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04
20
2018
FEATURES
16
The Handmaid’s
Tale
After an awardwinning first season,
the show returns
to expand Margaret
Atwood’s
dark universe.
BY SARA
VILKOMERSON
24
Joshua Jackson
The actor steps into
his most demanding
role ever, starring
in the Broadway
revival of Children
of a Lesser God.
BY JESSICA
DERSCHOWITZ
28
Tomi Adeyemi
Meet the 24-year-old
author of the Black
Lives Matter-inspired
fantasy Children of
Blood and Bone.
BY DAVID CANFIELD
NEWS AND
COLUMNS
2
Sound Bites
32
4
2001: A Space
Odyssey
The Must List
TV and film creators
reveal the movie’s
influence on their
work to celebrate its
50th anniversary.
BY PIYA SINHA-ROY
AND MAUREEN LEE
LENKER
12
News
We say goodbye
to Scandal as
the drama’s series
finale nears.
60
The Bullseye
REVIEWS
36
Movies
42
TV
ON THE COVER
Alexis Bledel, Samira
Wiley, and Elisabeth
Moss photographed
exclusively for EW
by Mark Williams &
Sara Hirakawa
on Jan. 10, 2018,
in Los Angeles
P H OTO G R A P H BY M A R K W I L L I A M S & SA R A H I R A K AWA
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Music
56
Books
Alexis Bledel as Emily in
The Handmaid’s Tale
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THE WEEK’S
BEST
“You can’t wear
a coat over a tank.
You’re not
Ryan Gosling.”
—Jake (Andy Samberg),
feeling threatened by
Amy’s (Melissa Fumero) hot
celeb crush, played by
Fumero’s real-life husband
David Fumero, on Brooklyn
Nine-Nine
“I do not kill—
not anymore.”
—Olivia (Kerry Washington),
refusing to go along
with Mellie’s (Bellamy Young)
orders to kill Cyrus
(Jeff Perry), on Scandal
TWEET
OF THE
WEEK
Brain…not
processing.
Uh oh—don’t
black out
John, don’t
black out—
…too late.
@john
krasinski
after Stephen
King praised
A Quiet Place
on Twitter
—Chadwick Boseman, poking fun at hosting
two months after Black Panther came
out and one month after Sterling K. Brown
hosted, on Saturday Night Live
“I feel like I’m at
the Oscars, except
I don’t recognize
any of your faces. So this
is awesome—I knew
there was other rich
people besides
the ones I see on TV.”
—Tifany Haddish,
during her stand-up,
in Netflix’s Seth Rogen’s
Hilarity for Charity
“Yeah, you might
want to hold on
to that.”
—Sara (Caity Lotz), making a
suggestion to young Barack Obama
(Lovell Adams-Gray) when he
mentions his birth certificate, on DC’s
Legends of Tomorrow
2 E W.C O M
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“Sterling K. Brown got to do
a Black Panther sketch before me,
and he dies in the irst scene
of the movie.”
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THE TOP 10 THINGS WE LOVE THIS WEEK E d i t e d B y | M A R C S N E T I K E R @ M A R C S N E T I K E R
J.J. TOTAH &
ANDY FAVREAU
Playing nephew and
uncle, Champions’
two freshest stars
discuss their knockout performances.
The emotional core
of Champions is this
unconventional family
dynamic. Did you draw
on your own family?
My family
has a lot of strong
personalities, and
I can take that
into my character,
Michael, and [his
father] because
they’re completely
opposite people.
My sister, brother,
and I are 180
degrees diferent.
Having a conversation with them, you
have to tread lightly.
J.J. TOTAH
ANDY FAVREAU
From the minds behind The Mindy Project, NBC’s quick-witted
new sitcom—about a dramatic teen who moves in with his
athlete dad and uncle—is sharp, sweet, and deserving of both
your attention and your DVR. (NBC, Thursdays, 9:30 p.m.)
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My character has
the energy and innocence of a small
child, so if I’m drawing on my own life
with my own brother,
I’m going back
20 years.
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Longer hair, both eyes, and Natalie Portman!
CONTINUED
Andy, would you consider switching places
with your brother,
Pod Save America
host Jon Favreau?
I leave the
politics to my brother,
but maybe Jon will
want to cross over
into the acting world.
[Pod Save America]
does all these live
shows now, so he’s
used to an audience.
FAVREAU
J.J., do you think this
show could facilitate
a greater conversation
about gay teens?
TOTAH Michael’s family is accepting. We
handle Michael being
gay in, like, 45 seconds in the pilot, so
if anything, we just
want people to get
used to this social
norm that exists outside of television.
Hopefully people
include more characters that represent
the real world.
Champions takes
place in a gym—but do
you like to work out?
I personally
consider it part of the
job. I work out to stay
in shape for the roles
that I want to play,
and that’s hard work.
It sucks. But it’s also
a huge stress relief.
TOTAH I like to be gym
adjacent. I am an avid
SoulCycler, so I feel
like I get some credit
for that. I don’t like
the idea of people
looking at each other
while they sweat.
FAVREAU
Who are your dream
guest stars?
I want to get
some sports players
on. Since we work
at a gym, maybe we
can get Tom Brady
on the show?
TOTAH Kerry
Washington!
BORG VS MCENROE
The 1980 Wimbledon
men’s final was a
war in contrasts: Björn
Borg (Sverrir Gudnason), the stoic Swedish
sex symbol, all icy
precision, versus John
McEnroe, the brash
Bettany and Dunst in
Wimbledon
American superbrat
with a volcanic temper
and soft touch. In
Janus Metz’s gripping
drama, the pair’s fiveset heavyweight fight
on grass comes to
thrilling life thanks to a
perfectly cast Shia
LaBeouf as McEnroe,
tennis’ original rock &
roll bad boy.
FAVREAU
Stone and
Carell in
Battle of the
Sexes
THE GENRE REVIEW
TENNIS MOVIES
BY C H R I S NA S H AWAT Y
Boxing has Rocky and Raging
Bull. Baseball has Bull Durham
and Field of Dreams. Golf
has Tin Cup and Caddyshack.
Basketball has Hoosiers, hockey
REVAMP &
RESTORATION
by Elton John,
Bernie Taupin,
(and friends)
has Slap Shot, even cycling
has Breaking Away. So why in
the name of Richie Tenenbaum
haven’t there been any truly
great movies about tennis?
Last year’s Battle of the Sexes
(starring Emma Stone and
Steve Carell) was fine, but it felt
more like a soft-lob, sounds-ofthe-’70s, made-for-TV movie
than an insightful snapshot of
the sport and the personalities
who are drawn to it. And don’t
even get me started on 2004’s
dopey Paul Bettany-Kirsten
Dunst rom-com, Wimbledon.
Tennis is a cinematic game
with no shortage of crazy drama
and wild characters—so why
does Hollywood insist on
serving up so many disposable
double faults?
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31 music
A-listers (like
Pink and Dolly
Parton) cover
26 classic Elton
John songs (like
“Tiny Dancer”
and “Rocket
Man”) on two
must-have
albums that
evoke surprising new layers
from the signature tunes
of one timeless
pop icon.
OUR
LITTLE
SECRET
by Roz Nay
Nay’s engrossing read is told from multiple
perspectives, and from its chillingly mysterious opening to the subtle brilliance with
which a revenge saga unfolds, its steamy
love triangle will hook you and never let you
go. It’s a debut thriller that’s just delicious.
THE THRILLS ARE ALIVE
Keep your heart pounding with these
three other dangerous new debuts.
THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
A . J. Fi n n
In this best-seller, a reclusive
former therapist believes she’s
witnessed something terrible,
kicking of a suspense tale
of Hitchcockian proportions.
SOMETIMES I LIE
A l i c e Fe e n e y
This tricky play on memory
and perception has too many
twists to count, but keep up
and you’ll find each one more
rewarding than the last.
THE WOLVES OF WINTER
Ty re l l Jo h n s o n
In the aftermath of nuclear
war in the cold and unforgiving Canadian Yukon, one
woman forges ahead while
being haunted by her past.
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4. D E V I L E D E G G S H A R R I S
INVASION
OF PRIVACY
by Cardi B
One of 2018’s biggest debuts has
arrived bearing
romance, redemption, diamonds, sex,
plus guest spots
from SZA, Chance
the Rapper, and
(obviously) Migos.
Ten months after
“Bodak Yellow,” this
no-holds-barred
record proves Cardi
B is here for good.
A BIG YEAR FOR CARDI B
You’ve heard her name all year long, but Invasion of Privacy’s release is precisely
the time to remember how this rapper skyrocketed to stardom.
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Breaks out on
VH1’s Love &
Hip Hop: New
York, drums up
an Instagram
following for
her fierce
honesty, and
drops her first
mix tape
Releases
the quintupleplatinum
“Bodak Yellow”
and becomes
the first solo
female rapper
to top the Billboard Hot 100
since Lauryn
Hill in 1998
Gets engaged
to Migos rapper
Ofset, who surprises her with
an onstage proposal at a radio
concert in Philly
Goes viral after
an awkward
yet amazing
interview with
Jimmy Fallon
(during which
she also reveals
the hilarious
story behind
her name)
Crosses over
to the world
of pop by
jamming with
Bruno Mars on
a remix of his
‘90s-flavored
hit “Finesse”
Transforms into
an instant
meme thanks
to a red carpet
interview at the
Grammy
Awards, which
gifts the internet with wild
quotes like
“Butterflies in
my stomach
and vagina”
Makes headlines after nabbing a plum
seat next to
Anna Wintour
at New York
Fashion Week
Confirms her
rumored pregnancy on Saturday Night Live
a day after the
long-awaited
release of her
debut—yes,
finally!—album
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PRE-2017
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there’s a name in an envelope.
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From the Makers of Paper and Packaging
BEIRUT
THE
EXPANSE
Jon Hamm is back to his Don
Draper roots in Brad Anderson’s
tense ‘80s-set thriller, playing an
alcoholic ex-diplomat sent to wartorn Beirut to negotiate a hostage
situation with the help of Rosamund Pike’s resourceful CIA agent.
ROSAMUND PIKE
Fans call it “Game
of Thrones in space,”
and it’s cosmically
true as a stellar season 3 confirms
that this bold, galactic saga of warring
humans from Earth,
Mars, and the asteroid belt is, quite
simply, the best sci-fi
show on television.
(Syfy, Wednesdays,
9 p.m.)
What drew you to Beirut?
A neat, skilled ensemble
that’s going to amount
to the kind of movies that
I used to love and that
you don’t see much of
anymore. A proper adult,
complex thriller that has
political relevance, but
ultimately, it’s a fiction, it’s
intriguing, it’s grown-up.
A man like Jon Hamm
turns up in a woman like
Sandy’s life and in
a conventional film, you
think, “This is going down
the romantic route.” But
in fact, she sees him as a
colossal pain-in-the-arse
and he’s a problem for
her. He’s a liability and by
no means manageable.
IMMIGRATION
BREAST CANCER
LOVE IN GRIEF
Abuela’s (Ivonne Coll) citizenship has been frequently addressed during
the show’s run, but everything will definitively
change for her in season
4’s final hour. “As always, we
like to celebrate big life
moments,” showrunner
Jennie Snyder Urman tells
EW. “In the finale, Alba
will become a citizen.”
One of season 4’s most
remarkable feats meant
giving Xo’s (Andrea
Navedo) breast cancer
diagnosis the emotional
weight and screen time it
deserved, without sacrificing Jane’s humor. The perfect example: Xiomara
threw a party for her
breast before undergoing
a single mastectomy.
After losing her husband
last season, Jane (Gina
Rodriguez) has struggled
with how to care for Rafael
(Justin Baldoni) without
disrespecting anyone’s
memory. “What we’re trying to show is that she’s
had a few loves in her life,”
Urman says. “A big theme
of our show is how to
move past heartbreak.”
Your character is hired to
help Jon Hamm’s Mason,
but she has to chase after
him as he goes rogue?
THIS SHOW
HAS
EVERYTHING
REALISTIC
SPACE BATTLES
A SUPER
DIVERSE CAST
BOTANY (!)
UNEXPECTED
CURSING
POLITICAL
BACKSTABBING
A SIX-FOOT
MARTIAN
WOMAN IN A
MECHANIZED
ASTRO SUIT
GOING BEASTMODE ON A
SPACESHIP
ELIZABETH
MITCHELL?
JANE
THE
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As season 4 concludes,
the telenovela (The CW,
Fridays, 9 p.m.) maintains its signature
comedic flair and soapy
twists as it finds meaningful ways to tackle
serious themes like...
MURDER ONE
Late TV visionary Steven Bochco will be long
celebrated for shows like Hill Street Blues and
NYPD Blue, but don’t overlook this 1995–97
two-season gem. With its unique structure
and deep acting bench, the legal drama set
the template for current anthologies like
Fargo and American Horror Story. (Hulu)
What were you surprised to
learn about 1980s Beirut?
The shades of color [in]
the way that Lebanon...
has been unsettled by
people waging their disputes within its borders.
REMEMBERING STEVEN BOCHCO
Stanley Tucci, nominated for an Emmy in 1996 for playing a shifty Murder One
suspect, offers a touching tribute to his former boss Bochco.
“Steven was such a lovely guy, and he
really loved what he did so much, and he
really loved actors. He was so supportive
of me and influenced me in ways I don’t
think he ever knew. He changed my
career by casting me on Murder One.
He also turned me on to one of the best
HOW TO WRITE AN
AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL
NOVEL
by Alexander Chee
The Queen of the Night
author reveals his depth
in this erudite essay
collection that traces
major events like the
AIDS crisis alongside
his development as
a queer writer of color.
white wines in the world, Jermann
vineyard, which is still one of my
favorite wines. I always get it, and I think
of him every time. It’s a really good
wine, it’s not unnecessarily expensive,
and it’s absolutely delicious—to me,
that’s a lot like Steven.”
THIS JUST IN
“NICE FOR WHAT” by Drake
The hip-hop hitmaker emerged from hibernation
with a surprise new single and uptempo music
video that features all your faves (Issa Rae! Yara
Shahidi! Rashida Jones!) in true bawse fashion.
Come for Tifany Haddish smoking a cigar, stay
for Tracee Ellis Ross dancing through a field.
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NEWS STORY
The Most
Scandal-ous
Moments
Pour one out for the Gladiators! As the ABC hit careens
toward its April 19 series finale, the cast of the Shonda Rhimes
drama open up about saying goodbye—and share their
favorite episodes from the past seven seasons. B Y N A T A L I E A B R A M S
I
IN THE WEE HOURS OF A RECENT MARCH MORNING, THE CAST OF SCANDAL
gathered to say goodbye. “For our very final shot, we had every single cast member come back to set, except for Scott Foley, who was shooting in Europe and
had to call in on FaceTime,” star Kerry Washington says of the climax of the
ABC political-fixer drama’s 124th episode. “Even my parents were there until
three in the morning.”
Many cast members looked at the entire seventh season as one long goodbye. So much so that Joshua Malina tried to put a moratorium on sentimentality.
“I tend to keep it pretty buttoned-up, and I would say, ‘We can’t celebrate
every last,’ ” explains the actor, who plays Attorney General David Rosen.
Though, he admits, that all changed on wrap day. “That was a very special
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moment that I’ll always remember,” Malina
says of their final day of shooting, which
took place inside QPA (previously OPA).
“It wasn’t supposed to be emotional,” adds
Guillermo Diaz, who plays Huck. “But we
all couldn’t stop crying.”
No one is revealing what happens in
the final moments of the series—though
Washington teases that “the imagery of
it leaves you with a lot of questions; it
can be interpreted in so many ways”—but
here, the Gladiators reflect on the episodes
they’ll remember best from the past
seven seasons.
KATIE LOWES (QUINN PERKINS)
“SWEET BABY” SEASON 1, EPISODE 1
The series opens with a fast-paced job interview, where Harrison (Columbus Short) asks
Olivia Pope & Associates prospect Quinn if she
wants to be a “gladiator in a suit.”
That was my audition scene. I feel like
if I really had to, I could probably still
recite it now. I remember Shonda timing
me during the audition and telling me that
I had done it 30 seconds faster the previous take, and that there was something
called Scandal pace, and it was something
that I could really do. I had been told to
talk slower my whole life, so I was finally
meeting my match! I remember being in
this bar downtown, shooting that scene
GUILLERMO’S PICK
JOSH’S PICK
( Clockwise from top left ) Kerry Washington and Scott Foley;
Guillermo Diaz and George Newbern; Katie Lowes, Diaz, Joshua
Malina, and Darby Stanchfield; Lowes and Columbus Short
a few episodes already, but it was the first
time that I was going to actually torture
someone, and it was so real. George Newbern had to get into tan-colored briefs and
we wrapped him in plastic—it was just so
exciting. I had such a blast doing it.
KATIE’S PICK
JOSHUA MALINA (DAVID ROSEN)
“A N Y Q U E S T I O N S ? ” S E A S O N 2 , E P I S O D E 2 1
and being encouraged to speak as fast as
humanly possible, and thinking, “Oh my
gosh, I can fly here.”
GUILLERMO DIAZ (HUCK)
“CRASH AND BURN” SEASON 1, EPISODE 5
The truth behind soft-spoken—and sometimes
awkward—Huck’s past is revealed when
Olivia enlists him to use his “special skills” on
Charlie (George Newbern) to get info on
their missing client.
This was the first time you see Huck torture someone: when he’s trying to figure
out who killed Amanda Tanner [Liza Weil]
and where her body is. It’s the first time
that I was like, “Oh, wow. This is who Huck
is, this is what he’s capable of.” It was so
exhilarating to play that scene. We had shot
I REMEMBER BEING
IN THIS BAR DOWNTOWN, SHOOTING
THAT SCENE AND
BEING ENCOURAGED
TO SPEAK AS FAST AS
HUMANLY POSSIBLE,
AND THINKING,
‘OH MY GOSH,
I CAN FLY HERE.’ ”
—K ATIE LOW ES ON FILMING
THE SCA NDA L PILOT
As Olivia & Co. fight to keep their election tampering a secret, a memory card proving their
guilt goes missing. Fans were shocked to learn
David Rosen’s the one who stole it.
Given the way that Shonda works, you
only know what you’re working on that episode, so I didn’t know how things were
going to play out. It looked like David was a
“bad guy.” But Shonda knows her characters best, and it turned out David was wired
and had given a fake Cytron card to Billy
[Matt Letscher]. He was still a good guy
wearing a white hat. It was cool to do a
quick change like that from episode to episode. But when it looked like I was on the
dark side, people would come up yelling at
me, which I actually enjoyed.
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KERRY WASHINGTON (OLIVIA POPE)
“ W H I T E H AT ’S B AC K O N ” S E A S O N 2 , E P I S O D E 2 2
In the season 2 finale, as news breaks that
Olivia is the president’s mistress, she comes
face-to-face with the dangerous Mystery
Man (Joe Morton), whom she surprisingly
calls Dad.
I was hoping all season long that I was
going to have a scene with Joe, because I’m
such a huge fan. So when that final scene
happened, I was floored. We didn’t know
what the relationship was between them
yet, so we shot that “Dad” line about 10 different ways. Up until then, we didn’t really
know anything about where Olivia came
from. I’d been wanting a window [into her
origin], but when I was at the table read
and turned the page and saw the last line of
the scene, I just couldn’t believe it.
JOE MORTON (ROWAN POPE)
“IT’S HANDLED” SEASON 3, EPISODE 1
Picking up right after season 2’s jaw-dropping
reveal, Rowan begins season 3 by reminding
Olivia of the double standards that apply to
black people in America: “You have to be twice
as good as them to get half of what they have.”
This episode is my favorite because it
starts with this enormous two-and-a-halfpage monologue. I’ve always sort of kidded
that that was my real audition for the show.
Shonda and the writers saw how successful
it was and decided to write monologues for
me on a regular basis, which made me so
happy because it was like doing theater on
television. And it led to fans giving me a
nickname, Papa Pope; something like that
doesn’t happen to many actors.
( Clockwise
from top left )
Joe Morton and
Washington;
Bellamy
Young; Tony
Goldwyn and
Washington
JOE’S PICK
TONY’S PICK
TONY GOLDWYN (FITZGERALD GRANT)
SCOTT FOLEY (JAKE BALLARD)
“VERMONT IS FOR LOVERS, TOO”
SEASON 3, EPISODE 8
“ R A N D Y, R E D , S U P E R F R E A K A N D J U L I A”
SEASON 4, EPISODE 1
On the outs with Olivia after she discovers he
shot down a plane with her mother allegedly
on board, Fitz attempts to win her back
by taking her to the house he built for them
in Vermont.
It was the episode that Ava DuVernay
directed. Olivia and Fitz had been at odds
for so long, but I fly her to Vermont and
remind her how I feel about her and win her
back temporarily. For all the dysfunction in
their relationship and each of their bad
behavior, I felt like that scene was an
expression of what was at the bottom of it
for Fitz—it was something very pure and
real and very from-the-heart.
Ready to escape the drama of the presidential
election, Jake and Olivia take off on a plane
together at the end of season 3. When the show
returns, the couple trade traumas for tan lines
on a remote island.
It’s a selfish favorite for a number of reasons. First, it may be the only time that Jake
got what he was hoping for; he actually got
to stand in the sun with Olivia. That alone
would be enough for me. However, when
you throw in the location where Kerry and I
shot our scenes, a tiny island about an
hour’s boat ride from Paradise Island in the
Bahamas, that definitely made it my favorite
experience while shooting the show.
CAN’T SAY GOODBYE?
Break out another bottle of Bordeaux. Scandal may be coming to an end,
but there’s still plenty of ways to keep the Gladiators in your life.
GUILLERMO DIAZ
SCOTT FOLEY
KATIE LOWES
TONY GOLDWYN
JOSHUA MALINA
JOE MORTON
Playing a cop in an
upcoming movie starring Danielle Brooks
(Orange Is the New
Black) about a mom
who loses a child
in a school shooting.
Starring as an FBI
agent in ABC’s actiondramedy pilot
Whiskey Cavalier.
Returning for the
Wreck-It Ralph sequel
(Nov. 21) and hosting
the Shondaland
parenting podcast
Katie’s Crib.
Developing a few
projects, including
a movie he hopes
to direct.
Touring the globe
recording episodes of
his West Wing Weekly
podcast with cohost
Hrishikesh Hirway.
Playing a reverend
with an atheist son
in the CBS pilot
God Friended Me.
BELLAMY’S PICK
being sworn in during the season 6 finale—but
not without an assassination scare.
That day was epic. Tony directed it. We
had winds so wild that it blew part of the set
away. It felt almost apocalyptic. After six
years of living with this woman and her
dreams, to stand there on the dais, that one
felt way bigger than me. I felt proud for her
and I was so overwhelmed by the day. Just
the fact that she made it there, and then she
lived, because I wasn’t sure that part was
going to happen, either, frankly. I was supposed to be a guest star [in season 1], and
then to be standing on that gorgeous set, it
was an enormous day for her and also a
really big day for me, too.
CORNELIUS SMITH JR. (MARCUS WALKER)
“A L L O W M E T O R E I N T R O D U C E M Y S E L F ”
S E A S O N 7, E P I S O D E 1 2
GEORGE NEWBERN (CHARLIE)
MORTON: KELSE Y MCNE AL /ABC; YOUNG, WASHINGTON (SIDEBAR):
RICHARD CART WRIGHT/ABC/GET T Y IMAGES (2); NEWBURN, SMITH JR:
CR AIG SJODIN/ABC (2) ALL OTHERS (SIDEBAR): BOB D’AMICO/ABC (8)
“WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE” SEASON 4, EPISODE 9
Shutting down B613, Rowan places a bounty on
the heads of the remaining black-ops agents,
pitting Quinn and Charlie against each other.
Quinn suspects Charlie of putting a hit
on her. They have a huge fight and make out
and beat the hell out of each other. That’s
my favorite scene that I’ve done with Katie.
She kept slapping me; she must’ve done it
25 times. I’m a wuss and it really hurt.
DARBY STANCHFIELD (ABBY WHELAN)
“I SEE YOU” SEASON 5, EPISODE 14
Upon discovering Cyrus (Jeff Perry) has been
secretly working for the Democrats, Abby
persuades Fitz to oust him and name her chief
of staff.
Within one scene, she talks him out of
Cyrus and into Abby; it’s pretty monumental. It was all done in the Oval Office, right
on the seal. You see a look on her face as she
walks away—she’s won. I love that, because
it shows her at the peak of her good power
in the White House. In an earlier draft of
that scene, they had Fitz doing all the talking, convincing her to take the job. But of
course, because it’s Shonda, she looked at
that scene and said, “No, it’s got to come
from Abby—she’s the one with the idea.” I
love that that’s how it turned out.
BELLAMY YOUNG (MELLIE GRANT)
“TRANSFER OF POWER” SEASON 6, EPISODE 16
Though she lost the election earlier in the season, Mellie succeeded in becoming POTUS,
After being ousted from the White House and
losing every ally she’s ever had, Olivia finds
surprising help from former Gladiator Marcus.
The duo cross over to How to Get Away With
Murder to help Annalise (Viola Davis) with
her Supreme Court case.
I really loved the moment where Marcus
and Olivia are at the bar. Olivia is basically
like, “Why are you here, Marcus?” And he
simply responds, “We’re black, that’s how
we do.” This episode shot to the top of my
list because it was such a potent and relevant moment that I personally could
connect with. I think the fans really connected with how we supported one another
no matter what.
Additional reporting by Patrick Gomez
GEORGE NEWBERN
JEFF PERRY
DARBY STANCHFIELD
CORNELIUS SMITH JR.
KERRY WASHINGTON
BELLAMY YOUNG
Voicing the character
of Clark Kent (yep,
Superman!) in
Injustice 2 and other
videogames.
Appearing in the
CBS All Access thriller
$1 and Trial by Fire,
a biopic about the
execution of a possibly innocent man.
Starring in the upcoming indie film Justine
as the racist mother
of a young girl
with spina bifida.
Developing a one-man
show he originally
performed in grad
school. (And he’s
open to returning
to HTGAWM!)
Exec-producing the
ABC pilot Man of the
House, as well as Hulu’s
Little Fires Everywhere
alongside costar
Reese Witherspoon.
Starring in ABC’s
comedic soap pilot
False Profits opposite
Vanessa Williams.
NEVERTHELESS,
After an awardwinning first season,
The Handmaid’s Tale
returns to expand
Margaret Atwood’s
dark universe
BY SARA VILKOMERSON
@Vilkomerson
SHE
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
MARK WILLIAMS
& SARA HIRAKAWA
Elisabeth Moss
IT’S A CHILLY MARCH DAY IN TORONTO FOR
the shooting of episode 12 in season 2 of
The Handmaid’s Tale. The crew and episode
director Daina Reid are huddled in a corner
to shoot one of the show’s flashback scenes
between our heroine June (Elisabeth Moss),
her best friend Moira (Samira Wiley), and
June’s mother, Holly (Cherry Jones). Production on the second season began in September, stretching over a particularly brutal
Canadian winter (most of the crew are still
in puffy coats and hats), and certainly the
show’s subject matter—a dystopian nearfuture where women are forced to serve as
concubines under a fundamentalist dictatorship—does not lend itself to laughs. Yet it’s
all giggles and guffaws between takes, particularly among the actors. “Well, you know
it’s not actually Gilead,” Moss says later with
a laugh. “This is what I love to do, so for me,
it’s my happy place.”
The Republic of Gilead, not so much.
Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel sketched out
a world that Bruce Miller faithfully adapted
for the Hulu series. Much like the book, the
first season of the show didn’t offer much
exposition about the events that led to the formation of Gilead: Fertility rates
have plummeted; Christian theonomic government rules the land; women
found to be fertile are sent to the homes of high-ranking officers and must
endure systematic rapes in order to bear children for them. The series debuted
in April 2017 and quickly became the streaming service’s biggest hit to date. It
swept awards season, winning armfuls of Golden Globes and Emmys along the
way. Its first-season finale mirrored the novel’s conclusion—with June stepping into a van that will take her either to freedom or possibly to her death.
“People ask, ‘How can you take a sacred book and continue on?’ ” says Miller.
“Because that’s all you want to know—what happens next?”
In other words, this season pushes past the source material and continues to
fill in the imaginings of Atwood—who serves as an enthusiastic consultant on
the series. “We’re enormously proud of what we accomplished in year 1,” says
executive producer Warren Littlefield. “But year 2, we’re more ambitious. With
the television world we’re living in, to merely equal what you did previously is
not good enough.” A daunting task, to be sure. Says Miller: “It’s hard to sit down
and write season 2 when you have a big fat Emmy on your keyboard. It’s hard to
type around it.” He laughs. “But then you think, I just need to write the show. It
helps that we were already being a little big for our britches—taking a Margaret
Atwood book and adapting it—so it’s like, Who are you to write this awardwinning show? It just makes me feel like I can push harder. We want every episode to be fully packed.”
EW has seen the first five of the 13 episodes in the new season, which returns
April 25, and can report with confidence: Mission accomplished. It’s tonally
and visually in keeping with the first, but it also pushes into previously unexplored parts of Gilead—including a first look at the Colonies. That’s the
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Samira Wiley
punishing radioactive wasteland where
Alexis Bledel’s Emily has landed. The second episode not only shows what life is like
there (with an excellent assist from Marisa
Tomei, who, along with Jones and Bradley
Whitford, makes an appearance this season) but uses flashbacks to illuminate
Emily’s backstory. “I was so excited to get
that script,” says Bledel.
In all the ways Handmaid’s Tale excels, it’s
often at its most queasily effective during
glimpses at life before the rise of Gilead,
when you can see the fabric of society beginning to tear. In this case, the heartbreak of
Emily’s past life when she was a college professor happily married to a woman with a
child, waiting too long to try and flee the
United States. Season 1 saw her savagely
punished with a clitorectomy, which you
might think is as bad as it gets until you see
her current life in the Colonies, where the
horses are given gas masks for protection
but the women aren’t. “Poor Emily, just
when you think it can’t get worse,” says
Bledel with a sigh. Says Moss, who also
serves as a hands-on producer: “This season
is one hundred times more complicated and
bigger than season 1. I was like…oof, people
think the first season was dark! But we definitely pushed the envelope this year, and
there’s a couple of things that people are
going to have a really hard time watching.”
Gilead, we learn this season, isn’t a place
that you can just leave behind. “It’s like
coming out of a war. You’re a different person due to the experiences you’ve had,”
says Moss. Moira, for example, struggles
with her new freedom, trying to reconcile
her survivor’s guilt and the brutality of her
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Diagnosed with autism
Sensory sensitivity is a sign of autism.
Learn the others at autismspeaks.org/signs.
HANDMAID' S TALE: GEORGE KR AYCHYK /HULU (2)
( Above ) Emily/Ofglen (Alexis
Bledel, right) is confronted
in the Colonies; ( left ) Aunt
Lydia (Ann Dowd) keeps an eye
on her charges
experiences with a new life in Canada working with fellow refugees. “This season you see a real three-dimensional and complex woman,” says Wiley. “That’s
not always a given in television—to see all of these colors in one woman, and
not only a woman but a black gay woman. She’s every f---ing minority you can
think of! Which I know a little something about.” This season will also see a
confrontation between Moira and Luke (O-T Fagbenle) and the Waterfords
(Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski), who arrive in Canada on a diplomatic
visit. (“You know when you sit with your friends at a bar and go, ‘I love Game
of Thrones’ or Stranger Things or whatever, and you say, ‘You know what I wish
would happen?’ We play that same game in the writers’ room,” says Miller.)
There will also be an act of terrorism in Gilead that will change our heroines’
destinies. “When you have this kind of world with these kinds of rules, there
will be an uprising,” says Littlefield. “The consequences will be devastating for
both sides.”
Through it all, our Gilead guide is Offred/
June, pregnant and wrestling with the conflicting feelings that have come with it.
“One of the greatest gifts of television is
getting to change a character over the
course of a few years,” says Moss. “For me,
what I was trying to do with season 2 was
really move June to the June we hear in the
voice-overs. The June that’s narrating isn’t
the June in the flashbacks. That June has
been through Gilead. So we’re bringing out
the June in Offred. She gets crushed and
reborn a couple of times this season. And
all season long she’s finding her own form
of resistance and finding out what that
means. How she can actually be a part of
the resistance in a way that actually changes
things.” She pauses. “Sometimes it’s not
from the outside.”
It’s certainly an interesting time to be
exploring resistance in fiction. The 2016
election transpired in the midst of season 1
filming (take a moment to think just how
different an experience watching The Handmaid’s Tale during a female presidency
would have been), and this season the show
was in production as the #MeToo and
Time’s Up movements were gathering
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Bledel
steam. “I definitely feel a sense of responsibility to women, especially now,” says
Moss. “That’s the purpose of the arts—it’s meant to hold up a mirror to ourselves and our society and a way we can work through what’s going on and learn
and develop. I think the basic ideas of Margaret’s book are relevant to people
today, and to humanity, and we want to see that.” (Says Miller, “This is a terrifying time, and I’d be extremely happy if our show became a lot less relevant.”)
Moss and the top brass agreed that the show should be staffed behind the
scenes by as many women as possible. “It was a nonnegotiable issue for us,”
she says. “It’s so important for not only the basic idea that we want to set the
example of how and why there should be so many women behind the camera
and women in control, but also what they bring to the show.” She, Miller, and
Littlefield were all cognizant about having an equal male/female director count
for this season, which definitely came in handy for certain scenes. “One episode in particular I can’t imagine not having a woman director,” says Moss.
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“There’s some stuff that only a woman can
understand. That doesn’t mean a man can’t
wrap his head around it, but there are certain things that are like, Okay, you’ve
literally never experienced this.”
Between The Handmaid’s Tale and her
previous television gig on Orange Is the New
Black, Wiley can’t imagine it being any
other way. “I think I’m probably naive
about what TV is really like. Every single
director last season on Handmaid’s, except
for one, was a woman. Our writers’ room is
basically all women. On Orange [many of ]
the producers were women. I think it does
make a difference. It helps one dream bigger.” She grins. “I would like to think of
myself as a role model for girls that look
like me and feel like me. They can look and
say, ‘She’s doing that. That means I can
too.’ For me, it was Angela Bassett—she
was a black woman I could see who was
doing it. She was how I could dream.”
The Handmaid’s Tale hasn’t been picked
up for a third season yet, but Miller is
already beginning to brainstorm ideas.
When asked about a possible endgame, he
jokes (we think), “Wouldn’t you love to see
the Nuremberg trials of the Commander
and Serena Joy?” But Moss isn’t thinking
quite that far ahead yet. “Reading the book,
you know that there’s an epilogue and
there’s an end to Gilead,” she says. “We just
don’t know how. It’s working towards that
end in the best way possible.” She is sure
that when production wraps, she’ll miss not
only her cast and crew but also playing this
role. “This show inspires me as a woman
just as it does any other fan. I truly draw
inspiration and strength from the script
and the book and these characters. I’ve
learned a lot from doing this show.” She
laughs. “I’m not that serious an actor, and I
hate it when people say, ‘Oh, this character
has changed me,’ ‘Oh, I’ve learned so
much’—it makes me want to gag! But…I do
actually feel like that.” She won’t reveal any
more of the season’s secrets, but she laughs
in delighted anticipation of audience reaction. “Every single episode is its own movie,
and you’ll have no idea what will happen
next,” she says, laughing again. “It’s quite
the ride, I would say!” Buckle up. X
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G
God’s
WORK
AFTER DECADES OF
SUCCESS ON TELEVISION,
J O S H UA JAC K S O N
STEPS INTO HIS MOST DEMANDING ROLE EVER—
S TA R R I N G I N T H E
B R O A D WAY R E V I VA L O F
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD.
by JESSICA DERSCHOWITZ
@jessicasara
It’s impossible to take your eyes off Joshua Jackson in his latest role, not that
you’d want to. The actor, 39, is on stage for every moment of the new revival
of the landmark play Children of a Lesser God (now running at New York’s Studio
54), and its story—about the relationship between a hearing teacher and a
deaf woman—requires him to use sign language in addition to speaking his
lines, often doing both simultaneously. You start watching him and you can’t
look away. ¶ Preparation took months of effort—including a monthlong outof-town run last summer in Stockbridge, Mass.—and the show’s Tony-winning
director, Kenny Leon, was floored by Jackson’s commitment. “If I’m going to
war, I want to go with Joshua Jackson, because he’s going to prepare,” says
Leon, who previously directed Jackson in 2016’s Off Broadway production of
Smart People. “This Broadway audience, they’re so lucky to have an actor who’s
given up himself so completely to this character.” ¶ Lesser God won the Tony
award for Best Play in 1980, and the subsequent
1986 film adaptation earned Marlee Matlin an
Oscar for her role. (The part is now played with
Photograph by
staggering range on stage by Lauren Ridloff, who,
MARC HOM
Lauren Ridloff and
Joshua Jackson
Your costar, Lauren Ridlof, who is deaf, is
phenomenal—and your relationship feels
very authentic.
What was it about this play that appealed to you?
JOSHUA JACKSON In my very lucky life, I’ve had the
opportunity to only do plays because there was a question at the center of the play that I was asking myself.
When I did A Life in the Theatre [in London in 2005], it
was, “What is being an actor, what is this life, do I want
this life?” When it was Smart People, it was, “What is
being a white man in America?” And for this one, it’s,
“What stops us to truly see another person, to truly
hear, to really understand and accept with humility
another person?” This man is so clearly in love and so
desperately desires to do the right thing, and yet he still
can’t give himself over completely to accepting the
woman, the object of his love.
One of the taglines for the play is “Start Listening,”
which seems like a very timely sentiment.
We are in a place right now where we just don’t listen to
each other. I’m as guilty of it as the next guy. This is a
play that explores how different worlds can be completely valid and that even in love and with desire, when
you want to bridge the gap, you still can’t make it because
you’re missing the essential element: humility.
I was blown away by how much work you’re doing,
between your spoken lines and signing and how
much you’re on stage.
It’s a lot—I am exhausted by the time I finish. I’ve been
more selfish with my time in this process than I’ve ever
been because of the amount of focus. The signing is
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“ THIS MAN
IS SO CLEARLY
IN LOVE
AND SO
DESPERATELY
DESIRES
TO DO THE
RIGHT THING,
AND YET
HE STILL
CAN’ T GIVE
HIMSELF
COMPLETELY.
One of the many things I’ve learned through
this process is, if you leave the peripheral
vision of a deaf person, you cease to exist.
So of the many, many challenging and kind
of scary things for her, the natural blocking
of a play, the actors should not obviously
face towards each other the entire time, so
for us to go through this together and for
her to get to the place of trust where you
can say, “Look, I’m going to walk over there,
but I want you to know that when you turn
around and you need me to be there, I will
be there.” I hope that’s what’s coming
across on stage—there’s a rope tied between
the two of us at all times, whether we’re in a
scene together, whether we’re talking
together, whatever’s happening, we are
bound together in this performance.
What do you hope people take away when
they see Children of a Lesser God?
I hope that it resonates with you so that in a
day or two, you’re in the midst of a conversation and you say, “You know, I saw this
show the other night, and there was this one
scene where I was like, ‘I’ve done that’ or
‘I’ve been that person’ or ‘I’ve had that done
to me’ and it really made me think.” If people take something from it, I want it to be
the idea that they’ve seen themselves represented and they’re moved by it. X
(PREVIOUS PAGE) ST YLING: MARYAM MAL AKPOUR / THE ONLY AGENCY; GROOMER: JESSICA ORTIZ/EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS MANAGEMENT; TROUSERS: ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA; PROP ST YLING: GILLE MILLS/ THE MAGNET AGENCY; CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD: MAT THEW MURPHY
like Jackson, is making her Broadway debut.) Less than
a week before opening night, seated in his dressing
room, the star of Dawson’s Creek, Fringe, and The Affair
(returning June 17 on Showtime) was hopeful that the
play’s messages about connection and communication
would speak to people anew.
difficult and the speaking, there’s obviously
a learning process for that. It turns out that
SimCom, which is signing-speaking at the
same time, is actually the most difficult.
One of the things that I have learned
through this process is that up until the
’70s or ’80s, they used to teach deaf children to speak and sign at the same time.
Turns out that was the wrong thing because
it’s two different sides of your brain, and
when there’s a disconnect between the
signing and the speaking, both things stop.
So that is unbelievably difficult on stage,
because obviously you can’t stop, you’ve
got to keep going. So to keep the trains
going, it’s hard. It’s a hard show.
Is She
Tomi Adeyemi
(at home in San
Diego) wearing
a headdress a
friend gave her,
based on one
that Children of
Blood and Bone
protagonist
Zélie sports
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MEET TOMI
ADEYEMI, THE
24-YEAR-OLD
AUTHOR
OF THE WILDLY
POPULAR,
BLACK LIVES
MATTER-INSPIRED
FANTASY
CHILDREN OF
BLOOD AND BONE
BY
David Canfield
Shanna Fisher
PHOTOGRAPHS BY
The New
J.K. Rowling?
Tomi Adeyemi is in yet another airport, headed to Houston for
the next stop on her book tour. It’s been a few weeks since her
novel Children of Blood and Bone debuted at No. 1 on the New
York Times young-adult best-seller list, and she’s just spent three days
back home in San Diego, a short but vital break from the media frenzy
that’s engulfed her. Racing around the country from event to event,
fielding plot questions and fan theories, she hasn’t had a moment to take
in the life-changing energy. But now, with the spotlight temporarily
dimmed, Adeyemi finds herself in reflection—on how, in the span of a
year, she’s gone from aspiring writer to author of the biggest YA phenomenon in recent memory. ¶ It’s not every day that an unknown
23-year-old sells the movie rights to an unpublished fantasy trilogy for a
reported seven figures. Adeyemi unveiled Children of Blood and Bone at a
manuscript contest called Pitch Wars in 2016 and instantly emerged as
the hottest name on the market. “Every major agent who represents
YA wanted to represent this project,” Adeyemi’s agent Alexandra
Machinist, of ICM Partners, says. “And once we submitted it, every
publisher in New York wanted it.” Macmillan Children’s Publishing
Group acquired the book for a reported seven figures after winning
an intense bidding war in 2017; on the film side, Fox 2000 purchased
the book’s rights directly, bypassing the optioning phase—a rare
show of faith. The film version of Children, from the producers of
Twilight and The Maze Runner, is currently in active development.
Adeyemi, now 24, is remarkably young to be experiencing such
success. And yet she brims with wisdom. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs, the middle child of three, with Nigerian-immigrant
parents who instilled in her a “crazy work ethic.” She wrote her
first story at the age of 5 and describes it fondly as “elaborate
Parent Trap fan fiction on a horse farm with saris.” But Adeyemi
looks back on it now for a more sobering reason. “I wrote myself
into [that] first story, but every story I wrote after that, the protagonists were white or biracial because, somewhere along the line,
I’d come to believe black people couldn’t be in stories. I was writing
these magical adventures that I wanted to have, but I didn’t think I
could have those adventures and look like myself.” Raised on Harry
Potter and other fantasies with predominantly white ensembles,
she came to this realization as she prepared to attend Harvard
University. It was there that she developed her mission as a storyteller: “Write a story that’s so good and so black that everyone’s
going to have to read it—even if they’re racist.”
Her first attempt at a novel, written during her junior year,
didn’t go anywhere. It took Adeyemi a few painful years to move
on—an invaluable education that rivaled her Harvard curriculum.
“I feel very lucky that my first book got rejected,” she reflects. “I
would be so much worse of a writer had someone said yes.” She
stayed focused enough to teach herself how to write and pitch a
book that would sell, surveying the new YA field and spinning
whatever negative feedback she received into a road map for success. She put it into practice for Children of Blood and Bone.
A visionary fantasy that doubles as an ingenious allegory for
the modern black experience, Children is an addictive adventure
quest through the magical land of Orïsha, steeped in West African folklore. It’s emotionally textured by sharp commentary on
racial issues ranging from police brutality to colorism. You can
see the rigor of its author’s methods on every page. The worldbuilding is meticulous, its boundaries precise. This is how
Adeyemi operates—thoroughly. And it’s why her book is such an
earth shaker. Her social commentary is bolstered by a mythology
so fleshed out and immersive that thousands of readers are bask-
Adeyemi in her writing room, modeling the
slippers—inspired by the feline Lionaires in Children of
Blood and Bone—she wears while she writes
ing in Orïsha the way they used to (and still) bask in Hogwarts.
Adeyemi is living proof that greatness doesn’t come easily. She’s
proud of her work ethic and how it’s manifested on the page; others
are in awe of it. When Machinist and her partner Hillary Jacobson gave
Adeyemi their first standard edit letter, the author responded with a
50-column, color-coded Excel spreadsheet. “My brain was exploding
trying to decipher it,” Jacobson recalls. “Once I figured out how to
read her document I was flabbergasted.” Adds Machinist: “So many of
these YA books feel half-baked—Tomi’s feels fully realized.”
Despite Adeyemi’s success, what shines through most clearly is
her gratitude. She repeatedly cites her YA heroes, like Sabaa Tahir
(An Ember in the Ashes) and Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give), whom
she now calls friends. She expresses amazement that her book continues to top the New York Times best-seller list. At first
she—seriously—feared its placement was the result of a Russian
hack. “When it was listed again [the next] week, I was like, ‘Okay, I
don’t think it’s a fluke!’ ” Of course, that doesn’t take away from the
sheer thrill of being a published author on the cusp of fame: Adeyemi
excitedly remembers a video her younger sister recently
sent her of a college party at Stanford. “They’re playing
beer-pong games,” Adeyemi says. “But then [my sister]
pans around the room and there’s this kid, chilling with
“[I WANTED TO] WRITE A STORY THAT’S
Children of Blood and Bone—there’s literally a college
SO GOOD AND SO BLACK THAT EVERYONE’S GOING TO
party around him as he’s reading my book in the corner!”
HAVE TO READ IT—EVEN IF THEY’RE RACIST.”
She laughs, then pauses, as if she’s taking in the scene
again for the first time. “That’s pretty cool.” X
—Tomi Adeyemi
A Visitor’s Guide to Orïsha
At a hefty 500-plus
pages, Children of Blood
and Bone is not for the
faint of heart—or memory. It begins with a
detailed, Elena Ferranteesque rundown of the
characters should you
lose track, and boasts
a backstory that rivals
Harry Potter and The
Hunger Games. Much
like its J.K. Rowling-penned predecessor,
Children of Blood and Bone uses a language
and shorthand all its own. Those who join the
ranks of fandom may find themselves throwing around terms like “Agbön” and “Ashê” the
way Hogwarts acolytes debate the finer
points of Quidditch. But it’s worth studying
this primer before diving into Tomi Adeyemi’s
mystical world, if only to avoid the inevitable
head-scratching when trying to remember
what the heck a Kosidán is. —Seija Rankin
THE CHARACTERS
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The novel toggles between narrators, as
the story revolves around the adventures of four
teenage citizens of Orïsha.
Main Characters
Supporting Cast
A girl from a poor
family who lost her
mother during the
Raid, a horrific event
where King Saran and
his soldiers killed as
many Maji (Orïshans
who possess magical
powers) as possible in
order to eliminate any
threats to his power.
TZAIN Zélie’s very
protective, very fretful
older brother.
AMARI The princess of
Orïsha (her father is
King Saran) who
eschews her family’s
violence against the
Maji and helps Zélie
and Tzain in their quest
to bring magic back.
INAN Amari’s
brother, the prince of
Orïsha, charged
with stopping the
children from restoring
magic—and bringing
them to justice.
Tzain and Zélie’s
widowed father, who
was devastated by his
wife’s death and hasn’t
been the same since.
KING SARAN Amari
and Inan’s father, who
has a murderous
streak and wants to
eliminate anyone with
magical powers.
NAILAH Zélie and
Tzain’s super-loyal
giant pet lion, who
comes to their rescue
at pivotal moments.
MAMA AGBA A
no-nonsense mentor
(and formidable
fight instructor) to the
young girls of the
village of Eloirin,
reminiscient of Robin
Wright’s Antiope in
Wonder Woman.
BINTA Amari’s best
friend and palace
servant.
ZÉLIE
BABA
THE MAJI CLANS
REAPERS Access
and manipulate the
spirits of the living
and the dead.
CONNECTORS Tap
into the minds,
consciousness, and
dreams of others.
TIDERS, BURNERS,
WINDERS, GROUNDERS,
WELDERS, AND
LIGHTERS Manipulate
water, fire, air,
earth, metals, and
light, respectively.
HEALERS Cure a wide
variety of ailments
and injuries.
CANCERS Infect the
living with sickness
and disease.
SEERS Can look
into the past, present,
and future.
TAMERS Control and
transform animals.
KEY TERMS
AGBÖN The main
team sport played in
Orïsha—think
Quidditch without
the flying.
AHÉRÉ A small
thatched-roof hut
in Orïsha.
ALÂFIA A form
of heaven. The Maji
believe Alâfia is a
feeling of ultimate
peace.
ASHÊ A substance
in Majis’ blood that
gives them their
magical powers.
DIVÎNERS Maji who
are still waiting for
their powers to come
to fruition.
KOSIDÁN An Orïshan
who doesn’t have
magical powers; the
Children of Blood and
Bone version of a
Muggle.
LIONAIRE Large,
horned, lionlike
creatures (also known
as Ryders) that double
as pets and battle
fellows.
MAGGOT A slur for
Maji, mainly used by
the nobles.
MAJACITE A metal
created by the nobles
to weaken magic
and burn through the
flesh of Maji.
SKIES A curse word
used only by nobles,
often mumbled
under one’s breath
(“Oh, skies!”).
YORUBA A Maji
language that was
outlawed after
the Raid (and an actual
language spoken
in West Africa).
MAP OF ORÏSHA
COMMANDER KAEA
Inan’s right hand
and a passionate
Maji hater.
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TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS OF STANLEY KUBRICK’S 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, DISTINGUISHED FILM AND TV CREATORS REVEAL
THE MOVIE’S INFLUENCE ON MAD MEN, BLADE RUNNER 2049, AND MORE. WITH THIS KIND OF IMPACT, THE LEGACY OF THE
SCI-FI CLASSIC IS ANYTHING BUT MONOLITHIC. • BY PIYA SINHA-ROY AND MAUREEN LEE LENKER • ILLUSTRATION BY MARTIN ANSIN
A L F O N S O C U A R Ó N S AY S H E ’ S
ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL LEGACIES OF
2001: A Space Odyssey is not what you see but
what you hear—or rather, don’t hear—on screen.
The dramatic scenes in Kubrick’s 2001 were predominantly soundless, accurate of what space is really like.
In Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049, Officer K (Ryan
Gosling) walks through a toxic orange-glowing Las Vegas
before he finally encounters Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford).
To accompany the scene, the sound editors created a stifling
deserted sound by recording themselves dropping dust with
their fingers. “There’s big explosions and loud vehicles and
spinners, but we also have utter silence and bleakness and no
sound events at all,” film editor Joe Walker says. “That comes
very much from, if not 2001, then the films inspired by 2001.”
For the baseline test in Blade Runner 2049 that gauges replicants’ emotional responses, Walker says “it was very hard
not to think of HAL” as a computer eye “looks” at Officer K
while a faceless voice asks him questions. “Somehow just by
pointing a camera at a fish-eye lens with a red light behind it,
there’s nothing else going on with HAL but the coolness of
that shot. If you could show somebody’s face in the reflection
or what you cut to, you can show emotion,” Walker says.
One of the most prominent images of Villeneuve’s cerebral
2016 sci-fi Arrival is the deep, heavy breaths of Amy Adams’
linguist Louise Banks as she enters the monolithic spacecraft
to face the alien heptapods. “When she goes into those chambers for the very first time, that’s all you’re hearing, her breath
quite close up and the hissing of the air inside her helmet,”
says Walker.
The scene echoes that of Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood)
in 2001 as he exits the pod and steps into space, unaware that
HAL is about to send him tumbling into the deep, dark void,
the only sound being Poole’s deep, measured breaths inside
his helmet. “A murder scene is accompanied by just breaths.
It’s a really breathtaking—sorry, that’s a bad pun—astonishing use of sound in that film,” Walker says. —PSR
seen 2001 many times in his life
but purposely chose not to watch
it as he concocted 2013’s Gravity.
“I knew that it would paralyze
me,” he says. Still, “it’s clear that
its ghost was haunting me,” even
as he tried to reference only real
footage from space for his quiet,
intimate tale of an astronaut
trapped in her craft.
“With his obsessive attention
to detail and meticulous research,
Kubrick was replicating reality,
but by doing this he was creating
a new reality,” Cuarón says.
There are fleeting 2001 homages in Gravity, like a floating pen
in the spacecraft; Ryan Stone
(Sandra Bullock) spinning out of
control into space; and Ryan later
taking of her suit and sinking into
the fetal position in zero gravity,
reminiscent of 2001’s iconic
Starchild, a symbol of rebirth.
2001 and Gravity share quietness as well as sparse dialogue:
Ryan talks mainly to herself, to her
equipment, and to the dead. “It’s
not only a legacy of 2001, it is a
legacy of all Kubrick’s work that,
like many other film masters,
he believes in the power of cinema as an experience that can
convey themes through its own
language,” Cuarón says. —PSR
Gravity
Mad Men, “The Monolith”
( From top ) Blade Runner 2049; Arrival
The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror XII”
NO SHOW HAS THROWN IN AS
M O R E O N E W. C O M
For Alfonso Cuarón’s
essay on 2001, go to
ew.com/2001cuaron
I N T H E S E V E N T H S E A S O N O F M A D M E N , D O N D R A P E R & C O . PA I D
tribute to 2001 in the episode “The Monolith.” The IBM computer
being installed in the office is called a “cosmic disturbance,” and the
technician notes, “These machines can be a metaphor for whatever’s
on people’s minds.” It’s a thematic nod to Kubrick’s exploration of technology’s
relationship to humans. “2001 is designed for people to project their own interpretation of what’s happening to Dave,” says episode director Scott Hornbacher,
referring to 2001’s lead character. IBM dominated computer sales in 1969—when
the episode was set—but it’s also the same brand that likely inspired Kubrick as
he made his film. Visual cues, including a scene where Don enters the office faced
with a set of black elevator doors that resemble the titular monolith, point to
Kubrick’s film. “It sort of evokes Dave alone on the spaceship,” Hornbacher continues. “Some of this stuff is emotional or intuitive, not necessarily intellectual or
visual. The approach on the show in general was not to hit the audience over the
head with references, and more about tipping your hat to it.” —MLL
much subtle and not-so-subtle
homage to 2001 as The Simpsons
has in its nearly 30-year history.
Homer discovers how to goof of
as an ape in front of a black monolith in “Lisa’s Pony”; during “Deep
Space Homer,” after Itchy expels
Scratchy into space, he chases
after his nemesis in the EVA space
pod; and in “Lisa’s Wedding,” Lisa
makes a call on a videophone modeled after 2001’s contraption.
Also, in November 2001’s “Treehouse of Horror XII,” Marge buys
the advanced home-helping robot
Ultrahouse 3000, which closely
resembles HAL and comes armed
with red camera lenses and the
silky, calming voice of Pierce Brosnan. “The whole thing was a satire,
where you have a HAL-like character in the house and he has a crush
on Marge so he wanted to kill
Homer,” showrunner Al Jean says.
And don’t expect the 2001 references to stop anytime soon; there’s
a scene from the Kubrick classic
that Jean has recently taken a
shine to. “In [the movie], you see
two ape tribes warring with each
other and then you cut to Russians
and Americans talking in the
spaceship and they’re obviously
supposed to parallel the apes....
That’s my new favorite scene, the
Russians and the Americans acting
really snooty to each other.” —PSR
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become one of Hollywood’s
most blockbusting (and block-hurling) movie stars. With his
latest film, Rampage, out April 13, we’ve fastly, furiously ranked
12 of his biggest action movies of the past decade, highlighting what makes them Rock the hardest. B Y C H R I S N A S H A W A T Y
1
FAST FIVE (2011)
2
FURIOUS 7 (2015)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
MOST ROCK MOMENT
The insane showdown between Johnson
and Vin Diesel, during which they
throw each other through windows and
walls like they’re auditioning for an
HGTV show called Demo Crew.
It’s a toss-up between breaking
a cast off his arm simply by flexing
his muscles and driving an
ambulance off an overpass to
crush a drone.
A late addition to the turbocharged posse, Johnson’s
chrome-domed Luke Hobbs
evolves from bad guy to broham
in the franchise’s best chapter.
For pure dumb, giddy spectacle,
this is the Fast and the Furious
installment to see; it’s the one
where a car jumps from one Abu
Dhabi skyscraper to another.
10
5
4
3
PAIN & GAIN (2013)
FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
MOST ROCK MOMENT
Have to go with the scene where
his toe is shot off by the cops and he
brings it to Mark Wahlberg
to stick back on.
Hobbs hurls a suspect through
the ceiling of an interrogation room,
which seems like a Mirandarights violation.
Michael Bay’s dafy true-crime
kidnap caper is about a trio of
dim Florida gym rats who make
a series of terrible decisions.
Hobbs is back, pardoning the
gang (including the decidedly
not dead Letty) in exchange for
help busting Luke Evans’ Shaw.
FAST & FURIOUS 6: GILES KE Y TE/UNIVERSAL; R AMPAGE: WARNER BROS.; SAN ANDRE AS: JASIN BOL AND/
WARNER BROS.; BAY WATCH: FR ANK MASI/PAR AMOUNT
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REEL
NEWS
Wakanda Ahoy! At $665M, Black Panther overtook Titanic as
the No. 3 domestic box ofice grosser (unadjusted earnings).
Bee Girl Bumblebee screenwriter Christina Hodson has
been tapped to write the new Batgirl script for Warner
Bros./DC after Joss Whedon exited the project in February.
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10
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS
(2017)
BAYWATCH (2017)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
Obviously, diving into a ring of fire to
save a life. But also calling Zac Efron
“Malibu Ken”and “Bieber.”
MOST ROCK MOMENT
From his neighboring prison cell, Hobbs
barks at his love-hate nemesis Deckard
Shaw (Jason Statham), “I will beat
your ass like a Cherokee drum!”
2
Dom (Diesel) has gone rogue.
Techno-villain Cipher (Charlize
Theron) sports some really bad
Burning Man dreadlocks. Johnson’s Hobbs warns, “We’ve only
got one chance to make this
family whole again.” Apart from
the preposterous submarine torpedo fever-dream climax, this is
not the best outing of the series.
8
Even Johnson’s Teflon-coated
charisma couldn’t save this meta
jiggle-TV reboot. So inept and
ham-fisted, they couldn’t even
make a Hasselhof cameo funny.
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RAMPAGE (2018)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
After elbowing a military policeman in
the face, Johnson puts a second MP in a
choke hold and calmly tells him, “That’s
a big arm. Don’t fight it.”
8
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION (2013)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
His character’s name is—no joke—
Roadblock. And he chases a goon down
on a hovercraft. A hovercraft!
Cobra kidnaps the president
(Jonathan Pryce) and replaces
him with an identical—and sinister—double (Jonathan Pryce)
who wants to terminate the Joes.
Not so fast, say Johnson’s pecs!
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9
CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE (2016)
5
SAN ANDREAS (2015)
6
JUMANJI: WELCOME
TO THE JUNGLE (2017)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
There’s a slice-and-dice knife fight with
a nameless henchman, and Johnson
manages to win using only a banana.
As a special-forces soldierturned-primatologist (sure, why
not?), the Rock goes Dr. Dolittle,
teaming up with a giant albino
gorilla to stop a genetically
mutated wolf and crocodile
from destroying Chicago.
12
HERCULES (2014)
MOST ROCK MOMENT
Clearly, it’s when he leaps onto the back
of a giant warthog with nothing but a
loincloth and a tree-trunk-size club.
Well, it was better than the
Kellan Lutz Hercules movie that
came out the same year.
MOST ROCK MOMENT
The dude races a motorboat
up the vertical face of a
tidal wave during a San
Francisco-demolishing tsunami.
His character’s name is Dr. Smolder
Bravestone—arguably the best moniker
of Johnson’s career (see G.I. Joe).
Disposable (but not unenjoyable)
disaster porn about a he-man
out to save the world and his
daughter, in no particular order.
Four teens get sucked into a
videogame, and one of them (the
wimp, ha!) becomes the Rock.
Sorry, Kevin Hart steals this one.
MOST ROCK MOMENT
Someday our children’s children
will look back on this hit action
comedy as the moment when
the endless run of Mutt-and-Jef/
Johnson-and-Hart movies was
born. Needless to say, they will
not think of us as the Greatest
Generation.
PAIN & GAIN: JAIMIE TRUEBLOOD/PAR AMOUNT; JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: FR ANK MASI/SONY; FURIOUS 7: SCOT T GARFIELD/UNIVERSAL; G.I. JOE:
RETALIATION: PAR AMOUNT; HERCULES: KERRY BROWN/PAR AMOUNT; CENTR AL INTELLIGENCE: CL AIRE FOLGER /UNIVERSAL
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AIDY BRYANT’S SITTING PRETTY
The new Amy Schumer-starring comedy I Feel Pretty (April 20) has plenty of slapstick, dating foibles,
and rom-com satire, but at the core of the movie there’s messaging about friendship and self-worth. Saturday Night Live‘s
Aidy Bryant, who costars, breaks down the film’s lesson of confidence and comedy. B Y D E V A N C O G G A N
AIDY BRYANT MAY BE BEST KNOWN FOR
over-the-top musical parodies or biting
political caricatures on Saturday Night Live,
but the comedian’s latest project is far
more down-to-earth—and personal. Bryant
has a key role in the rom-com I Feel Pretty,
which stars Amy Schumer as an insecure
woman who hits her head and wakes up
thinking she’s the most gorgeous girl in the
world; Bryant and Busy Philipps play her
best friends, who try to keep her head (at all
other times) in check. “I find that when I’m
with my friends, I’m never thinking like,
‘Ooh, my thigh is wide’ or like, ‘My stomach
is big’ or whatever,” Bryant says with a
laugh. “I’m always just thinking: ‘My friends
are beautiful! They’re so funny, they’re so
smart, they’re making me laugh.’ ”
Some audiences are curious whether I
Feel Pretty perpetuates negative stereotypes
about body type and beauty, but Bryant
says the film’s message isn’t about specific
( From left )
Aidy Bryant; Bryant, Busy Philipps,
and Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty
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standards—it’s about self-confidence. “The
movie really tells the story that the battle is
in the brain, and it’s not at the gym or in the
mirror,” she says. “It’s in your mind, and I
hope that’s what people take away from it.”
Ever since joining SNL in 2012 at age 25,
Bryant has found herself a sort of accidental activist for body positivity, just by
working in the public eye. “It is a weird
thing to grapple with when I just want to
make people laugh,” Bryant, now 30,
admits. “But I realize now that’s a luxury,
and there’s so much work to be done.”
She says she’s often sent scripts where
“the entire plotline is that no man would
ever fall in love with me unless a magic
spell was cast on him,” so she only picks
projects that take advantage of her comedic
voice (like The Big Sick and Girls) and don’t
use her body as a punchline. “It would be
weird for me to be in this position and
never acknowledge that I look different
from, like, 90 percent of my costars,” she
adds. “That’s my greatest strength. It gives
me a point of view, and I couldn’t do it
without it.”
leading to a hilarious bit
where the Parks and Recreation
alum uses a prosthetic penis
as a punching bag. Seriously.
“We couldn’t stop Rob
[from punching it],” Paul Soter
(Trooper Foster) says with
a laugh. “At one point, he
pitched us that there should
just be a teaser trailer of
him doing the speed bag
on the prosthetic with
no other context.”
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MOST LIKELY TO EMBARRASS
HIMSELF IN PUBLIC
Broken Lizard’s Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Jay Chandrasekhar, Paul Soter, and Erik Stolhanske
Super Troopers
Superlatives
On April 20, the Broken Lizard comedy quintet return with Super Troopers 2, 16 years
after their flagship quotable cult hit. In the new film, the titular Troopers are reinstated to
handle a border dispute with Canada. Below, the men cop to embarrassing scenarios
and open up aboot—er, about—themselves. B Y N A T A L I E A B R A M S
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JON PACK /FOX SE ARCHLIGHT
MOST LIKELY TO TALK
HIS WAY OUT OF A TICKET
Steve Lemme (Trooper Mac) is
lucky his Troopers fame spared
him from ending up on the
wrong side of the law when
police caught him going 120
mph a few years ago. “The cop
came to the window super
pissed,” Lemme says. But then
apparently the policeman recognized him. “ ‘Super Troopers?! Oh man, you guys are
hilarious. We play Meow and
the Repeater.’ I said, ‘What
about Bulletproof Jockstrap?’
and he’s like, ‘We’re not
that f---ing crazy.’ Then he let
me out of the ticket.” Jay
Chandrasekhar (Trooper
Thorny) comes in a close
second after getting caught
smoking marijuana on Sunset
Boulevard in Los Angeles. “The
cop walked up, knocked on the
window, shined the light into
the car, and there’s still smoke
wafting,” Chandrasekhar says.
“He points the flashlight at
me and goes, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, sir,
you have a good evening.’ ”
room floor, they strategically
smear shaving cream on him
à la Varsity Blues; a wayward
bear stumbles into their new
Canada-set police station and
thinks the shaving cream
is ice cream; and the animal
becomes dismayed and starts
whacking at Rabbit with its
bear claws. Alas, the joke was
axed, as Chandrasekhar,
who directed 2, quite literally
didn’t want to poke the bear.
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BEST JOKE THAT GOT CUT
3
BEST USE OF A PROSTHETIC
The fact that Rabbit (Erik Stolhanske) is far from a rookie
in this sequel doesn’t keep the
Troopers from hazing him. In
one scene left on the cutting-
Rob Lowe stars in the film as
hockey player-turned-mayor
Guy Le Franc, who also owns
a brothel. Nudity abounds,
Kevin Hefernan is most similar
in real life to his character,
Trooper Farva: obnoxious and
full of shenanigans, sometimes
to his own detriment. It’s at
least something he was willing
to admit—in part because
there are witnesses. Soter says
he once saw Hefernan pick
up a newspaper box in New
York City and “hurl it into the
middle of Lexington Avenue.
He turned into the Hulk.”
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WORST EXCUSE GIVEN
FOR WHY THEY’VE NEVER
FILMED POTFEST
Broken Lizard’s 2006 film,
Beerfest, concludes with a tag
that tees up a marijuanacentric sequel that’s never
come to fruition—for dubious
reasons. “We only get 30
pages in, and then we’re too
high to remember to finish,”
Chandrasekhar says of the
script. “If enough people go to
Super Troopers 2, then we’re
hoping Warner Bros. will call
us up and say, ‘Let’s make Potfest.’” The guys already have
a movie title in mind, Lemme
says: Potfest: Beerfest Part II,
a play on Rambo: First Blood
Part II. And the title of the
potential Super Troopers threequel? “Super Troopers 3:
Winter Soldiers, Dead of Winter,
Mustache Icicles,” Chandrasekhar quips. “The tagline:
Boy, it’s cold out here. Hope
you brought your gloves!”
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Tribeca Takes Off
NYC’s Tribeca Film Festival (April 18–29) boasts
big stars and high-profile premieres. Here are a few
of this year’s can’t-miss titles. B Y J O E Y N O L F I
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A LINCOLN RHYME NOVEL
“DEAVER IS A GENIUS.”
—Associated Press
DANGEROUSLY GOOD. DISTINCTIVELY DEAVER.
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3
WILD GENRE
FARE TAKES
CHARGE
FRESH POV S
TURN ARTISTS
INTO ART
In fitting form for
the cosmopolitan
fest, nonfiction
titles on hotbutton social
issues from race to
politics jump of
the slate. That
includes JAY-Z’s
Trayvon Martin
series, Rest in
Power, and HBO’s
Say Her Name:
The Life and Death
of Sandra Bland.
Plus, Netflix will
premiere a buzzy
take on Rachel
Dolezal’s controversial life in The
Rachel Divide. Also
bowing is The
Fourth Estate, an
episodic look at
The New York
Times’ coverage of
Trump’s first term
from Oscar nominee Liz Garbus.
Zombies shufle
into the showcase
with Martin Freeman’s Cargo and
the French doomsday thriller The
Night Eats the
World, while the
undead drama
The Dark is about
a teen girl cursed
to haunt her rustic
childhood home.
The Alia Shawkatstarring lesbian
love story Duck
Butter should
please indiecomedy fans, and
sci-fi lovers can
bask in Drake
Doremus’ Ridley
Scott-produced
futuristic romance,
Zoe, starring Léa
Seydoux, Ewan
McGregor, Christina Aguilera, and
Rashida Jones.
Icons take center
stage in scripted
biopics like Eliza
Dushku’s narrative
producing debut,
Mapplethorpe,
about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and
feature docs like
McQueen, which
chronicles fashion
designer Alexander McQueen.
But struggling artists get their big
break in the narrative flicks All About
Nina (Mary Elizabeth Winstead, as
a reckless comic)
and Blue Night,
a French New
Wave-inspired tale
with Sarah Jessica
Parker as a singer
adrift in New
York after a dour
diagnosis.
J E F F E R Y D E AV E R . C O M
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A–
BLOCKERS Directed by Kay Cannon
W
Starring Leslie Mann, John Cena, Kathryn Newton
A–
BORG VS M C ENROE Directed by Janus Metz
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Starring Shia LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason
A–
LEAN ON PETE
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WATCH IT NOW
Directed by Andrew Haigh
Starring Charlie Plummer,
Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi
If Pete is a horse movie,
it’s a Trojan one: a rawboned, melancholic mood
piece about boyhood
and the American West.
B+
BEIRUT Directed by Brad Anderson
W
Starring Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike
B+
CHAPPAQUIDDICK Directed by John Curran
W
Starring Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms
B+
A QUIET PLACE Directed by John Krasinski
W
Starring John Krasinski, Emily Blunt
B
6 BALLOONS Directed by Marja-Lewis Ryan
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Starring Abbi Jacobson, Dave Franco
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THE ENDLESS
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Directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Starring Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
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TRUTH OR DARE
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Directed by Jeff Wadlow
Starring Lucy Hale, Tyler Posey
College students become
unwittingly ensnared in
a supernatural—and fatal—
version of the titular game
in this effective if, in truth,
undaring horror film.
B
WHERE IS KYRA? Directed by Andrew Dosunmu
L
Starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Kiefer Sutherland
B–
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
L
Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Starring Joaquin Phoenix
C+
KRYSTAL Directed by William H. Macy
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Starring Nick Robinson, Rosario Dawson, Jacob Latimore
C–
TYLER PERRY’S ACRIMONY
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Directed by Tyler Perry
Starring Taraji P. Henson, Lyriq Bent
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Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden
Westworld
D AT E
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April 22
9 p.m.
HBO
Kristen Baldwin
@KristenGBaldwin
IN WESTWORLD’S SECOND-SEASON PREMIERE, THE MAN IN BLACK
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JOHN P. JOHNSON/HBO
(Ed Harris) fixes his flinty glare on a host. Having
survived the robot-led slaughter of season 1, he has
questions. “Even now, you all still talk in code?” he
growls. “Everything is code here, William,” the host
replies calmly. “You know that more than anyone.”
As if we could ever forget. Westworld is an epic robot
Western wrapped in multiple timelines and stuffed
inside concentric Easter eggs—and its pleasures remain
as extensive (and baffling) in season 2, which expands
the world with new parks, new faces, new mysteries, and
new details about characters that raise new questions.
The supersize season opener picks up about two
weeks after Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) killed her
maker, Dr. Ford (Anthony Hopkins), sparking the hosts’ bloody revolution against
their captors. Bernard (Jeffrey Wright)—
who recently learned he’s a host—washes
up on a beach and is “rescued” by the
soldiers from Delos, the park’s parent company, who are coordinating a counterattack
on their uncooperative merchandise. The
execs want Bernard to explain what happened at the massacre—but his memory is
glitchy, and what he can recall (smash-cut
to him mowing down someone with a
machine gun) isn’t safe to divulge. After
kidnapping the park’s head writer, Lee
Sizemore (Simon Quarterman), Maeve
(Thandie Newton) treks across Westworld
in search of her daughter. Dolores also traverses the park, finding enterprising new
ways to murder humans and galloping
toward her manifest destiny: world
LOGLINES
Right on Target Colton Haynes will return as a series
regular for season 7 of The CW’s Arrow.
TIGER: TIM GR AHAM/GET T Y IMAGES; FL AME THROWER: MAN: JONATHAN DOWNE Y/GET T Y IMAGES; FILLION: JB L ACROIX/WIREIMAGE; A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS: EIKE SCHROTER /NETFLIX
Star Bound Hell on Wheels’ Anson Mount has been
cast on Star Trek: Discovery as Captain Pike, a character
first introduced on the original Star Trek series.
domination. As for the Man in Black, he’s
on a world-destroying mission, but first he
has to find something called “the Door.”
Though the characters’ paths are different, they’re all on quests to master the
reality of their choosing. Woven through
these narratives—which take place in
timelines I managed to identify as “past,”
“present,” and “???”—are subplots that
deepen our understanding of this world. A
flashback with Dolores and Arnold (also
played by Wright) explains how Delos came
to invest in Ford’s technology, and also
holds a clue as to where the park was built.
(Parks, that is. Episode 3 takes us inside a
new attraction—not Shogun World—where
a mysterious guest is almost eaten by a
tiger.) Bernard, meanwhile, is beset by
memories that reveal a secret project
involving user data that might be Delos’ true
endgame. (And no, it’s not Facebook.)
How does all this tie together? That’s for
the writers to know, and Reddit to try to
find out. But Westworld is enthralling even
for those who prefer a passive viewing
experience. The sweeping shots of big-sky
grandeur! The endlessly creative violence!
(Three words: Human railroad crossties.)
And the performances—Wood slips
seamlessly between characters (Dolores,
Rancher’s Daughter, Wyatt), the construction of her porcelain face morphing to
match the rage, awe, and love roiling
beneath. Newton brings a menacing composure and wry humor to Maeve, who
briefly crosses paths with Dolores in episode 2 (a preview, one hopes, of an eventual
partnership).
“What is real?” Dolores asks Bernard
early on. He responds, “That which is irreplaceable.” If he’s right, then Westworld is
about as real as it gets. A–
THIS
SEASON
CONTAINS
The world of
the West
gets wild (and
expands) in
its sophomore
outing
STREAM KING
NATHAN FILLION
The former Castle star, 47, is currently featured
in the second seasons of two Netflix hits: A Series
of Unfortunate Events and The Santa Clarita Diet.
BY DA N A S C H WA R T Z
A BENGAL
TIGER
A dead feline
could be a sign
that Westworld’s
host rebellion
has crossed
the border into
another park.
A FLAMETHROWER
Robots don’t
need guns
when they
have one of
these bad boys
in their hands.
FULL-FRONTAL
(HUMAN) MALE
NUDITY
Season 1 had its
fair share of
naked robots,
but the tables
have turned in
the wake of the
revolution.
You’ve joined Unfortunate
Events as Lemony
Snicket’s brother, Jacques.
What’s Jacques like?
He’s like the flying ace
of spies, he’s pretty
grand—and he’s doing
the right thing for the
right reasons. He has
Captain America values.
And he has a great
mustache.
Oh my God. I can’t grow
a full mustache—it looks
like I’m in high school—so
we went through a couple
of fake mustaches. With
the first version, I looked
like an undercover vice
cop in the ’70s.
noticed—how to be in the
same elevator as you and
not have you realize you’re
being followed.
Is it strange acting from
just the neck up as a
disembodied head on
Santa Clarita?
It’s pretty easy. You just sit
in a chair with your head
in a little device and make
sure you don’t move too
much. You can wiggle your
eyebrows a little bit, but
you can’t inflect with your
head in any way—turns out
I do that a lot!
Do you think you’d make
a good spy in real life?
I actually have a cousin
who works for the FBI.
He has all of these little
tricks as to how to not be
Fillion as Jacques Snicket on
A Series of Unfortunate Events
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TV
DEAD MAN
WALKING
The Walking Dead’s Lennie James—
and his lethal wooden staf—
transitions to Fear the Walking
Dead as the spin-of series
transforms in its fourth season.
B Y D A LT O N R O S S
W E L L , T H I S L O O K S FA M I L I A R . L E N N I E
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( From top ) Lennie
James; with Garret
Dillahunt on Fear
the Walking Dead
“We’re here again, but not here again. This
is weird,” I remark to James. He replies:
“You have no idea.”
The arrival of Morgan is not the only
big change coming to Fear when season 4
premieres on April 15 at 10 p.m. (right
after the season 8 finale of TWD). Garret
Dillahunt, Maggie Grace, and Jenna Elfman
have also joined the cast; showrunner Dave
Erickson has been replaced by Andrew
Chambliss and Ian Goldberg of Once Upon
a Time (with outgoing TWD showrunner
Scott M. Gimple in an oversight role);
and the onscreen setting, as well as the
production location, has moved from
California and Mexico to Texas. But it’s the
arrival of James—finally connecting the
JAMES: FILIP VAN ROE/EYEVINE/REDUX; FE AR THE WALKING DE AD: AMC
James, with trusty stick in hand, has been
practicing a 20-move combo all morning in
preparation to shoot a rooftop battle scene
in which his character, Morgan, faces off
against a pole-wielding baddie. It’s a fight
that requires equal parts precision and
power, and it’s finally time to start rolling.
The combatants lock weapons, trading
blows in a ferocious exchange that at one
point accidentally bends Morgan’s rubber
prop stick perpendicular. (“See, that’s how
badass Morgan is!” laughs one onlooker.)
When the action has finally wrapped,
James, 52, receives an ovation while he
doubles over, winded from all the activity.
It’s a scene he’s been through countless
times before on The Walking Dead, but in
this instance, everything is different. James
is working in a new place with a new cast
and a new crew on a new show after crossing over from AMC’s The Walking Dead to
its companion series Fear the Walking Dead.
Seeing James do his thing in Austin after
watching him play Morgan in the comfort
and familiarity of Senoia, Ga., for so long is
a bit disorienting, even for a reporter who
has covered TWD since its inception.
“This was
Lennie’s first
day on set.
He only had
four days in
between TWD
and Fear,” says
Ian Goldberg
(far right,
with James
and Andrew
Chambliss).“We
have Morgan
going places
emotionally
that he didn’t
on TWD.”
BEHIND THE
SCENES
INSIDE
THE FEAR
Showrunners Andrew Chambliss
and Ian Goldberg share exclusive
snapshots from the set in Texas
SET PHOTOS: AMC
two shows, in terms of characters—that
has garnered the most attention.
Continuing to play Morgan on a different
show is a move that James describes as
“surreal.” But the actor is excited to see his
character evolve in his new surroundings.
“I think you’re going to see a Morgan who is
going to be challenged to try to build a
world based on his principle, which is that
all life is precious,” says James, who also
notes that the drama will come from how
Morgan “chooses to be influenced by and
influence other people.”
Those people will come first in the form
of a gentle—yet deadly—trick shooter
named John (Dillahunt) and the armoredvehicle-driving Althea (Grace), and then
branch out to the returning extended Clark
family (led by Kim Dickens’ Madison). The
Clarks start the season holed up in an abandoned baseball stadium, where they must
deal with a brand-new enemy who thrives on
the misery of others. This will all happen in
a format that will, as the new showrunners
have put it, “experiment with time.”
James is the most seasoned Walking Dead
franchise player on Fear, having appeared in
the very first episode of the mothership
show, but the actor admits he still felt like
the new kid in class during his first week on
set. Does that mean he was subject to any
initiation-like rookie hazing? “Yeah, they
gave me a couple of wedgies and trashed
my trailer,” he says with a laugh.
Battling both zombies and wedgies.
Welcome to Fear indeed.
“We were
excited to
take advantage of our
new location
and put the
characters
in situations
that were
very specific
to Texas,”
Goldberg says
of coating
actress Jenna
Elfman (left,
with stunt
coordinator
James Armstrong) in oil.
“Her weapon
is a bit of
a surprise,”
Chambliss
says of what
Maggie Grace
(with stunt
coordinator
Jack Tamplin)
is holding.
“I think people
will be excited
to see it in
action.”
“During location
scouting, a
SWAT team in
Round Rock
[Texas] let us
ride in their van,
and they had a
hula girl on the
dashboard; we
nod to that in
ours,” Chambliss says of the
vehicle Althea
(Grace) drives.
TV
G
RIN
SP ING
F L IAL
SPE
C
SHOW WINTER
THE DOOR
Spring cleaning is great, but
these fresh tips from Trading
Spaces’ Sabrina Soto will really
spruce up your home for a
seasonal shindig. B Y R U T H K I N A N E
BE A PETAL PUSHER
To add kick to your table, “line a
dark lacquered tray with temporary
wallpaper in a floral pattern,” suggests Soto. “It’s like a big sticker.”
Not Your Garden-Variety Pasta
Pies don’t have to be sweet: Veggies, pasta, and cheese spring
into action in this seasonal and scrumptious recipe for Spaghetti
Primavera Pie from Today show chef Siri Daly. B Y R U T H K I N A N E
INGREDIENTS
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2 Meanwhile, cook
the pasta according
to the package
directions for al
dente; drain.
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3 Whisk together
the half-and-half,
eggs, and remaining
1 tsp. salt and ¼ tsp.
black pepper in a
large bowl. Add the
cooked pasta
and ½ cup each of
Parmesan and mozzarella, tossing to coat.
Add vegetables and
toss gently. Transfer
to a lightly greased
9½-inch deep-dish pie
pan. Sprinkle with the
remaining ½ cup each
of Parmesan and
mozzarella. Bake until
set and cheese has
browned, about 30
minutes. Remove
from oven and let
stand 5 to 10 minutes
before serving.
Garnish with parsley.
SERVES 6
Active Time 15 mins.
Total Time 1 hr., 10 mins.
GIVE VASES THE BOOT
Will the sun to come out and play by
repurposing your rain boots. “Put a
vase of flowers inside the boot,”
Soto says. “Sunflowers look best.”
“This Spaghetti Primavera Pie offers a fun twist
on a traditional baked
pasta dish,” says Daly.
“With all the added
fresh ingredients, it’s the
perfect recipe for spring!
You can swap these
vegetables with any of
your seasonal favorites.”
Recipe from Siriously
Delicious, on sale April 17
ASSEMBLE EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS
“Cabbage, kale, and carrots make
a colorful centerpiece,” says Soto
of the double-duty decoration.
“I do a big trough of crudités!”
I L L U ST R AT I O N BY B R OW N B I R D D E S I G N
PRIMAVER A PIE: JENNIFER CAUSE Y; DALY: ELLEN SILVERMAN; SOTO: TLC
1 ½ cups sliced zucchini
1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes
1 cup chopped yellow
bell pepper
1 cup sliced red onion
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 ½ tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. black pepper
12 oz. uncooked
spaghetti
1 cup half-and-half
3 large eggs, lightly
beaten
1 cup grated Parmesan
1 cup shredded
mozzarella
Chopped fresh parsley
1 Preheat the oven to
400°F. Place the zucchini, tomatoes, bell
pepper, and red onion
on a rimmed baking
sheet. Drizzle with
oil, and sprinkle with
½ tsp. of the salt
and ¼ tsp. of the black
pepper; toss to coat
evenly. Bake until
vegetables are tender
and lightly browned,
stirring once, about
20 minutes.
© 2018 Tyson Foods, Inc.
MONDAY APRIL 16
What to
Watch
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*
By
|
SHIRLEY LI @SHIRKLESXP
Special
I Am Evidence
8–9:30PM
|
HBO
How a story is told can be just as powerful
as the story itself—even one as powerful
as this documentary spotlighting the
thousands of ignored rape kits sitting in
evidence lockers across the country.
The ripple efects of a flawed criminal
justice system are often complex, and
the film, produced by Law & Order: SVU’s
Mariska Hargitay, would have benefited
from a tighter structure. Still, I Am Evidence
unearths raw emotion, delivers searing
portraits, and most of all, maintains its mission to remember that behind every police
file is a person in pain. B+ —Nick Romano
Camila
Mendes
TUESDAY APRIL 17
Musical Episode
Riverdale
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
|
8–9PM
|
THE CW
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Roseanne
8–8:30PM
|
ABC
Johnny Galecki gets a break from the
physicist jargon of The Big Bang Theory
when he returns to the Conner home to
celebrate the birthday of his and Darlene’s
(Sara Gilbert) daughter, Harris (Emma Kenney). “It was very surreal,” the actor says of
stepping back into David’s shoes on the
ABC revival. “[It was] odd to learn that 21
years later, a character still resides deep in
the inner folds of your psyche and resurfaces easily. And it was a blast—and very
emotional.” But in an episode titled “Darlene
v. David,” don’t expect everything to be sunshine and Roseannes roses. —Gerrad Hall
*TIMES ARE E ASTERN DAYLIGHT AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
RIVERDALE: K ATIE YU/ THE CW; I AM EVIDENCE: HBO; ROSE ANNE: ADAM ROSE/ABC
Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his guitar have nothing on Carrie
the Musical. (No offense, Arch.) The teen drama is stepping
up its game with a musical hour by putting its own twist
on Carrie. “Carrie and Riverdale have a lot of similarities,”
creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa explains. “They’re finding high
school characters under extreme circumstances.” Circumstances like drama, danger, and, of course, blood. At the center
of it all is the star of the show: Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine
Petsch), who Aguirre-Sacasa says will have “great moments”
in the musical, including a duet with Josie (Ashleigh Murray).
Also getting a chance to duet? Betty (Lili Reinhart)and
Veronica (Camila Mendes), who will mend their friendship
through song, and Archie and Betty, who will share an onstage
moment. But this is Carrie—and Riverdale—so the show won’t
go off without a hitch. “There’s some shocking things in [the
episode], that’s for sure,” Aguirre-Sacasa teases. Anything else
would be a sin. —Samantha Highfill
WEDNESDAY APRIL 18
Season Premiere
Season Finale
The Originals
The Looming Tower
|
9–10PM
THE CW
STREAMING
A seven-year time jump will kick of the final season of the supernatural drama, which sees the Mikaelson family explore what
life is like without the vow of “always and forever.” “The siblings
have all gone on very diferent paths,” creator Julie Plec explains.
“They’re independently finding their ways to be happy.” But, of
course, the clan can’t stay apart forever, especially when a new
evil wants to take control of their home. “There are forces in play
that would like to see New Orleans be a completely diferent
place without the influence of the Originals,” Plec says. So with
a teenage Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) joining the fun and with
Mardi Gras as the colorful backdrop, the stage is set for the
Mikaelsons’ ultimate battle. —Samantha Highfill
U.S. Series Debut
The Wine Show
10–11PM
|
|
HULU
The drama, which covers the events
leading up to and around the 9/11 attacks,
wraps up with a finale that, according to
author and executive producer Lawrence
Wright, is “really about understanding the
enemy.” In fact, much of the episode will
focus on Ali Soufan (Tahar Rahim), the
Muslim Lebanese-American FBI agent who
got Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard to reveal
the names of the hijackers. “It’s important
that people notice the artistry of his interrogation,” Wright says. “He didn’t torture
anybody. He simply used their own beliefs
to turn them around.” —Patrick Gomez
OVATION
Fellow actors and
IRL friends Matthews
Rhys and Goode
journey across 11
countries in search
of exceptional wine.
Much like a glass
of merlot and a
cut of filet mignon,
these two make the
perfect pair. Cheers!
THE ORIGINALS: BOB MAHONE Y/ THE CW; THE LOOMING TOWER: SIFE EL AMINE/HULU; JAY LENO’S MOVIE CARS: WALKER DALTON/CNBC
THURSDAY APRIL 19
Superstore
8–8:30PM
|
NBC
Dina stresses
over having to
deliver a baby just
as Cloud 9 hosts a
massive genderreveal party for
Glenn and his wife,
Jerusha. You know
what that means:
Cleanup in all the
aisles, please!
Siren
8–9PM
|
FREEFORM
Ben starts looking
into the suspicious
(dare we say,
“fishy”?) overfishing
going on in Bristol
Cove. But—and
I’ll admit this is a
total shot in the
dark—maybe the
bloodthirsty
mermaid you found
a little while ago
has something to
do with it?
FRI APRIL 20
Series Premiere
Season Premiere
Season Premiere
Ex on the Beach
Jay Leno’s Garage
Dope
9–10PM
|
MTV
This reality series
gathers alums from
The Bachelorette,
Bachelor in Paradise, The Challenge,
Big Brother, Vanderpump Rules, Are You
the One?, and Bad
Girls Club to hook
up and break up in
Hawaii. In other
news, Hawaii is no
longer on my list
of dream vacation
destinations.
Series Finale
Scandal
10–11PM
|
ABC
After seven seasons,
123 episodes, and
roughly a million
glasses of wine,
Olivia Pope’s story
comes to an end.
At least there’s time
for one last toast.
I L L U ST R AT I O N BY M A R T I N L A KS M A N
10–11PM
|
CNBC
Former late-night staple Jay Leno has always been an
auto aficionado, but he’s never driven a car quite as
iconic as the 1968 Ford Mustang GT featured in Bullitt.
Lucky for Leno, he gets behind its wheel in the “Movie
Cars”-titled season premiere of his docuseries. “It
had sort of been hidden away for 40 years,” says the
comedian. “It was just fascinating to sit where Steve
McQueen did. When you’re a kid and watching the
movie, you never think you’re going to drive that car.”
Other highlights include a Jamie Foxx appearance,
which hopefully works out better for him than—spoiler
alert!—his Baby Driver character. —Derek Lawrence
STREAMING
|
NETFLIX
The potent docuseries’ second
season follows
meth addicts, street
gangs, and drug
smugglers—a.k.a.
the perfect binge for
those who thought
Breaking Bad was
too unrealistic.
Live From
Lincoln Center
9–10PM
|
PBS
Tony winner and
Younger star Sutton
Foster hits the stage
with Tony nominee
and Mindhunter star
Jonathan Grof as
her special guest.
In other words, it
looks like—ahem—
anything goes in
this spring awakening of a concert.
(Oh, quit groaning!)
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What to Watch
FRIDAY APRIL 20 (cont.)
SATURDAY APRIL 21
Season Finale
Jane the Virgin
9–10PM
|
THE CW
Alba’s big day is
here! Jane suspects
Rafael of keeping
a secret! River gets
too close to Rogelio!
Boy, I miss the days
when all Jane had
to worry about
was having a baby
and running out
of grilled cheese.
|
The One Direction alum’s debut solo special combines
live concert performances—made up of knockout
renditions of his singles as well as soulful covers of
classic rock hits—with interview segments and abouttown pieces in Manchester, England, including an
adorably ego-deflating trip to play nursing home bingo.
Styles can come of pitchy or stif live, but here he
ofers both sterling vocals and the charisma that made
him a star. While his music leans heavily on a throwback
sound, his appeal—on ample display here—is, well, a
sign of the times. B+ —Maureen Lee Lenker
SAT (cont.)
|
AMC
When the third season of the bloody martial arts
drama begins, Sunny (Daniel Wu) has chosen to go of
the grid and finally live a quiet life with his infant son.
But being a “samurai single dad,” as EP Al Gough calls
him, won’t be easy. After all, he says, “How does the
deadliest fighter in the Badlands, who has a lot of
enemies, protect his defenseless son?” By teaming up
again, it turns out, with Bajie (Nick Frost), whose transmitted message has been received not by a potential
savior but by a religious zealot and warlord named
Pilgrim (Babou Ceesay). Here’s hoping Sunny found
time between changing diapers to sharpen his sword.
The Good Fight
STREAMING
CBS ALL ACCESS
Reddick, Boseman,
and Lockhart represent an undercover
cop left crippled
after being shot by
a fellow oficer. Alan
Alda guests as their
opposing counsel,
a legendary lawyer
named Solomon
Waltzer, which
sounds almost as
cool as “Hawkeye
Pierce.” Almost.
OWN
This week, the
trusted life coach/
relationship expert/
guru-of-everything
must work her
magic on a pair of
paid escorts
addicted to their
lifestyle and allergic
to safety. Or as
Iyanla likes to call
it, “Tuesday.”
Bob’s Burgers
7:30–8PM
|
FOX
To complete their
Outdoor Education,
Tina and the Belcher
kids head into the
woods but get
caught in the rain.
If they avoid witches
and magic beans,
they’ll be fine, right?
Guy’s Grocery
Games
8–9PM
|
FOOD NETWORK
“Over-the-top” chefs
follow Guy Fieri’s
rules to build outrageous dishes, and
the winner carts
away up to $20K.
Of course, no one
really wins. Who’s
more over-the-top
than Guy Fieri?
Brooklyn
Nine-Nine
8:30–9PM
|
FOX
Jason Mantzoukas
returns as former
Det. Pimento, who’s
now an insurance
agent (?!), while
Gina and Terry
teach Capt. Holt
how to use social
media. Hot tip:
AVOID IT AT ALL
COSTS. #lifehacks
#toomanybots
#followmeontwitter.
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HARRY ST YLES AT THE BBC: JAMES STACK /BBC; INTO THE BADL ANDS: AIDAN MONAGHAN/AMC; THE LETDOWN: NETFLIX
10–11PM
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NETFLIX
SUNDAY APRIL 22
Season Premiere
Into the Badlands
9–10PM
|
This Australian import, starring comedian
Alison Bell as new mom Audrey, tackles the
messiness of motherhood head-on. (Even
though, as the drug dealer in Audrey’s
neighborhood advises, when it comes to
breastfeeding, head-on actually isn’t the
correct way for a baby to latch.) The pilot—
in which Audrey is judged by her oddball
moms’ group and struggles to enjoy a night
out with old friends—flips from laugh-outloud hilarity to tenderness faster than, say,
a baby waking up right after you put her to
sleep. Good thing The Letdown will make
you anything but drowsy. A —Dana Schwartz
BBC AMERICA
Iyanla: Fix My Life
The Letdown
STREAMING
U.S. Debut
Harry Styles at the BBC
9–10PM
U.S. Series Debut
Music
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( From left )
Johnny Rotten,
Axl Rose,
Ozzy Osbourne,
Joan Jett
THE HATERS’
GUIDE TO THE
ROCK & ROLL
HALL OF FAME
Insults, long-standing feuds, calls for its
destruction. Just in time for this year’s
induction ceremony, we collect the
dirt and disses thrown at music’s most
venerable institution. B Y A L E X S U S K I N D
HATE (MAIL FROM JOHNNY ROTTEN)
Turns out a group of British punk rockers
were not happy about being honored by an
organization backed by corporate interests.
When the Sex Pistols’ induction was
announced in 2006, lead singer Johnny Rotten (né Lydon) sent along a hilariously blunt
(and grammatically incorrect) handwritten
decline: “Next to the SEX PISTOLS, rock and
roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your
museum. Urine in wine. Were [sic] not coming. Were [sic] not your monkey.” Later he
THE WEEKND’S MY DEAR MEL ANCHOLY, SONG RANKING
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“Call Out My Name”
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“I Was Never There”
I L L U ST R AT I O N BY WA R D S U T TO N
NOTEWORTHY
Jumping for Glee Former costars Darren Criss
and Lea Michele are going on tour together.
College Blessings Chance the Rapper will give
the commencement address at Dillard University.
THIS YEAR’S
CLASS
Arena-rock titans, an artist/
civil rights activist, British prog
icons. Here’s a quick primer on
the 2018 Hall inductees—
and what to expect during the
ceremony. B Y E W S T A F F
GILLES PETARD/REDFERNS/GET T Y IMAGE
BON JOVI
3
told Nikki Sixx, “I can’t accept any accolade
from them—unless they offer me a s---load
of money.” No matter: When Rolling Stone’s
Jann Wenner inducted the band, he read
Rotten’s entire letter from the podium.
respectfully decline my induction as a member of Guns N’ Roses.... I strongly request I
not be inducted in absentia and please know
that no one is authorized nor may anyone be
permitted to accept any induction for me.”
HATE (FROM THE GANGSTER OF LOVE)
HATE (WITH A KISS)
Unlike Rotten, rocker Steve Miller showed
up for his induction. But that didn’t stop
him from scorching the earth right after
accepting his prize. “This little get-together
you guys have here is like a private boys’
club, and it’s a bunch of jackasses and jerks
and f---ing gangsters and crooks who’ve
f---ing stolen everything from a f---ing artist,” he said in a hair-raising post-ceremony
interview, where he also complained about
the show’s “amateur production.” But
wait, why did he show up in the first place?
“I came out here for my fans,” he said.
In one of the longest-running feuds in Hall
history, KISS were snubbed for 15 years
until their induction in 2014. As guitarist
Paul Stanley noted in his acceptance speech,
“Here we are tonight, basically inducted
for the same things that we were kept out
for.” Later, he made a plug for the fans:
“They want to be a part of the induction.
They want to be a part of the nomination.
They don’t want to be spoon-fed by a handful
of people. Choices. The people pay for
tickets. The people buy albums. The people
who nominate do not.”
HATE (WITH A CHANGE OF HEART)
HATE (FOR THE SAUSAGE FEST)
Frontman Ozzy Osbourne dismissed
his band’s nomination into the Rock Hall in
1999, with a letter accusing the institution
of rank elitism. “Just take our name off the
list,” he wrote. “The nomination is meaningless, because it’s not voted on by the fans.
It’s voted on by the supposed elite for the
industry and the media, who’ve never bought
an album or concert ticket in their lives, so
their vote is irrelevant to me.... Black Sabbath has never been media darlings. We’re
a people’s band.” Despite the criticism, Ozzy
still showed up to the group’s official induction seven years later.
Like the rest of the industry, the Hall has a
horrific track record when it comes to representation of female musicians. Currently,
less than 7 percent of the organization’s 317
inductees are female solo artists (that number will increase slightly this year, with Nina
Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe). Joan
Jett, who was inducted in 2015, has said,
“There should be more women in the Hall of
Fame.” Meanwhile, Steve Miller weighed in
on the representation issue during his 2016
acceptance speech, telling the voting committee, “I encourage you to keep expanding
your vision, to be more inclusive of women.”
(AXL ROSE’S VERY POLITE) HATE
HATE (FROM THE CRITICS)
Before Guns N’ Roses (mostly) regrouped
in 2016, fans were clamoring for a reunion at
the 2012 Rock Hall ceremony. But days
before, singer Axl Rose dashed those hopes:
“I would not begrudge anyone from Guns
their accomplishments or recognition for
such,” he said in a statement. “That said,
I won’t be attending The Rock And Roll Hall
Of Fame Induction 2012 Ceremony and I
Music scribes have called the Rock Hall
everything from “wildly inconsistent” to
“outdated.” One of the most pointed disses,
though, came from Guardian writer Dave
Bry in 2016: “Let’s go to Cleveland, where
the museum itself is located, and burn the
place to the ground. The Rock & Roll Hall
of Fame and Museum is the worst arts institution in America.” Yikes!
“Try Me”
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“Wasted Times”
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5
“Privilege”
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6
“Hurt You”
P R E S E N T E R: H OWA R D ST E R N
They’ve sold more than 120 million
albums, and will be joined on
stage by original members Alec
John Such and Richie Sambora.
DIRE STRAITS
PRESENTER: TBD
The “Money for Nothing” group will
attend the induction sans two
key pieces: Mark and David Knopfler
declined the Hall’s invitation.
THE CARS
PRESENTER: BRANDON FLOWERS
OF THE KILLERS
Hailing from Boston, the newwave crew racked up 13 Top 40
singles, including “My Best Friend’s
Girl” and “Just What I Needed.”
THE MOODY BLUES
PRESENTER: ANN WILSON OF HEART
The prog rockers known for “Nights
in White Satin” will be inducted
into the Hall a mere 29 years after
they were first eligible.
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE
P R E S E N T E R : B R I T TA N Y H OWA R D
OF ALABAMA SHAKES
Tharpe, a queer gospel singer and
electric-guitar player from Arkansas,
would go on to influence everyone
from Chuck Berry to Elvis Presley.
NINA SIMONE
PRESENTER: MARY J. BLIGE
Though she likely would’ve balked
at being inducted, Simone’s
contributions to music and social
justice are still felt to this day.
Nina Simone
Music
( From left )
Bon Jovi,
Vanessa
Williams,
Whitney
Houston,
Spin
Doctors,
Dr. Dre
Tinashe
Goes for a
Joyride
CHART FLASHBACK
Twenty-five years ago this week on the Hot 100, Canadian reggae reigned,
Dr. Dre G-thanged, and Bon Jovi brought flowers. B Y L E A H G R E E N B L A T T
1
SNOW
6
Harry Chapin’s classic 1974 meditation
on the fragile bonds of fatherhood
was okay, but what it really needed was
a bunch of Isla Vista metalheads
whisper-screaming “silver spoon.” B
7
2
Atlanta R&B quintet Silk served up a
lot of sexual chocolate in their time, but
“Freak Me” was really the nuts-andwhipped-cream-and-whoa-watch-whereyou’re-pouring-that-sauce sundae. A–
3
DR. DRE
The ’90s were a magical time when
dudes who looked like they should be
selling you burritos out of the back of a
van were actually making huge, poppy
rock records about princes and lovers
with diamonds in their pockets. B+
8
“NUTHIN’ BUT A ‘G’ THANG”
In which Dre sampled a 1975 Leon
Haywood funk deluxe, introduced the
world to Snoop Dogg, then just chillllled
till the next episode. A+
4
SPIN DOCTORS
“TWO PRINCES”
SILK
“FREAK ME”
WHITNEY HOUSTON
VANESSA WILLIAMS AND
BRIAN MCKNIGHT
“LOVE IS”
Love is: a river, a mystery, a miracle.
“Love” is: a cash-in ballad for the Beverly
Hills, 90210 soundtrack, but kind of a
good one? There are strings and piano,
and Vanessa sounds super pretty. B+
“ I H AV E N O T H I N G ”
Like almost every song on the Bodyguard
soundtrack, “Nothing” was about a rich,
beautiful superstar whose life would
be a parched and desolate void if she
had to live it without Kevin Costner. B+
5
JADE
9
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT
“ M R . W E N D A L”
For a hot minute, this consciousnessrap collective was massive—big enough
to make navel-gazing Gen-Xers look up
from their OK Sodas and absorb a very
catchy lesson about homelessness. A–
“ D O N ’ T WA L K AWAY ”
Pity the fool who walked away from
the ladies of Jade, but bless his bad
morning-after behavior if he’s the reason
this premium jam got made, because
it has not aged a new-jack day. A
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It’s been a hard
journey for Joyride.
Did you ever think
the record wouldn’t
come out?
I had moments of
feeling discouraged,
but I was never
going to give up
on the project.
“CAT’S IN THE CRADLE”
“INFORMER”
You guys totally know this one: It’s the
crazy reggae smash by the white guy
from Ontario that goes “Informer, yanosaydadeemeseesnowIgoblam, a licky
boom boom down.” No? That’s cool, the
boom-boom part is kind of tricky. A
UGLY KID JOE
BY ERNEST MACIAS
10
BON JOVI
“BED OF ROSES”
Bon Jovi will lay you down on a bed of
roses! While he sleeps on a bed of nails!
His mattress metaphors are intense. B
How diferent is the
Joyride we’re listening to now from the
one you started with?
The general mood and
essence is the same,
but most of the tracks
have been revamped.
There’s been a lot of
creative progression.
I feel like I’ve grown
and changed a lot,
and that’s reflective
in the music.
How did “Stuck With
Me” with Little
Dragon come about?
I messaged them
a few years ago and
said I was a fan, [but]
they didn’t respond.
This year, I reached
out again, saying I’m
still a big fan. They
asked me to send
some records, and
[we took it from there].
What would you say
is the overall theme
of the album?
Take life as it comes,
embrace the highs
and the lows, and to
really enjoy all of it—
the journey, the ride,
the adventure.
What do you hope
fans, and haters, take
away from Joyride?
First of all, for the haters that said that this
project was never
coming out: ha–ha–
ha! For people that
have supported me
along the way, I want
them to know that
this is something that
I’m really proud of.
I’m thankful for all of it.
BON JOVI: L ARRY BUSACCA/WIREIMAGE; WILLIAMS: CHRIST HASTON/NBC/GET T Y IMAGES; HOUSTON: EBET ROBERTS/GET T Y IMAGES; DR. DRE, SPIN DOCTORS: JEFF KR AVITZ/FILMMAGIC (2); TINASHE: DENNIS LEUPOLD
1993
After numerous delays and false starts,
the “2 On” singer is finally back with
her long-awaited second album—and
a message to those who doubted her.
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Circe
BY
PA G E S
GENRE
REVIEW BY
Madeline Miller
385
Fantasy
Leah Greenblatt @Leahbats
IN 2012, A MASSACHUSET TS TEACHER NAMED MADELINE
Miller published The Song of Achilles, the hard-won work
of a decade. The book went on to become an international best-seller, translated into more than 25
languages and awarded the U.K.’s prestigious Orange
Prize for Fiction. It was a nifty trick for any first-time
novelist, and even more so for its subject: ancient Greek
myth, retold with an immediacy that mesmerized not
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just Classics majors but countless readers
who probably would have rather pulled out
their own eyebrows than finish Homer’s The
Iliad in high school.
With Circe, Miller returns to the same
fertile, myrrh-scented source, though her
lead here is a lesser goddess—or at least a
less celebrated one: the first-born daughter
of the sun titan Helios and his royal consort
Perse. Circe’s pedigree is impeccable, but
her perceived imperfections (a too-sharp
chin, a reedy voice) are a disappointment
from the start. Life among the gods is ruthless, and she has no real aptitude for the
petty grudges, plots, and cruelties of dryads
and river lords. Golden and gorgeously
formed, they’re also vain, vicious, and easily
bored, and their blood-soaked soap operas
read like the gossipy intrigues of Versailles,
or Dynasty for people who can’t die. (The
idols eat and sleep strictly for pleasure; even
their hangnails heal themselves.)
Noted mostly for the illicit sorcery that
earned her exile to the island of Aiaia—and
her gift for turning grown men into pigs—
Circe’s tale lacks the sweeping arc and
central romance of Achilles. Her narrative is
more episodic, a string of feuds and love
affairs occasionally bisected by myth’s
greatest hits (Prometheus, the Minotaur,
Helen of Troy). But Miller, with her academic bona fides and born instinct for
storytelling, seamlessly grafts modern concepts of selfhood and independence to her
mystical reveries of smoke and silver, nectar
and bones. And if the Circe that emerges
from her imagination isn’t exactly human—
technically, she can’t be—she is divine. A–
> When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist. They called me nymph, assuming I would be like my mother....
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HEY, YA!
A timeline of
youth fiction making
a cinematic splash
THE FAULT IN
OUR STARS
2014
LOVE, SIMON: BEN ROTHSTEIN/FOX (2); ME AND E ARL AND THE DYING GIRL: INDIAN PAINTBRUSH/20TH CENTURY FOX/KOBAL /REX/SHUT TERSTOCK ; A WRINKLE IN TIME: ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/DISNEY
( Clockwise from top )
Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Nick
Robinson, and Alexandra
Shipp in Love, Simon;
the book jacket for The
Hate U Give; Ansel Elgort
and Shailene Woodley
in The Fault in Our Stars
The Shailene
Woodley starrer
was a box office
smash, introducing
Hollywood to YA’s
commercial power.
ME AND EARL AND
THE DYING GIRL
2015
The Kids Are All Right
Based on the Jesse
Andrews novel,
it won the Grand
Jury Prize at
Sundance in 2015.
YA novels are doing what years of lip service couldn’t: making Hollywood more inclusive.
BY DAV I D C A N F I E L D
A F T E R J O H N G R E E N’S T H E
Fault in Our Stars skyrocketed
to success as a movie in 2014,
two media industries transformed: Hollywood and
children’s publishing.
“It was this huge light bulb
going of for everybody,” says
Lauri Hornik, chair of the Children’s Book Council. Raking in
more than $300 million globally,
Fault introduced movie studios
to the power of YA and the
immense cultural interest in the
lives and minds of teenagers. A
slew of similarly popular youthskewing tearjerkers like Me and
Earl and the Dying Girl made it to
the screen soon after. What was
the appeal? “There’s a craving for
honesty, self-reflection, and
quirkiness—for characters who
are comfortable expressing their
individuality,” says Hornik.
This year, two groundbreaking
projects were from the children’spublishing space: Love, Simon,
the first major studio film to center on a queer teen romance, and
A Wrinkle in Time, the first $100
million-plus movie directed by a
woman of color, Ava DuVernay.
Add others such as the genderbending Every Day and the
upcoming The Hate U Give, and
this wave of YA adaptations has
become a driving force in Hollywood’s inclusivity initiatives.
YA books’ expansion of
representational boundaries has
coincided with Hollywood’s craving for the next YA smash—as
well as its own sneaking need to
push diversity. Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group president
Jon Yaged points to his March
release Children of Blood and
Bone by debut author Tomi Adeyemi (see page 28) as evidence.
(Adeyemi describes her tale as
“Black Panther with magic.”)
In a rare occurrence, Fox 2000
bought the rights long before the
book came out. Yaged says that
in his nearly 20 years of working
in publishing, he’s never seen
anything like it. And Hornik says
film studios are “absolutely” on
the hunt for books to adapt with
diverse, nonwhite characters,
asking publishers up front for
their best candidates. They’re
drawn to YA because even
though the material is for young
readers, the more radical content
remains accessible.
The profound impact books
leave on children may best
explain how YA is leading the
way. “We as editors, designers,
[and] marketers are very aware of
the power of our books in shaping minds,” Hornik says. “And the
realization that we were pretty
much only ofering books to a
particular group of people was
devastating.” Donna Bray, copublisher of Balzer + Bray, which
published Simon vs. the Homo
Sapiens Agenda (on which Love,
Simon was based), adds that the
industry has collectively realized
the need for improvement.
“There’s a real feeling of wanting
to get it right,” she says. That the
efort coincides with Hollywood’s
bottom line feels like kismet.
A WRINKLE IN TIME
2018
Featuring a diverse
cast that includes
Oprah Winfrey
and Mindy Kaling, it’s
the first $100 millionplus film helmed by a
woman of color.
LOVE, SIMON
2018
The first studio film
to center on a queer
teen romance has
generated excellent
word of mouth since
its March premiere.
THE HATE U GIVE
EXPECTED 2019
Last year’s YA
phenomenon, which
tackles police
brutality, is the next
inclusive title to go
Hollywood.
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Contact High
Mary H.K. Choi’s debut—about two Gen-Z’ers who
communicate almost exclusively via text—is a modern
romance with heft. B Y D A V I D C A N F I E L D
How did you conceive
Emergency Contact?
I wanted to write a
relatively small book.
There’s no blood sport
or battle royal that’s
held in a teen colosseum
or anything. I wanted
it to be a story about
something that is
highly relatable: panic
attacks, anxiety, and
an expectation that
you are not where you
thought you should be
by a certain age.
You also tackle
microaggressions.
I wanted to talk about
racism that wasn’t a
literal race riot. For
Asians, it’s a very diferent
conversation. It’s the
whole double-edged
sword of the modelminority myth. On the
one hand, we pass a lot.
I’ve definitely gotten a
lot of things growing up
where I’m “funny for an
Asian girl” or I’m “hot
for an Asian.” Or that
someone “forgets all the
time” that I’m not white.
These are things that
are handed to me as if
they are compliments,
but obviously they do
nothing but erase me.
You’re writing mature,
nuanced content for
younger readers.
The March for Our Lives:
incredible. I don’t know why
people are so surprised that
teens are media-trained,
organized, passionate,
and cogent in their beliefs.
The reason why I write for
young people is that as
surprised as the world is
that young people are so
brilliant, I’m not surprised.
What was the writing
process like?
In seeking therapy whilst
writing this book, a lot of
things came up in me that
I ended up exorcising or
workshopping.... A book
requires a lot of you,
especially a first novel
where you don’t have any
expectation for what it
should feel like. That desire
for control really, really
dug up a lot of issues that
I had with disordered eating. You have to face
all of your own stuf before
you make any sort of
artistic declaration that
feels honest.
CHOI: A ARON RICHTER
Your main character
Penny is KoreanAmerican, and you draw
her culture so vividly.
[My goal was] to paint
a picture of a mom that
wasn’t a stereotypical
tiger mom. I made [the
protagonist’s] mother a
MILF who’s embarrassing
and likes dank memes
and says things like “Yas!”
because I thought it’d
make...an interesting
dynamic of human beings
who are proud Koreans.
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BEST-SELLING AUTHORS
LOVE AND OTHER WORDS
BY CHRISTINA LAUREN NOVEL
E
C
A
The hugely popular romance-writing duo (Beautiful) make
their contemporary-fiction debut with this time-jumping
portrait of a bride-to-be’s reckoning with her past.
WOMEN IN SUNLIGHT BY FRANCES MAYES
NOVEL
E
C
A
The Under the Tuscan Sun author takes readers to yet
another idyllic village in Italy and charts the friendship of
four American strangers.
TRUE STORIES
TRUE STORIES FROM AN UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS
BY CHRISTINE LAHTI MEMOIR
E
C
A
The Emmy-winning actress (Chicago Hope) reveals her
feminist coming-of-age through a series of raw, political,
and deeply personal essays—including one about her
late, physically abusive older brother.
AND NOW WE HAVE EVERYTHING
BY MEAGHAN O’CONNELL MEMOIR
E
Cheryl Strayed is a fan of this strikingly honest account
of motherhood that covers everything from the ravages of
breastfeeding to postpartum sex (or the lack thereof).
YOU ALL GROW UP AND LEAVE ME
BY PIPER WEISS MEMOIR
E
C
A
Set in Manhattan’s prep-school scene, Weiss’ memoir
doubles as bleak true crime, as she reveals how she grew
up in proximity to a vicious child predator.
DEBUTS
A LADY’S GUIDE TO SELLING OUT
L AHTI: RICK ROWELL /ABC/GET T Y IMAGES; O’CONNELL: KELLY SE ARLE
BY SALLY FRANSON NOVEL
E
A
A bookworm takes a job at an ad agency in this delectable
mash-up of Younger, Mad Men, and The Devil Wears Prada.
HEADS OF THE COLORED PEOPLE
BY NAFISSA THOMPSON-SPIRES STORIES
E
C
Here’s an author to watch. Thompson-Spires’ first story
collection is a fascinating, lyrical, and profoundly moving
examination of contemporary black identity.
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THIS WEEK’S
HITS &
MISSE S
The Bullseye
Step Up 6: Trial
Steparation
Joe Manganiello’s workout routine
is frankly getting out of hand.
The moment you see your former
BFF and are so glad you no longer
have each other’s number.
Trading Spaces: the only
place on TV where
designers can forcefully
bully homeowners into covering their walls with burlap
PSA: Emily Blunt did not go through hell
and back in A Quiet Place for you to ruin the
silence chomping on Buncha Crunch.
Farewellie.
If he keeps recording
albums like these, maybe
Selena Gomez should
date and break up with
the Weeknd more often.
American Horror Story
casts Joan Collins, who in
the time you’ve read this
has already pushed two
people down the stairs in
three different widebrimmed fedoras.
Shades of Blue has
been canceled, as well
as our hopes of ever
getting to see
J. Lo’s cyan period!!!
Fleetwood Mac,
Lindsey Buckingham
go their own way.
Dear Every Boxer’s Girlfriend on
SNL: We promise we’d never make
you take the kids to your sister’s.
Jordan Peele producing docuseries
about Lorena Bobbitt, to whose husband
we retroactively say, GET OUT.
60 E W.C O M
A P R I L 2 0, 2 0 1 8
The beach from Leonardo DiCaprio’s The
Beach will temporarily close. “Wow, that must
be so hard for you,” said the Titanic.
Sharknado will end with a time-travel story line
involving dinosaurs and Noah’s Ark. Hi, you had
us at “Sharknado will end.”
SOFIA VERGAR A: CHRISTOPHER POLK /GET T Y IMAGES; DOUG WILSON: TLC; BELL AMY YOUNG: CR AIG SJODIN/ABC; LOPE Z: JEFF RIEDEL /NBC; THE WEEKND: SAMIR HUSSEIN/WIREIMAGE; TAR A REID AND IAN ZIERING: YANA BL A JEVA/SYF Y;
HEIDI GARDNER: WILL HE ATH/NBC; THE BEACH: MOVIESTORE/REX/SHUT TERSTOCK ; BOBBIT T: CONSOLIDATED NEWS/GET T Y IMAGES; BUCKINGHAM: STEVE GR ANITZ/GET T Y IMAGES; COLLINS: BOB D’AMICO/ABC PHOTO ARCHIVES;
BLUNT: JONNY COURNOYER /PAR AMOUNT; PARIS HILTON AND NICOLE RICHIE: STEFANIE KEENAN/GET T Y IMAGES; KEVIN JAMES: JOJO WHILDEN/CBS; CHANNING TATUM AND JENNA DEWAN: JASON L AVERIS/FILMMAGIC
Bullseye hasn’t had
a good Kevin Can
Wait joke lately, but
then again, neither
has the show.
B Y MARC SNETIKER @MarcSnetiker
Haven’t checked my phone
in 27 dunks.
Uncommonly Good
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