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Patty Jenkins Talks ‘Wonder Woman’ Sequel Plans and Deleted Scenes
Wonder Woman doesn’t hit theaters until the end of the week, but fans are already wondering (no pun intended) if the film will follow suit from the previous DC Extended Universe releases of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad by having alternate cuts available on home video. The good news is, the […]
- Ethan Anderton
Jimmy Kimmel Writer Bess Kalb Mocks ‘Snowflake’ Trump for Blocking Her on Twitter
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” and New Yorker writer Bess Kalb was one of the many who took shots at Donald Trump’s latest tweets. But she was shocked to discover the president of the United States blocked her Twitter account, apparently in response. “”Oh boy, honey. I’ve tried to lay off and let you be president like you said you would, but this is a new kind of simplistic rhetoric,” she said in the tweets that got her blocked. “I know you’re trying to pivot away from how embarrassing the big trip was for all of us to watch (Pushing! »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Dear White People’ Music Supervisor on Soundtrack as ‘Statement Piece’
“I keep a running list of songs that I hope to use,” says “Dear White People” music supervisor Morgan Rhodes. “I’m a little bit old-school because I write them down on Post-It notes and they’re all over my office. I’m just completely geeked about digging for music.”
Her obsessiveness paid off for the Netflix series, which is based on the 2014 film of the same name, and uses music to illuminate a broad spectrum of characters.
“The theme was to get each character their own playlist,” Rhodes (“Queen Sugar”) tells Variety. “Because the pervasive belief is that characters and their perspectives are nuanced and varied, just like their experiences. And so, in turn, their music should be.”
Creator Justin Simien, who wrote the 2014 feature, had already developed his own playlists for each character, Rhodes says, “and we just tried to flesh that out and make it more robust.”
- Tim Greiving
‘Twin Peaks’ revival recap: We debate the nightmarish mysteries of ‘The Return, Parts 3 & 4’ [Watch]
After all of the hype, mystery and excitement, the much anticipated “Twin Peaks” revival is under way on Showtime. Gold Derby is presenting exclusive weekly video recaps with our staff of writers and editors to discuss each episode in detail. This week I am once again joined by contributing writers Charles Bright and Zach Laws (watch the slugfest above) to […] »
- Rob Licuria
8 Times Hypocrite Donald Trump Used the Kind of Anonymous Sources He Now Condemns (Photos)
On Sunday, hypocrite Donald Trump derided the use of anonymous sourcing in news stories. He also said in February that news outlets “shouldn’t be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody’s name.” It’s strange he thinks that, because he’s used a lot of anonymous sources himself. Here are some examples. In one three day period in August 2012, Trump posted three separate tweets citing an anonymous source, as The Daily Beast’s Colin Jones noted. Trump said one of the sources “called my office.” In you didn’t trust the “many people” or the “reliable source” cited in the previous tweets, »
- Tim Molloy
18 Podcasts to Make Your Memorial Day Road Trip 300 Percent Less Boring, From ‘S-Town’ to ‘Good One’ (Photos)
Are you listening to “S-Town”? “Reply All”? “Good One”? Some people never listen to podcasts, because they sound complicated. But they aren’t, we promise. As we plot our return trips for Memorial Day, here are some solid podcast recommendations. This American Life One of the things that makes “This American Life” a great gateway to podcasts is that it isn’t a pure podcast, since it started 22 years ago as a public radio show: It has everything you like about radio (plus curse words that aren’t beeped), and you can pause and rewind whenever you want instead of »
- Phil Hornshaw and Tim Molloy
Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of May 29, 2017
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.
Each week, Variety‘s TV team combs through the week’s TV schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “House of Cards” returns for Season 5 and Showtime debuts “I’m Dying Up Here.”
“House of Cards,” Netflix, Tuesday
The Underwoods are back in Season 5 and they are under siege. Frank and Claire must continue to fight to secure their legacy with a contentious election ahead of them and damaging stories appearing in the press. As seen in the end of Season 4, they plan to divert attention from their various misdeeds by whipping the country into a frenzy of war and terror.
“World of Dance,” NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m.
This competition series will see solo artists competing against duos and crews in all genres of dance, including »
- Joe Otterson
Could a Perfect Storm Help Push Elisabeth Moss to Her First Emmy Win?
If you’re Elisabeth Moss, you’re probably flying high right about now.
The actress’s new series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is the talk of the town, scoring for Hulu a hit program that could finally break the glass awards ceiling for the streamer. She’s also fresh from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival, where not only did the second season of Jane Campion’s limited series “Top of the Lake” screen to critical acclaim, but Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” walked away with the coveted Palme d’Or. Moss features in both.
The 34-year-old actress already looked like a strong contender to score an Emmy nomination for her work in “Handmaid’s Tale,” but there certainly seems to be a perfect storm building around her that could help push her across the finish line.
The Emmy race for lead actress in a drama could ultimately be Netflix vs. Hulu »
- Kristopher Tapley
‘F Is For Family’ Star Bill Burr on Why His Own Family Hasn’t Watch the Show
Bill Burr would like you to watch Season 2 of his “F Is for Family” next week when it drops Tuesday on Netflix. And while you’re at it, catch up on Season 1 over this long holiday weekend. That goes for you too, Burr family. The stand-up comedian and star and co-creator of the animated family sitcom told TheWrap that his own parents haven’t seen the show yet, simply because they can’t figure out how to use Netflix. He doesn’t think anyone else in his family has seen more than “bits and pieces either.” Also Read: 'F Is for Family »
- Tony Maglio
Tiger Woods Arrested in Florida on DUI Charges
Tiger Woods was arrested and charged with driving under the influence early Monday morning, police said. The arrest occurred around 7 a.m. on Monday morning in Jupiter, Florida. He was released a few hours later under his own recognizance, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported. Breaking: Tiger Woods arrested in Jupiter on DUI charge. Story to come. pic.twitter.com/MOlzzCpDXJ – Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) May 29, 2017 Tiger Woods’ mug shot: https://t.co/ZJ2naT5fi1 pic.twitter.com/YY1W412P8d – Sun Sentinel (@SunSentinel) May 29, 2017 Woods, 41, last competed on the PGA Tour in February. In April, he »
- Jeremy Fuster
Box Office: ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ Leads Slowest Memorial Day Weekend in Almost Two Decades
This Memorial Day weekend signals a sluggish end to a dreary summer box office start. This four-day weekend’s total domestic earnings ($172.3 million) are the lowest recorded since 1999 ($142.5 million) when “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” opened in first place.
The lone bright spot of this summer so far is Disney and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” which is holding onto second place over the holiday weekend, earning an additional $25 million from 3,871 locations. Its total domestic cume stands at over $338 million, and worldwide it’s made over $788 million, passing the original “Guardians” movie ($773 million worldwide).
Disney also took the top slot this weekend with “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installation in the franchise starring Johnny Depp. The swashbuckling adventure picked up $77 million over the four-day weekend from 4,276 locations. However, most of the film’s sales are coming from overseas »
- Seth Kelley
Concert Review: ‘La La Land’ Live is a Meta, Magical Experience at the Hollywood Bowl
“‘La La Land’ in Concert: A Live to Film Celebration” kicked off its tour at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend.
It was a meta moment: a film about making it in showbiz opening at a legendary venue usually reserved for the most successful acts.
Of course, Best Picture Oscar gaffe withstanding, “La La Land” has had an incredibly successful year. Damien Chazelle’s valentine to Los Angeles and movie musicals has developed a cult following, as evidenced by the sea of yellow dresses — similar to the worn by Emma Stone in the film’s posters — at Friday’s and Saturday’s performances.
Indeed, Stone herself was in attendance the second night, as was Chazelle and other celebrities including Topher Grace.
City of Los Angeles Awards Its Love to ‘La La Land’
They joined more than 17,000 fans to see the film’s Oscar-winning composer, Justin Hurwitz, conduct a full »
- Lawrence Yee
'Pirates of the Caribbean': What's Really Missing from 'Dead Men Tell No Tales'
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl surprised a lot of people. Few were predicting that a high seas adventure, based on a theme park ride, with zombie pirates and a quirky side-kick named Jack Sparrow would actually work. But a 79 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, more than $650 million at the worldwide box-office, and an Oscar nomination for Johnny Depp proved otherwise.
Since then however, the magical formula that made that first film sail so successfully seems to have eluded the franchise. Rake in millions of dollars though they continue to do, critic and audience members alike seem »
- Chris Hartwell
'The Dragon's Defense' ('La Defensa del dragon'): Film Review | Cannes 2017
A downbeat ensemble drama about three luckless old friends adrift in lives of quiet desperation, The Dragon’s Defense delivers more subtle pleasures than it might initially promise. But Colombian writer-director Natalia Santa’s debut feature, which premiered in Cannes in the Director’s Fortnight, is still a little too understated for its own good. Commercial prospects will be slim, but indulgent festival audiences are more likely to embrace this wry, compassionate female perspective on some uncomfortably familiar midlife male traits, which demands patience and perseverance before it repays the viewer in deadpan charm.
Named after a chess move, Santa’s low-voltage mood piece »
- Stephen Dalton
29 Best World War II Movies This Memorial Day (Photos)
Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb. “Pearl Harbor” (2001). The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper. “The Thin Red Line” (1998). Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
15 Stars You Probably Didn’t Know Were Muslim (Photos)
May 26 marked the start of Ramadan, the holiest month on the Islamic calendar, where Muslims around the world are required to fast from sun up to sun down. During Ramadan, Muslims are not only to refrain from food or drink but from any sinful acts. Ready to meet some Muslim celebrities? Here are ten celebrities that are Muslim and may be partaking in Ramadan. Zayn Malik: The former One Direction star hasn’t been too vocal about his religion. He garnered a worldwide trending topic #respectforZayn when Bill Maher compared him to the Boston Marathon bomber. DJ Khaled: »
- Rasha Ali
“Pirates of the Caribbean” Sails Stormy Memorial Day Waters to $77 Million
After wavering in the $75-80 million range, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” looks like it will settle at an estimated $77 million haul for the four-day weekend. That amounts to a 15.5 percent drop from the three-day, $90 million opening for the last “Pirates” movie, “On Stranger Tides.” It also falls short of the $79.8 million four-day total for last year’s No. 1 film, “X-Men: Apocalypse.” It’s another sign that franchise fatigue is taking its toll on this series…but only in America. Also Read: 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' Review: Johnny Depp Serves. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Box Office: 'Pirates 5' Clears $77M in U.S.; 'Baywatch' Capsizes With $23M
Memorial Day weekend was no picnic this year for Hollywood at the domestic box office.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales may have won the holiday frame with a four-day haul of $77 million from 4,276 theaters, but it is the lowest start for any Pirates movie outside of the first film. It did make up ground overseas, where it found plenty of treasure with a $208.4 million launch.
While Dead Men Tell No Tales wasn't sunk by bad reviews, the same can't be said for Baywatch. In a surprise twist, Paramount's R-rated adaptation »
- Pamela McClintock
Diane Kruger May Have to Get Tattoo After Losing Cannes Bet to 'Into the Fade' Director
Diane Kruger might be taking more home from Cannes than just an award.
The German star, who won best actress at the French film festival on Sunday for her performance in Into the Fade, may also have to to make room for some ink.
According to Into the Fade director Fatih Akin, Kruger made a bet with him months ago that their film would never make it to competition in Cannes, much less win an award. If it did, Kruger agreed she'd get a traditional anchor tattoo, done in Akin's home town of Hamburg, Germany.
Speaking to »
- Scott Roxborough
‘Bloodline’ Star Ben Mendelsohn Tells Us Why He Offered to Have His Teeth Pulled for a Role
Hollywood is full of daring, dedicated actors. None of them have a thing on Ben Mendelsohn. The “Bloodline” star made his way into method-acting lore about five years ago, when the “Place Beyond the Pines” supporting actor reportedly offered to have his teeth pulled for his backwoods role in the film opposite Ryan Gosling. When TheWrap spoke with Mendelsohn about Season 3 of his Netflix series, we also snuck in a question about the legendary story. And, wow. Also Read: 'Bloodline's' Ben Mendelsohn on History of Danny's Cigarette Dangle, Which Rayburn Is the Worst TheWrap: Did you really offer »
- Tony Maglio
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