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The movie theater used to be a place to escape to when you just needed a darkened, air-conditioned room to plop down in for a couple of hours. It’s now facing some tough competition from your darkened, air-conditioned living room. For those who can’t be moved to sweat their way to a theater, there’s a full slate of Netflix original movies hitting the small screen this season.
Cargo (May 18)
In this emotional zombie survival movie based on a critically acclaimed short film, Martin Freeman plays the infected father of an infant daughter who forges unexpected connections while trying to protect her in the wilderness.
Ibiza (May 25)
Three girlfriends — played by Love’s Gillian Jacobs, 2 Dope Queens‘ Phoebe Robinson and Saturday Night Live alum Vanessa Bayer — travel to the Spanish island known for electronic- dance-music-fueled parties and soon find themselves on the hunt for an elusive DJ.
Set It Up (June 15)
Two frazzled, overworked assistants (Zoe Deutch and Glen Powell) try to set up their demanding bosses, played by Taye Diggs and Lucy Liu, in an effort to get them off their backs.
Graduates (June 29)
David Spade and Nat Faxon (Friends From College) star in this comedy about two recent college grads whose argument about which dude’s dad would win in a fight leads to the upending of a number of lives.
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter (July 6)
Josh Brolin flexes his comedic muscles, alongside Vice Principals‘ Danny McBride, as a hunter setting out to bond with his son over a pastime that’s far from a shared interest.
Alex Strangelove (July 20)
In a new comedy from the writer-director of The Skeleton Twins, a teenager is preparing to lose his virginity to his girlfriend when his sexual identity becomes confused by the introduction of a handsome stranger.
Like Father (Aug. 3)
Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer team up as an estranged father-daughter duo on a Caribbean cruise originally intended to be her honeymoon.
Extinction (Aug. 10)
Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan star in a sci-fi thriller about a father trying to save his family when the planet is invaded by a band of not-so-friendly outsiders.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (Aug. 10)
Based on the 2008 novel of the same name, this historical drama sees Lily James as a writer who travels to a small British island and embeds with a quirky local club after World War II.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Aug. 17)
In this adaptation of Jenny Han’s young-adult novel, a teenager (X-Men: Apocalypse‘s Lana Condor) is mortified to find that all of the secret love letters she’s written have been mysteriously delivered.
Source: Entertainment – TIME | 25 May 2018 | 4:56 pm
Which is fine. Just please let one of those movies be a Lando Calrissian spinoff.
Donald Glover, who plays a younger version of the beloved character, steals Solo. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has watched his brilliant TV series, Atlanta; streamed the just-released “This Is America” music video or laughed at his SNL monologue. But Glover was born to play Calrissian. He has mastered the Billy Dee Williams voice, and the man can wear the hell out of a cape.
In the context of the prequel, he’s asked to model the cockiness that Han Solo will later mimic. But he does so without the gruff behavior Solo later uses to put off potential friends or mentees. Lando is open and slick. TIME’s film critic, Stephanie Zacharek, put it best when she wrote, “Glover has an unruly, charismatic elegance.” He’s flirting with everyone in the movie—the humans, the droids, even the audience—and its utterly delightful.
There’s a reason for that: Solo co-screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan recently said that he believed Lando was pansexual. “There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s (portrayal of Lando’s) sexuality,” he said. “I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity—sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of.”
Glover agreed. How can you not be pansexual in space?” he told SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio program. “There are so many things to have sex with.”
Does this half-hearted attempt by Disney to nod at the possibility of an LGBTQ character count as representation? Absolutely not. As with LeFou in Beauty and the Beast last year or Dumbledore in Harry Potter years before that, writers claiming ex post facto that a character has a certain sexual preference isn’t enough. Show, don’t tell.
But, future Star Wars scribes, you have the chance to write that LGBTQ character you did want to include. Give Lando his own film. You may just have to fight with Ryan Coogler and the Black Panther team over who gets to film with Glover first.
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Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story.
After nearly two-and-a-half hours of uncertainty, viewers finally found out which side Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) is really on in Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s revealed that although she seems to have feelings for Han (Alden Ehrenreich), her ultimate goal is to move up in the ranks of criminal organization Crimson Dawn.
After Qi’ra betrays and kills the villainous Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) and sends Han after Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and the coaxium, she reports Vos’ death to the true leader of Crimson Dawn, Darth Maul (Ray Park)—yes, that’s the very same double-bladed lightsaber wielding Darth Maul from George Lucas’ first prequel movie, The Phantom Menace.
We know what you’re thinking: Considering Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) chopped Darth Maul in half in The Phantom Menace, how does this fit into the Star Wars timeline? Phantom Menace takes place 32 years before A New Hope in 32 BBY (before the Battle of Yavin) while Solo is set only around 10 years prior to A New Hope. So how is Darth Maul alive during Solo?
The answer lies with what the Star Wars universe considers to be canon, or more specifically, what events from the books and series that were released between the film trilogies are treated as part of the official story. In April 2014, Lucasfilm announced that any previously released Star Wars Expanded Universe content—including all books, comic books, video games, and television series derivative of the franchise—was considered non-canon.
“While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU,” the statement read. “He set the films he created as the canon. This includes the six Star Wars episodes, and the many hours of content he developed and produced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. These stories are the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align.”
It’s in Clone Wars that Darth Maul is revealed to have survived his run-in with Obi-Wan’s lightsaber and made it to the junkyard planet of Lotho Minor simply by channeling his sheer will to live into the Dark Side of the Force, meaning that his return is in fact canon.
Maul eventually gets off Lotho Minor with the help of his brother, Savage Opress, and is given a pair of cybernetic legs before going on to form an alliance of criminal syndicates called the Shadow Collective.
Judging by the events of Solo, Crimson Dawn is apparently one of the syndicates under the Shadow Collective umbrella—a revelation that seems to indicate that Maul will have a major part to play in any future Solo spinoffs.
But Darth Maul isn’t the only existing Star Wars villain to make his mark in Solo. There were also several allusions to Han’s future involvement with a “bigshot gangster” on Tatooine—a description that seems as though it could only be a reference to Jabba the Hutt.
Han is still smuggling spice for Jabba When the events of A New Hope begin, meaning once he gets involved with the Hutt boss, he’s going to be in it for the long haul.
Luckily, we don’t have to spend time wondering how that storyline turns out.
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Nearly eight months after Ashley Judd, Rose McGowan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lupita Nyong’o and dozens of other women publicly accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and sexual assault, New York City police arrested the Hollywood producer on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him.
Weinstein, 66, turned himself in Friday morning at New York’s First Precinct, just blocks from his old office in TriBeCa where he allegedly committed at least one of his crimes. He was charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case and first-degree criminal sex act in the second case. Weinstein emerged from the precinct in handcuffs—led pointedly by a female detective.
For Weinstein, a prolific producer who has racked up more than 81 Oscar wins, it was an epic fall. His revelation as a serial predator, after years of rumors in Hollywood and beyond, kickstarted the #MeToo movement and ushered in the current era of reckoning around sexual abuse and assault in Hollywood and beyond. But now he is the first major celebrity exposed by the #MeToo movement to be arrested for a crime, something his many accusers never thought they would see.
The news elicited an emotional outpouring on social media. “I, and so many of Harvey Weinstein’s survivors, had given up hope that our rapist would be held accountable by law,” Rose McGowan wrote in an Instagram post, “Today we are one step closer to justice.” For many, that one step feels like a major shift.
Asia Argento, who recently delivered a moving speech at Cannes about being raped by Weinstein at the festival, tweeted, simply, “Boom.”
Weinstein’s arrest arrives at a moment when many of those named in the #MeToo movement have retreated into the shadows. Though Bill Cosby, who has been accused of rape by dozens of women, was finally convicted in April, he likely won’t go to prison anytime soon. His lawyers plan to appeal his case.
For decades, Weinstein allegedly used a private team of investigators and lawyers to avoid the criminal justice system. But on Friday, he entered the courtroom just like any other man accused of a crime. What comes next could take time: As we’ve seen with the Cosby case, trials and appeals can drag on for years.
Outside the courtroom, Weinstein’s lawyer, Ben Brafman, maintained that any sexual activity Weinstein engaged in was consensual and said he believed his client will be exonerated. “Mr. Weinstein did not invent the casting couch in Hollywood,” he said.
Authorities have not publicly identified the victim in Weinstein’s rape case, but marketing consultant and former aspiring actor Lucia Evans confirmed to The New Yorker that she is the other victim. In October, she told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced her to perform oral sex in his New York office during what she believed would be a casting meeting. “I said, over and over, ‘I don’t want to do this, stop, don’t,” she said.
Weinstein is still under investigation in Los Angeles and London. Federal investigators are also looking into possible violation of stalking laws and financial crimes. An investigative grand jury will examine both Weinstein’s alleged sex crimes and whether the producer committed any financial crimes as he paid women to stay silent and possibly paid his employees to identify victims for him and cover his tracks after the crime.
New York police say that they hope victims will continue to come forward as the state’s statute of limitations bars them from pursuing many of the cases already made public. However, the accusations made by Evans and the unnamed woman involved forcible compulsion and therefore were not subject to a statute of limitations under a New York law changed in 2001. Police have also said that prosecutors could call those accusers whose cases fall outside of the statute of limitations in court to establish a pattern of bad behavior, just as the prosecutors did in Bill Cosby’s recent trial for sexual assault.
Until recently, Weinstein boasted that he could ruin any actor or assistant’s career with just one phone call. Judd, one of the original accusers, is currently suing Weinstein for career damage, accusing the producer of blocking her casting in the Lord of the Rings franchise after she rejected his advances. He had ties outside Hollywood, too, as a major Democratic political donor.
According to actors, former assistants and co-workers, Weinstein allegedly abused his power to assault women in the industry for decades. They say he would wield a potent combination of non-disclosure agreements, hush money and threats to a person’s future career to keep his victims silent, but his behavior was an open secret in Hollywood. Weinstein avoided arrest for a groping charge just three years ago.
But Weinstein’s defenses finally fell when over 70 women came forward with similar stories of Weinstein rescheduling meetings or casting calls to take place in his hotel room. Many said his assistants suddenly disappear, at which point Weinstein would allegedly insist upon a massage “as part of an audition” or, they claim, encourage the actor to shower with him. Again and again, women would share stories of Weinstein in a robe, exposed, allegedly threatening their careers as they tried to edge out of the hotel room.
When the New York Times first published the allegations against Weinstein, he issued an apology, and said he would take a leave of absence to work with his therapist. But the same day, he lashed out: His lawyer told The Hollywood Reporter that the producer planned to sue the Times. Three days later, Weinstein was sacked from the board of his company as more women came forward with stories of harassment and assault. While his company filed for bankruptcy, Weinstein retreated to a luxe rehab center in Arizona called the Meadows which charges $58,000 for 45 days of treatment and offers “expressive arts” and equine therapy.
Weinstein had at least one previous brush with the law. Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. recently faced criticism for deciding not to prosecute Weinstein for the groping accusations made by Italian model Ambra Battilana in 2015. He has maintained that the office did not have enough to prosecute.
Former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also filed a civil rights lawsuit against Weinstein and his former company in February. In the suit, he wrote that the producer employed a “group of female employees whose primary job it was to accompany [Weinstein] to events and to facilitate [his] sexual conquests.” This spring, Schneiderman began investigating whether Vance Jr. mishandled earlier accusations of assault against the producer. That was before Schneiderman himself was accused of sexual assault by four women. Schneiderman has said he “strongly contests” the allegations. He has since resigned his post.
Meanwhile, a spate of stories suggest that other famous men accused of harassment or worse are considering “comebacks”: Comedians have speculated how Louis C.K. could make a comeback through low-key appearances at comedy clubs. Chef Mario Batali is exploring his second act even as he is being investigated for sexual assault, and the last remaining piece of his restaurant empire cut ties from him; Charlie Rose was mulling a show in which he interviews other men taken down by #MeToo. Weinstein’s walk to New York’s first precinct, however, may serve as a reminder that legal consequences could follow social ostracization. He may just be the first of many men to turn themselves into the police.
If Harvey is convicted, he could go to prison. He almost certainly will be court mandated to go to sex offender therapy—not the kind where patients meditate next to a pool, but the kind where offenders are required to meet with therapists and other men convicted of sex crimes at least once a week. There, they will all have to sit in a circle, no matter how much money they have or where they came from, and talk about why they did what they did.
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President Donald Trump pulled out of a much-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week, likely to the surprise of the White House Communications Agency, which had already made keepsake coins commemorating a meeting that may no longer take place at all.
When the news of Trump’s withdrawal broke, Twitter users quickly poked fun at the premature coins, and later so did the late night comedy circuit. On Thursday night’s episode of The Late Show, Stephen Colbert conceded that while the summit is unlikely to happen, it may have to take place eventually because, as Colbert put it, “they already made the commemorative coin marking the occasion of the summit.” The coins are special, Colbert said, as the artists “were truly committed to jowl accuracy” and the back of the coin features “Air Force One escaping the Mueller probe.”
If you did purchase a coin, keep them safe. Trump now says the summit with North Korea could happen. Although as Colbert points out, Trump said, “someday a date will happen,” a comment so vague that Colbert would “call to complain if that was written inside a fortune cookie.”
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Carpool Karaoke briefly turned into Cops on Thursday night’s episode of The Late Late Show.
In the latest installment of the popular segment, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine joined host James Corden to drive around in a car, singing some of his band’s greatest hits like “Moves Like Jagger” and “This Love.” The bit was proceeding as normal, with Corden pulling over to watch Levine balance random objects on his face and heading to a race track for a high-speed trivia session. While fans of Carpool Karaoke know that surprise guests are a standard feature, no one — not even Corden — was expecting the police to show up.
While Corden and Levine were chatting and singing, a police officer pulled up alongside them, saying, “I need you to pull you over so you can sing for me.”
“You want to pull over so he can sing a song for you?” Corden asked, incredulously, seeming thinking it might be a stunt.
“Yes, because you caused a traffic hazard,” the officer said, seemingly referring to the fact that people on the road will stop and stare when Corden and Adam Levine and a few cameras are driving around singing Maroon 5 songs. The officer told Corden to “just be careful” on the road next time and left.
While both Levine and Corden managed to keep smiles on their faces during the encounter, the second the officer pulled away, Corden lost his cool. “I don’t know what quite happened there, I completely panicked,” he told Levine. “I panicked in my absolute core.”
For those who think the traffic stop was faked, Corden tweeted Friday morning that it was “completely real.”
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Harvey Weinstein surrendered at a New York City police station shortly before 7.30 a.m. Friday, where he was arrested and charged with rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two separate women.
The disgraced movie mogul, 66, was filmed and photographed arriving at the police station flanked by uniformed police officers and with a limp. He was also carrying three books, two of which TIME has identified.
One of the books was Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution by Todd S. Purdum, which was released in April.
The other appeared to be Richard Schickel’s biography of the controversial director and producer Elia Kazan, known for pioneering stage productions of A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman, as well as the movies On the Waterfront and East of Eden. Kazan, whose films earned a total of 21 Academy Awards, testified in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, where he named eight colleagues who, like himself, had been communists in the 1930s. Kazan is among the most well-known examples of a top Hollywood figure whose behavior toward others in the industry turned him into a persona non grata.
The third book appeared to be leather-bound, and was possibly a journal or notebook.
In a statement, the New York Police Department thanked the “brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” and said Weinstein’s arrest was the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
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Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein was arrested in New York City Friday on charges of rape, criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct related to his interactions with two women, the New York Police Department says.
“The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The arrest and ensuing charges are the result of a joint investigation between the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.”
Weinstein, 66, arrived at a New York police station to turn himself in shortly before 7.30 a.m. ET, flanked by uniformed police officers. He was wearing a suit, appeared to be limping and was clutching several books.
Weinstein was arraigned on the charges Friday. His bond was set at $10 million and he was outfitted with a GPS monitor that will allow him to travel only within New York and Connecticut.
Weinstein’s attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the courthouse that Weinstein plans to plead not guilty to all the charges. Weinstein has said repeatedly through his lawyers that he did not have nonconsensual sex with anyone.
The New York Times and The New Yorker reported sexual harassment allegations against Weinstein beginning in September of last year. According to the Associated Press, more than 75 women have accused Weinstein of wrongdoing, including actress and activist Rose McGowan, who said Weinstein raped her in 1997, and Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, who said he raped her in her New York apartment in 1992.
The initial reporting on Weinstein triggered a wave of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women, including Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, and led to him being fired from The Weinstein Company’s board and sued by New York’s attorney general.
Following scores of sexual harassment complaints alleged against the producer, Weinstein has been undergoing sex-rehab treatment in Arizona and, according to Vanity Fair, additional therapy for “anger management, nutrition, and several addiction-related behaviors.”
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West is producing Daytona, Pusha T’s upcoming album, and on Thursday he tweeted the cover art, revealing that it is a bleak photograph of the late singer Whitney Houston’s bathroom covered in drug paraphernalia. The photo was taken secretly by one of Houston’s family members in 2006 and ran in the National Enquirer the same year, as Houston struggled with drug addiction.
In an interview with EW on Thursday, Pusha T told reporter Brian Josephs that the image “definitely does match the energy of my album.”
The rapper added, “I feel like the cover represents an organized chaos. The energy of the album is a bit chaotic, but it’s all in place. Looking at that cover, I’m sure whoever frequents that bathroom or area knew whatever they wanted to find and knew where it was.”
A day earlier, Pusha T appeared on The Angie Martinez Show to promote the new album and said the cover art was a last-minute change by West.
“He changed my artwork last night at 1 a.m. He wasn’t feeling it,” Pusha T told radio host Angie Martinez. “[Originally], the artwork — it was pictures that we all agreed on.” He also said West told him the photo had cost him $85,000.
“I love it, I actually do love it,” Pusha T said. “[But] I absolutely did not want to pay for it.”
Though West purportedly paid $85,000 to license the photo, it’s unclear whether he paid the National Enquirer or Houston’s sister-in-law Tina Brown, sister to Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
Daytona is the first project out of Wyoming. I’m really proud of what we put together. We’ve spent a year and a half digging for samples and writing. I really appreciate the overwhelmingly positive response that we’ve been receiving. 🙏🙏🙏
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) May 24, 2018
Daytona is scheduled to drop Friday and will mark the first album release out of West’s Wyoming studio, where he’s also working on his own album. “Daytona is the first project out of Wyoming,” West tweeted Thursday. “I’m really proud of what we put together. We’ve spent a year and a half digging for samples and writing. I really appreciate the overwhelmingly positive response that we’ve been receiving.”
Source: Entertainment – TIME | 25 May 2018 | 1:20 am
“He’s no good to me dead.”
Fortunately, it seems the Boba Fett movie has been resurrected, sources confirm to EW.
That line, The Empire Strikes Back fans know, is what Boba Fett said to Darth Vader about the soon-to-be-carbon-frozen Han Solo, and it apparently echoes Lucasfilm’s feelings about the stoic Mandalorian who seemingly met his end in the belly of the Sarlaac in Return of the Jedi.
Logan filmmaker James Mangold, who has lots of experience with those who live outside the law with Copland and 3:10 to Yuma, will reportedly step in to direct, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This comes nearly three years after the project was backburnered when Lucasfilm parted ways with then-director Josh Trank (Chronicle, Fantastic 4).
Ironically, the news comes on the eve of the debut of Solo: A Star Wars Story. EW first broke the news that Lucasfilm was developing a young Han movie and a Boba Fett bounty hunters story back in in 2013.
Reps from Lucasfilm and Disney did not immediately return calls for comment. Some sources close to the project stress that the Boba Fett movie is in development, and not yet greenlit or dated. As they have before, things could always change.
The movie was so close to launching into production that teaser footage was created for Trank to show at Star Wars Celebration in April 2014. But after Trank clashed with 20th Century Fox on Fantastic 4, he and Lucasfilm parted ways and the project stalled.
The Boba Fett movie would have been released this week, in the spot now occupied by Solo.
Another standalone movie rumored to be in the works includes an Obi-Wan Kenobi film, which Stephen Daldry was considering directing. But so far, Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed anything beyond J.J. Abrams’ Episode IX, which will come out in December 2019.
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