), which Myers heard one day on a car radio. Originally, Myers didn’t want to play both hero and villain. That was Demi Moore, who served as a producer on all three of them.22. It earned back $53.9 million in North America, making the film a modest hit in theaters, though its popularity really took off on home video. The band’s name came from a fictional beverage company in an obscure Italian thriller (1965’s “The 10th Victim”) starring original Bond Girl Ursula Andress. I would say it’s in a latent phase right now, but someday if we find the right idea…, for sure. Myers thinks latex bald caps don’t look authentic enough on the big screen, so he shaved his head to play Dr. That meant shooting all his Austin scenes first, then going back and shooting all of Dr. A lot of that money went into the pocket of an actress who didn’t actually appear in any of the films. Myers’ Dr. Myers’ “Wayne’s World” co-star Dana Carvey reportedly grumbled that Myers’ Michaels impression was actually his imitation of Carvey’s own Michaels impression.7. It made him wonder what had happened to all the 1960s swingers, which prompted him to flirt with then-wife Robin Ruzan in a now-familiar English voice, where he would spout now-familiar archaic catchphrases. Evil and Scott.14. There are countless references to James Bond films throughout the “Powers” saga, but also references to many now-forgotten Bond knock-offs of the 1960s, from Dean Martin’s Matt Helm franchise to James Coburn’s “Flint” movies to Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer films (the source of Austin’s chunky horn-rims).5. “Austin Powers” marked the first time that Elizabeth Hurley, then best known as Hugh Grant’s model girlfriend, proved she could carry the lead role in a movie. In 1999, HBO made a deal for a 13-episode “Austin Powers” cartoon series that never came to be. But when Zima’s parent company, Coors, realized that the scene was making fun of their beverage, they yanked permission, and Austin found himself nursing a Tab diet cola instead.16. As in “Wayne’s World,” product placement is the source of many jokes throughout the film. Myers started the band in the mid-’90s, along with alt-rocker Matthew Sweet and Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs. The film cost a reported $16.5 million, which seems like an incredible bargain given the film’s visual inventiveness. But because I was so obsessed with Austin, I used to torment Mike by squeezing, stroking, and petting him at every opportunity.” She added, “When I see Mike now, I still launch massive physical attacks on him, which send him fleeing for cover.”11. He hoped to cast Jim Carrey as Dr. Another “SNL”-er, Will Ferrell, launched his movie career in “Austin Powers” as the unkillable henchman Mustafa.10. It was a process that became even more complicated in the sequels, when Myers was playing three or four characters at once.15. (Among the next of kin: “Moonraker” Bond Girl Lois Chiles and Rob Lowe, who would play the younger version of Robert Wagner’s Number Two in the sequels.)18. Posted May 1, 2017 by Gary SusmanHas it really been two decades since the release of “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”? Ming Tea, the psychedelic band that appears between scenes of the movie, seems like an afterthought, but it was actually the birthplace of the Austin Powers character. The pet was played by a feline named Ted Nude-Gent. There was also supposed to be a scene where Austin tries desperately to show his ’90s trendiness by drinking a Zima. Hockey fan Myers named two of the characters, General Borschevsky (Elya Baskin) and Commander Gilmour (Charles Napier), after two of his favorite Toronto Maple Leafs players.13. Evil is clearly modeled to look like Blofeld from the Bond films, but his voice and gestures — even the pinky-to-the-mouth movement — were reportedly mimicry of Myers’ old “Saturday Night Live” boss, Lorne Michaels. The only thing they asked us to do in the final cut, which was kind of surprising to me, was they thought there was too much butt-cheek on Mike when he got thawed out, so I went for a slightly more profile version.”20. Mike gave me the break of a lifetime in letting me direct [‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’], so I’m always good to go.” But they were all pretty innocent body-shape jokes. Evil’s scenes. Similarly, Myers spoofed Blofeld’s fluffy Persian cat as the hairless Mr. Evil. The PG-13 movie was close to scoring an “R” rating thanks to the film’s funny “nude blocking” scene between Austin and Vanessa. “Soul Bossa Nova,” the movie’s chirpy instrumental theme, was a song Quincy Jones wrote and recorded back in 1962. But there would be a third installment in theaters, 2002’s hugely popular “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” Altogether, the franchise earned $676 million in theaters worldwide.21. (Sorry not sorry).Released 20 years ago this week, on May 2, 1997, the modest and often obscure spoof of 1960s British spy movies launched a blockbuster franchise, countless catchphrases (and your friends’ terrible impersonations), and perhaps the most beloved character in Mike Myers’ gallery of goofballs.So hop in our time machine and travel back 20 years to learn the defrosted spy’s top secrets.1. Evil, but while Carrey was interested, he was unavailable because he was making “Liar, Liar.”6. Second, as she recalled in 1999, “I’m ludicrously tactile, and Mike isn’t at all. It had also served as the theme song to the Canadian game show “Definition,” which Myers had enjoyed as a kid. She found acting opposite Myers difficult for two reasons. Will there ever be a fourth “Powers” picture? Yeah, baby! Evil’s resentful son went instead to Seth Green.9. Among them: an extended fight scene between Austin and Random Task; two scenes featuring Christian Slater as a hypnotized henchman; cryogenics gags involving the defrosting of Gary Coleman, Evel Knievel, and Vanilla Ice; and scenes where the families of various slain henchmen are informed of their tragic and violent deaths. One of the fembots is played by Cindy Margolis, the pinup who claimed, in the early years of the Web, to be the most downloaded woman on the Internet.12. Myers claimed that up to 40 percent of the dialogue in the film was Improvised — most famously, the “Shhh” conversation between Dr. So its use here was a nostalgic in-joke for his fellow Canucks.17. First, his antics kept her on the verge of cracking up and breaking character, which is why Vanessa so seldom makes eye contact with Austin. Director Jay Roach, in THR’s recent oral history about the film, said: “The nudity blocking was something the MPAA wanted to be sure we didn’t go too far with: the cheeky phallic references, like Elizabeth biting the sausage and holding the melons up. There have been several reports over the past 15 years that another installment is in development. But in 2016, Roach indicated that there’s no movie in the works, though he said, “Mike Myers and I talk about it every time we get together. Bigglesworth. Austin Powers was the name Myers came up with as the band’s lead singer, Sweet played bass as “Sid Belvedere,” and rhythm guitarist Hoffs was “Gillian Shagwell.”2. Ruzan urged him to write the routine down, and in three weeks, Myers had a screenplay.4. Two years later, “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” would earn about $1 million more during its opening weekend than “International Man of Mystery” earned throughout its entire theatrical run.19. (Insert “Cat Scratch Fever” joke here.)8. The American cut of the film runs a brisk 94 minutes, but international audiences got to enjoy several additional scenes. Yet another “SNL” comic, Colin Quinn, was offered the role of Scott Evil, but he turned it down.
— thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) May 1, 2017Stay tuned. — thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 29, 2017″You’re going to lose a lot more money in all of this than what our modest offer was,” the hacker tweeted. Not smart.)Variety speculates that Netflix might move up the premiere date due to the hack.”Thedarkoverlord released a series of grandiose tweets before announcing the hacking.We’ve elected ourselves to participate in the grand creation of history itself. Posted May 1, 2017 by Sharon KnolleA hacker who tried to hold Netflix hostage over the new season of “Orange is the New Black” has apparently made good on this threat and uploaded most of Season 5.On Saturday, the hacker, who calls himself “thedarkoverlord,” announced via Twitter that he had leaked new episodes of the hit Netflix series, which isn’t set to premiere until June 9.The hacker is also threatening to leak other pirated content from Netflix and other TV networks, including ABC, National Geographic, Fox, and IFC.Who is next on the list? A production vendor used by several major TV studios had its security compromised and the appropriate law enforcement authorities are involved.”USA Today reports that ABC, Fox, and IFC declined to comment on the threats on Sunday and National Geographic and FBI didn’t respondSo far, no threats to target USA, the home of TV’s most famous hacker, “Mr. Hello Netflix, we’ve arrived: https://t.co/Fmb1gsZf4a
— thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 28, 2017His most recent tweet came this morning:It’s nearly time to play another round. He also threatened,”There’s still time to save yourselves. Enjoying the show!” (Tweeting that you’re enjoying pirated content. — thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 28, 2017To those of you carefully watching this feed, allow the events that are but mere moments away to influence your choises. Our offer(s) are still on the table — for now.”Netflix released a statement saying, “We are aware of the situation. FOX, IFC, NAT GEO, and ABC. We’re not playing any games anymore. Robot.”Some fans have been tweeting that they had downloaded Season 5 of “OITNB,” calling the hacker “You Are Our Saviour. Oh, what fun we’re all going to have. — thedarkoverlord (@tdohack3r) April 28, 2017And so let it be read that the loathsome giants do too fall. Marvelous, isn’t it?
That’s why you should probably be using them on the regular. Posted May 1, 2017 by Alana Altmann”Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” came out 20 years ago if you can believe it, but that doesn’t make it any less hilarious.Mike Myers’ groovy shagadelic British spy still gets us every time, and the movie’s hysterical quotes haven’t lost their mojo at all over the last two decades. Here are eleven phrases you can say daily. Yeah, baby!
2″ post huge numbers. When his now 80-year-old wife kicks him out for a younger man, Maximo goes to live with his sister (Salma Hayek) and attempts to remaster his art of seduction. When the now-beloved first “Guardians” movie launched as a relatively unknown property in August of 2014, it made $94 million in its opening weekend. The $18 million movie was acquired by EuropaCorp for an estimated $8 million.The film hoped to draw audiences by tapping into modern-day anxieties surrounding technology and privacy. Five domestic IMAX locations set new three-day weekend records, and the film also set records in India, making it the biggest domestic IMAX opening for a foreign language film.Not every story from the weekend box office was quite so rosy. The sequel earned over $101 million at the foreign box office in its opened weekend — one ahead of the U.S. In 2013 “Instructions Not Included,” which he directed in addition to starring in, earned $7.8 million in its opening weekend from only 348 theaters.Despite screening in only 420 locations, the South Indian epic “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” landed in third for the weekend with a hefty sum of $10.5 million. After winning the domestic box office for three straight weeks, the Universal movie’s U.S. Slapped with a rare D+ CinemaScore and a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, “The Circle” landed $9.3 million from 3,163 theaters, falling short of its double-digit projections. Rajamouli returned to direct the movie starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati and Anushka Shetty.”Baahubali 2″ earned $1.8 million of its domestic total from 45 IMAX screens alone. His young employee, played by Watson, finds herself wrapped up in an experiment that tests ethical limits. Rob Lowe and Kristen Bell also star in comedic actor Ken Marino’s directorial debut. Not only that, “Fate’s” global total officially crossed the $1 billion mark, making it the 21st highest grossing movie of all time behind 2006’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” Its total global sum stands at $1.06 billion.But while “Fate’s” victory seemed inevitable, the rest of the weekend’s top five reaped intrigue. Pantelion’s “How to be a Latin Lover” slid into second over Tom Hanks and Emma Watson’s not-so-distant future tech-thriller “The Circle.” Led by Mexican star Eugenio Derbez, “Latin Lover” attracted $12 million from only 1,118 targeted locations. The film tells the story of a young street magician in Los Angeles (Jacob Latimore) who uses magic and his mind to save his kidnapped sister. Posted April 30, 2017 by ReutersBy Seth KelleyLOS ANGELES, April 30 (Variety.com) – It has become a familiar story — “The Fate of the Furious” is, once again, the box office champ.The massively popular eighth episode in the Fast and Furious franchise earned $19.4 million this weekend from 4,077 locations, placing it securely in first place during a sputtering weekend, anticipating the summer season. The label’s marketing and release strategy targeted a young, urban audience — 72% of audiences fell in the 18-34 demo and 45% were African-American.In its fifth weekend, Fox’s “Boss Baby” held onto the fifth position. total stands at $192.7 million. The movie, from Great India Films, is the sequel to “Baahubali: The Beginning” which made $3.6 million when it opened in 236 theaters in 2015. Seychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill, Storm Reid and Sasheer Zamata also star. Derbez has won over the domestic box office in the past. In the movie, Hanks plays the CEO of a Silicon Valley social media company. James Ponsoldt directed the movie and co-wrote the script with Dave Eggers, who wrote the novel on which the movie was based.Blumhouse’s BH Tilt label released “Sleight” in 565 theaters, and saw a weekend gross of $1.7 million. The opening weekend’s audience domestically was 89% Hispanic.In “Latin Lover” Derbez plays a man named Maximo who made a career seducing older women. The animated film earned an additional $9.1 million from 3,739 locations, raising its domestic total to just shy of $150 million.Next weekend marks the first summer frame, and should see “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. S.S.
And after his first take, they all gave him a standing ovation. They expected it would resonate. “It’s better than I imagined. I think this is really timely, if it can be reduced to somewhat metaphoric of where we are right now … Jones says that his role, Mr. “I’d be perfectly happy if it were not quite as timely. You treasure those moments as an author.””American Gods” premieres Sunday, April 30th on Starz. That’s the working title, but I’m sure I will come up with something better.’ And I never did.”For many of the actors in the series, the mythic nature of the material and the iconic gods that populate it provided an initial allure. And suddenly I had a book. “Trying to, like all people, figure out where the hell we are in our lives. They shift from region to region, but by and large, they kind of remain the same. The material, 16 years after its introduction, was taking on a red-hot immediacy, a realization that only gradually dawned on executive producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”).”I think our first indication of that was when we were watching dailies from a scene that featured Orlando Jones, and his introduction as the African trickster god, Mr. And also just in terms of how humankind seems to be moving. “It’s weird, because most books you don’t [remember when the idea first came to you],” says Gaiman. By the way, I’m calling it “American Gods” right now. That was the first time we thought, ‘Oh, this is more than just the fun show that we wanted to see.’ There are themes in the book that really speak to people deeply.””It was mind-blowing,” says actress Yetide Badaki, who plays a Bilquis, a contemporary incarnation of the Biblical Queen of Sheba who lives in the modern world as a carnivorously worship-seeking prostitute, of the increasing prescience of the subject matter.”I woke up thinking, Who had the crystal ball all this time?” laughs Bedaki. Posted April 29, 2017 by Scott HuverThe new Starz’s new series “American Gods,” adapted from the bestselling novel by fantasy author Neil Gaiman, would be epic, mythic, and frequently mind-blowing. It was just like, ‘This is a book.’ A couple of days later, as soon as I had some down time, I wrote an essay and sent it to my agent and to my editor, and said, ‘This is the idea, this is the story. “It added an extraordinary amount of authenticity to our work there. I looked at it and I thought, I wonder if they took their gods with them?”Then there was a beat, and then I thought, I wonder if they took their gods away when they went home. Nancy,” says Fuller. I looked down at a tabletop diorama of the voyages of Leif Erikson going from Iceland, to Greenland, to Newfoundland, which they call Vinland. The headlines that say things like, ‘Is “American Gods” the most political show of 2017?’ ‘Is “American Gods” the most important show of 2017?’ They are wonderful. “It’s relative in a Black Lives Matter sort of way — he was in a slave hold with 30-40 slaves played by black actors. “They slowly congeal, and then suddenly you look down and this is a book.”In this case, I was really tired, I was in Reykjavik, in Iceland,” the author recalls. I’m absolutely stunned at how something that was written in 2001 and was filmed last year has become so incredibly topical. Every episode now I’m seeing through a new lens. “In Episode 2, watching Gillian Anderson playing Media, the new god of all of you [journalists and bloggers], having taken on the form of ‘The Lucy Show,’ and talking on a big screen to Shadow Moon, was just absolutely unbelievable for me,” he says.”It’s not just as good as I imagined,” he adds. Going down the rabbit hole of the mythology is one thing, but going down the rabbit hole of humanity? That was just something you can’t quantify.”Ultimately for Gaiman, with all the increasing urgency and zeitgeist appeal that the show has accumulated, it was the simple pleasure of seeing characters he conceived and lines of dialogue he wrote come to life on the soundstage that resonated the most. Those things make this incredibly special.”Others, like Corbin Bernsen, who plays Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and, adapting contemporaneously, guns — a character created especially for the series — were attracted by what “American Gods” had to say about instantly relatable topics like generational change.”The idea of what’s going on, the old gods coming out and dealing with the new gods, that I very much am invested in on a daily basis,” says Bernsen. I think what’s interesting about this exploration is the themes and metaphors that you find are at play with a book written before there was an iPhone that finds itself so relevant technologically. Nancy, derived from the African deity Anansi, “has been a character my great grandparents and grandparents have been reading to me since before I knew what Neil Gaiman was. I’m somewhere around mid-Earth right now.””We shot our scenes primarily in a working penitentiary in Oklahoma, in the middle of that state,” says Jonathan Tucker, who plays Low-Key Lyesmith, an incarnation of Loki, the Norse god of mischief. “I had not slept for about two days, due to it being the eternal summer. I would trade them for a slightly stabler world right now, and feeling like I understood what was going on.”Gaiman admits that the very notion for the novel was unique in the way that it first struck him, lingering in a way that typically unformed creative sparks don’t. But the creators and cast of the eagerly anticipated adaptation had no idea, throughout the years-long development process to bring it to the screen, that by the time it was broadcast that it would be so relevant.Despite the fact that Gaiman’s book was published in 2001, somehow its central themes are at the center of recent American political discourse in 2017: issues of immigration; inequality; polarization; flasher, more dangerous, and more powerful new systems supplanting the old, weakening establishment; and the essential fabric of the American psyche. In that sense, I guess it’s always been a part of my life.””As it relates to mythology in general,” adds Jones, “the prototypes are the prototypes, the gods are the gods. It’s possible that as artists we were tapping into the psyche, and feeling something that was on the horizon, because I think viewers are going to be absolutely fascinated by how relevant all of this is at this time.””I would be very happy if it wasn’t this relevant,” admits Gaiman. “I guess Neil sees into the future. And also, it felt very right that a show about America, about the themes of Middle America, of what we brought to this country as immigrants, what we worshipped when we came here, what we’ve left behind, all the new things that have been brought to the shores of this country by the immigrants that make up this beautiful nation.””It felt very right that we were in Oklahoma,” Tucker adds, “that we were in this area that is not Hollywood, that’s not a backlot, it’s not a studio, we’re not in Toronto — this was real, man.