How the wonderful women of summer 2017 are changing Hollywood forever

Ten years ago, there was a Transformers movie and a Pirates of the Caribbean movie and a Spider-Man movie. Times don’t change — or maybe, blessedly, they do. Summer 2007 was a lean season for female-centric filmmaking. Women could be Jason Bourne’s sidekick, John McClane’s daughter, Shia LaBeouf’s love interest, Spider-Man’s girlfriend, one-fourth of the Fantastic Four, or Hermione Granger. As for films that centered on a female character, the options for actresses — and for female audiences — were narrow and limited. There were only six such summer movies that grossed more than $20 million — and one of them was Knocked Up, in which Katherine Heigl played second fiddle to dudes in a rom-com best remembered today for inaugurating the era of the Bromance.

Lincoln Center Festival Director Nigel Redden to Step Down

Nigel Redden, the longtime chief of the annual Lincoln Center Festival, will step down from his post in the fall after a tenure of nearly 20 years. The summer festival, which mostly takes place on and around the Upper West Side campus of Lincoln Center, has hosted a number of notable performing arts events over... Read more »

Ed Sheeran on touring and avoiding the 'drama' of Taylor Swift-Katy Perry

For More on Ed Sheeran, pick up the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday. 
After a year-long hiatus that saw him throw away his iPhone and travel the globe, Ed Sheeran returned in 2017 with a stellar third LP, ÷, and a massive world tour. As the 26-year-old crosses the Atlantic for several months dotting the U.S. map, Sheeran opens up about staring down years of live dates, his love of “trashy” food, and his take on that Taylor Swift-Katy Perry feud in a new interview with EW.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Your tour to promote the album ÷ kicked off in Europe before coming to the U.S. How’s it going so far?
ED SHEERAN: It’s always weird realizing that wants to hear new songs more than old ones. But I’m glad that they do. I’m in Mexico at the moment. It’s my first time here and I’ve eaten my body weight in tacos!
VIDEO: The Highest-Grossing Music Tours

Spider-Man pranks coffee lovers in viral Starbucks stunt

The viral taste makers of Thinkmodo are at it again. The agency behind such movie-pegged stunts as Seth Rogen’s grocery store excursion for Sausage Party, Carrie‘s telekinetic coffee shop prank, and the robotic demon child for Devil’s Due crafted a new surprise for New Yorkers looking for their caffeine fix.
In honor of Spider-Man: Homecoming, a stuntman donning the web-slinger’s signature suit hid out in a local Starbucks before dropping down from the ceiling to pick up his coffee order. As shown in video shot of the stunt, customers were definitely caught off guard.
Of course, Stan “The Man” Lee was there to offer his latest Marvel-related cameo.

Afghan Whigs guitarist Dave Rosser dies at 50

Following a battle with inoperable colon cancer, musician Dave Rosser — best known for his work with rock band The Afghan Whigs — died Tuesday at age 50.
A commemorative post on the band’s Facebook page confirmed news of Rosser’s passing.
“It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend, brother and inspiration,” the band wrote Wednesday morning. “Dave Rosser passed away peacefully last evening surrounded by love. Thank you to all who kept him in their hearts. He is forever in ours.”
The Afghan Whigs formed in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1986, and latter broke up in 2001. In 2014, the band reformed with new members — including Rosser, who previously played alongside vocalist Greg Dulli’s side projects The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins — to release their first album in 16 years, Do to the Beast.
Rosser also collaborated with artists like Ani DiFranco, Joseph Arthur, and Tim Heidecker over the years. His cancer battle was first revealed in October, when The Afghan Whigs announced two special performances in New Orleans and Los Angeles in an effort to raise money for his medical expenses.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Unveils ‘Immigrants’ Video for ‘Hamilton Mixtape’ Featuring Riz Ahmed, Daveed Diggs (Watch)

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda on Wednesday released a video for the “Immigrants” track from the “Hamilton Mixtape” collection. The six-minute film makes a strong statement about the state of immigration policy in the U.S. and features Riz Ahmed (aka Riz MC), “Hamilton” alum Daveed Diggs and rappers K’naan, Residente and Snow Tha Product. The video... Read more »

CBS News Will Launch Primetime Series ‘On Assignment’ from Streaming-Video CBSN

CBS News said it would launch a new, limited-run primetime TV series based on reports prepared in the style of its streaming-video news outlet, CBSN. “CBSN: On Assignment” will air on four consecutive Monday evenings starting July 31 at 10 p.m. eastern, and attempt to bring a more on-the-ground perspective to an audience more accustomed... Read more »

Oliver Stone’s ‘The Putin Interviews’ Picked Up Internationally, Including in Russia

Oliver Stone’s televised interviews with Vladimir Putin will be seen in the Russian president’s homeland and in other countries around the world where broadcasters have snapped up the four-part series. “The Putin Interviews” went out on Showtime in the U.S. earlier this month over four nights and was simulcast on Sky in Britain and Germany. National Geographic... Read more »

Hogwarts houses: Four EW writers defend the misconceptions

That damn Harry Potter has done it again.
The Boy Who Lived has once again made the internet livid by simply celebrating the 20th anniversary of his introduction to the world in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. But among the event’s celebrations and dedications, it was wholly unsurprising that the anniversary dredged up a perpetually argumentative concept that has ruined many a friendship: Hogwarts houses.
Nobody who has reached consciousness in post-’90s pop culture has been able to avoid that pressing question we’ve all heard: “What house are you in?” The respondent’s answer somehow always manages to surprise the interviewer, yet the cycle goes round and round, with things like Pottermore only living to make the question infinitely more burdensome. However, as the years have passed and J.K. Rowling has expanded the wizarding world through further writing and her tweeting purview, the four houses of Hogwarts have morphed into something far more loaded than their initial introductions in the Sorting Hat’s song of September. For better or worse, the words Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw have become a combination of stereotype, hyperbole, and brutal peer-to-peer judgment — and their names alone are, in a word, triggering.

Box Office: ‘Baby Driver’ Races to $2.1 Million in Tuesday Night Previews

Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” sped to $2.1 million at 2,606 North American locations in Tuesday night previews. Sony’s R-rated action-thriller, starring Ansel Elgort as a getaway car driver, expands to 3,150 sites Wednesday to get a head start on the Independence Day weekend. The studio is projecting an opening in the $13 million to $15... Read more »

Kingdom sneak peek: Ryan's got blood on his hands

The fourth episode of Kingdom‘s third and final season ended with a shock when Keith showed up with blood on his hands… and it wasn’t his own. But in this week’s episode, it’s Ryan who finds himself a little bloodied (and not in typical fighter fashion).
EW has an exclusive look at the hour, which sees Ryan and Dom growing closer, Christina and Alvey finally getting some face time, and Ryan with blood on his hands. Did he help Keith? Did he get into a fight? It’s hard to say, but as Kingdom showrunner Byron Balasco told EW earlier in the season, Ryan could find himself returning to his old ways. “You start getting this creeping notion that he’s going back to who he was before we met him in the pilot, the guy who put his dad in the chair,” Balasco said. “You start seeing him slowly being pulled down that path, as is his default setting when he can’t handle success and can’t trust anybody and doesn’t know where he fits into the world.”
Let’s just hope Ryan doesn’t go down the exact same path, because that one put him behind bars.
Kingdom airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on DirecTV and DirecTV NOW.

Deadpool 2 scores Hunt for the Wilderpeople breakout

Ryan Reynolds is living the Skux Life. If you don’t get that reference, perhaps it’s time to watch The Hunt for the WilderpeopleThe film’s director is helming Thor: Ragnarok and now Julian Dennison, its young breakout performer, has joined the cast of Deadpool 2.
Reynolds made the announcement as he suited up as the Merc with the Mouth to give Dennison, the actor behind Ricky Baker, a piggyback. “Giving Julian Dennison a warm  welcome as we stare off into our beautiful future together,” Reynolds wrote on Instagram.
Dennison confirmed the news on his own social media feeds, and Waititi is joyfully floored by the reveal. “Never in my wilderpeoplest dreams would I have imagined this picture existing. But…. Yessss,” he tweeted.
The image also brings to mind a line from Wilderpeople when Ricky turns to his new “Crocodile Dundee” foster dad (played by Sam Neill) and exclaims, “Oh look, he’s giving a pig a piggyback ride.”

Thor: Ragnarok toys bring the thunder from Down Under

Director Taika Waititi may have shot parts of Thor: Ragnarok in Australia with Aussie heartthrob Chris Hemsworth, but the real thunder from Down Under is Hulk. The “enormous green rage monster,” as Tony Stark once called him, suits up in his gladiator armor as a new electronic action figure coming from Hasbro, EW can exclusively reveal.
Measuring 13 inches tall, this Hulk comes with catchphrases and the ability to interact with his 12-inch Thor figure buddy, who has five points of articulation. Much like Thor: Ragnarok, these toys take inspiration from the Planet Hulk comic book arc, which sees Bruce Banner in his alter ego form blasted to the planet Sakaar and forced to fight in gladiator-style matches.
Hulk will retail for $34.99 with Thor at $19.99.
Also part of Hasbro’s line is role-playing accouterments, including the foam Thor Rumble Strike Hammer (complete with swinging sound effects) at $19.99 and the Hulk-Out Mask (with movable eyebrows and mouth) at $19.99.
Fans and families will also be able to purchase the Hulk Smash FX Fists, which include accelerometer technology that detects movement and responds with sounds accordingly.

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