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‘Psycho’ Gets Woke: Rihanna’s ‘Bates Motel’ Shower Scene is a Progressive Twist on Hitchcock — Showrunner Interview
5 hours ago
[Editor’s Note: The following interview contains spoilers for “Bates Motel” Season 5, Episode 6, “Marion.”]
It all seemed so familiar: Marion Crane checked into the Bates Motel. Norman brought her some food. She ate. They talked. Soon after, she climbed into the shower. Water poured from the faucet above. Tension slowly built. Then, suddenly, the curtain was yanked back, and…
“Screw this shit.”
With those words, Marion Crane stepped out of the shower and “Bates Motel” took its “Psycho” plot in a whole new direction. Rather than killing off the woman who stole from her employer in the hopes of starting a new life with her boyfriend — like in Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic film that inspired the series — showrunner Kerry Ehrin orchestrated a story that ended with Marion’s cheating beau, Sam Loomis, stabbed to death instead.
“That made me laugh, when she gets out of the shower,” Ehrin said, following a recent early screening of the episode. “That’s one of my favorite moments. »
- Ben Travers
6 Wild (And Early) Emmy Nomination Predictions
8 hours ago
April and May are to the Emmys as November and December are to the Oscars, as networks strive to premiere shows before the May 31 Emmy eligibility cutoff date, in hopes that these shows will be fresh in voters’ minds when filling out ballots.
With that in mind, it may not be too crazy to start looking at what shows could collect nominations this summer, and potentially stand as major players at the Emmys in September. So here are six of our bold predictions for this year’s Emmy’s nominations, and you can hear all of Ben and Liz’s picks in their podcast below.
“Westworld” Sweeps All Technical Categories for TV Drama
While it’s still early to see whether or not HBO’s new hit series will compete for the ultimate prize of Best TV Drama, it may not be too crazy to think that “Westworld” will, at the very least, »
- Michael Gonzalez
‘Too Old to Die Young’: Miles Teller to Star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Amazon Series
9 hours ago
Nicolas Winding Refn has so many projects in one stage or development or another that it can be difficult to glean a sense of which might actually see the light of day first. It now appears that his TV series “Too Old to Die Young” is moving to the front of the line, as “Whiplash” star Miles Teller has just been cast in the upcoming Amazon show.
Teller, who’s also appeared in “Divergent,” “Fantastic Four” and an unflattering Esquire cover story, is set to play a grieving Los Angeles police officer navigating an underworld filled with contract assassins representing the Yakuza, Mexican cartels, Russian mob and roving adolescents, among others. The series will follow “killers’ existential journeys in becoming samurai,” because this is Nicolas Winding Refn we’re talking about here and what »
- Michael Nordine
Writers Guild Negotiations: If Talk Shows Go Dark, Donald Trump Could Be The Biggest Winner in a Strike
10 hours ago
It’s a growing concern that probably hasn’t gone unnoticed by the hard-working staffs of TV’s late-night shows: A Writers Guild strike would silence their shows, right when they’re providing some of the sharpest analysis and critiques of the Donald Trump administration.
The threat of a strike inched closer to reality Friday, as talks between the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Pictures & Television Producers stalled, and members of the WGA’s negotiating committee sent a letter to members asking for a strike authorization vote.
Read More: Writers’ Guild Negotiations Stall, as Leaders Call for Strike Authorization Vote
Like the last work stoppage in 2007, a strike would likely hit the business hard — particularly in an era of so much new media disruption. But for liberal-leaning Hollywood, here’s another unfortunate truth: Should a strike be called, the earliest — and perhaps only — winner in all of this could be Trump. »
- Michael Schneider
Hans Zimmer Reteams With ‘Planet Earth II’ Co-Composers for ‘Blue Planet II’ Score
11 hours ago
The legendary Oscar winner Hans Zimmer had put his talents to work for the first time in the natural history genre by composing the theme for “Planet Earth II,” while Bleeding Fingers’ co-composers Jacob Shea and Jasha Klebe tackled the stirring score. For their new venture, the team will score the seven-part series that takes place in each of the world’s oceans.
“It’s an incredible opportunity and privilege to be working again with the BBC’s Natural History Unit on such a globally important project,” Zimmer said in a statement. “It’s a joy to compose to such beautiful, powerful and inspiring picture. Once more »
- Hanh Nguyen
Bryan Cranston Visits the Set of ‘Better Call Saul,’ Jokes That He’s Playing a ‘Geriatric Patient’
11 hours ago
“Bryan Cranston will Not be in this season of ‘Better Call Saul!” warns a new behind-the-scenes look at the “Breaking Bad” spinoff’s upcoming third season. That’s unlikely to stop speculation that the former Walter White will do just that, however, as Cranston makes a stop on the show’s set in the same video and insists he’s “here to play a geriatric patient” as series creator Vince Gilligan laughs on. (“No he’s not!” insists onscreen text.) .
“I’m back here in Albuquerque and I’m on here on a book tour,” explains the multiple Emmy winner of his appearance. “I wanted to come in early to Albuquerque so I could visit the set and just say hello to friends and family. All the cast is changed, but the sensibility is the same »
- Michael Nordine
‘American Horror Story’: Sarah Paulson Reveals Which Characters She’d Resurrect — Paleyfest 2017
11 hours ago
During the final night of PaleyFest La, the always intense “American Horror Story” fanbase zeroed in on fan favorite Sarah Paulson, to the point that Kathy Bates took great pleasure in dubbing Paulson “the People’s Princess.” It was all in good fun, though, as the cast goofily bantered back and forth — and, in the case of Cuba Gooding Jr., twerked.
Unfortunately, executive producers Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear spent the night relatively secretive about the upcoming Season 7 of American Horror Story — all we know, so far, is that Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will definitely be returning as leads, and that the season would have something to do with the 2016 election. Falchuk did say, though, that any fan of the series should “set your TiVo.” ‘
The cast was still happy to share details from this past season, »
- Maya Reddy
‘True Detective’ Season 3 Might Happen After All — and David Milch Is Helping
12 hours ago
“True Detective” might not be done after all. Nearly two years after concluding its second season, which was received much less favorably than its first, HBO’s anthology series is showing signs of life. Entertainment Weekly reports that creator Nic Pizzolatto has written at least two episodes for a potential third season; even more exciting, David Milch — late of “Deadwood” and “NYPD Blue” — is going to be working with him.
Much remains up in the air, however. “True Detective” has yet to receive the greenlight for a third season, and Milch isn’t expected to be showrunner for this next go-round — his collaboration with Pizzolato will largely entail writing together. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson starred in the first season, while Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Vince Vaughn and Taylor Kitsch headlined the second (which, real talk, »
- Michael Nordine
Aaron Sorkin Needs to Learn to Love the Internet if He Wants to Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Issues
13 hours ago
“Adapt or die,” Billy Beane shouted in “Moneyball,” words written in the Oscar-nominated screenplay from Steven Zaillain and Aaron Sorkin. And yet, when it comes to the internet, Sorkin refuses to follow his own advice.
Though he’s embraced the personification of “old man screams at clouds” to varying degrees of success, this weekend proved why Sorkin can’t hide from the web any longer — not without becoming the kind of person that he has always despised.
On Saturday, Sorkin took part in a conversation at the Writers Guild Festival where he — by all reports — first learned about diversity issues in Hollywood.
“Are you saying that women and minorities have a more difficult time getting their stuff read than white men and you’re also saying that [white men] get to make mediocre movies and can continue on?” Sorkin asked the audience. Later, he brought the subject up again, asking for clarification. »
- Ben Travers
‘El Chapo’ Trailer: Mexico’s Most Notorious Drug Lord Blasts His Way to TV — Watch
13 hours ago
El Chapo may be short — after all, his nickname means “Shorty” — but his influence has been huge. One TV show will attempt to show just how vast his drug empire and reputation extended.
Univision’s “El Chapo,” which premieres on April 23, will cover three decades of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán’s life. Starring Marco de la O as the notorious drug lord himself, the series starts in 1985 when he was a lowly member of the Guadalajara Cartel, before following his rise to power, multiple jailbreaks and finally his downfall.
Read More: El Chapo TV Series in the Works From ’Narcos’ Co-Creator
“El Chapo” is a co-production between Story House Entertainment and Netflix and only recently began production once it cast Marco de la O, known from the world of telenovelas.
“We are thrilled to have Marco take on the role of ‘El Chapo’ as we begin to unfold the real »
- Hanh Nguyen
Gourmet Movie Popcorn Taste Test: IndieWire’s Critic David Ehrlich Takes the ‘Good Morning America’ Challenge
15 hours ago
Popcorn is delicious, portable, healthy and cheap… unless you go gourmet.
On a recent edition of “Good Morning America’s” Frugal Foodie segment, the hosts decided to examine the popular treat and whether or not paying a hefty price tag for gourmet kernels translated to a tastier product.
Read More: CinemaCon 2017: The Industry Is Set to Brawl Over the Netflix Effect and Home-Release Windows
A taste test was set up that consisted of three different popcorns: the gourmet bagged popcorn that costs about $5 a bag; the home and office favorite microwave popcorn; and stovetop kernel popcorn that Carla Lalli Music, food director at Bon Apetit magazine, cooked herself and seasoned with olive oil and an equivalent amount of salt to the other samples. It should be noted that it costs only 60 cents to pop the same amount that is included in a gourmet bag, and about $4 to make the same amount of microwave popcorn. »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘The Underground Railroad’: Barry Jenkins to Write and Direct Limited Series for Amazon
15 hours ago
We’ve known for a while now that Barry Jenkins is working on an adaptation of “The Underground Railroad,” Colson Whitehead’s National Book Award–winning novel. Now we know who it’s for: Amazon is developing the hourlong limited drama, which Jenkins will both write and direct. The series marks the “Moonlight” writer/director’s first new endeavor since his surprise Oscar glory last month.
“Going back to ‘The Intuitionist,’ Colson’s writing has always defied convention, and ‘The Underground Railroad’ is no different,” said Jenkins in a statement. “It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way. Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking and in »
- Michael Nordine
‘Buffy,’ ‘Community,’ ’30 Rock’ and More: TV’s 12 Best Musical Episodes and How Well They Worked in Song and Dance
18 hours ago
Musical TV shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” or “Glee” have a built-in understanding with audiences that bursting into a song or dance is part of the storytelling. When it comes to non-musical series, however, staging a musical number or episode can be a more challenging when it comes to finding an organic way to work it into the plot.
Recently, The CW’s superhero show “The Flash” and Syfy’s fantasy drama “The Magicians” dipped their toes into the world of musicals. “The Flash” tapped a character called Music Meister (Darren Criss) to knock out Kara and Barry (Melissa Benoit, Grant Gustin) and send them into an alternate reality, where they had to sing and dance their way to finding solutions. Music Meister, a super villain who could control people through music, has already been introduced in the DC Universe via animated series “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” (and voiced »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘Better Call Saul’ Season 3 Review: As One of TV’s Greatest Dramas Evolves, Characters Inch Closer to ‘Breaking Bad’
27 March 2017 12:01 AM, PDT
It’s taken five seasons of “Breaking Bad” and two-plus seasons of “Better Call Saul” to figure out the one word that defines this particular television universe, but we now may finally have it: Consequences.
With the return of “Saul,” now in Season 3, we remain fascinated by the story of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), the nascent “criminal” lawyer whose attempts to build his own private law practice – we know thanks to watching “Breaking Bad” – take a dark turn. But the first two seasons of the series depict a man whose preference for short cuts is actively working against something resembling a moral core, which is also working against a loyal heart.
And that means… Well, let’s face it: You probably don’t want spoilers if you’re reading this. You just want to »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Girls’ Review: A Baby Daddy Surfaces While Another Character Grows Up
26 March 2017 7:30 PM, PDT
Last Week’S Review: Hannah Finally Confronts Her Future While Erasing Her Past
Love Her or Hate Her
Whatever Hannah’s full reaction to Adam’s movie is will have to wait, because this episode was all about some hard realizations that made us really feel for the character. Despite her better judgment Hannah finally got a hold of Paul-Louis (returning guest star Riz Ahmed) and just came right out with the pregnancy news. Well, after she reminded the guy who she was (surf article… threw up in his bed… said she had a lot of pubic hair). Hearing and seeing his freaked out and then relieved reactions when Hannah explained she didn’t need anything but was only fulfilling her moral sense of duty was like waking up from a weird romance with the character, both for us as viewers and for Hannah.
Although we had no reason »
- Amber Dowling
‘The Walking Dead’ Review: ‘Something They Need’ Has A Lot Going On, But Little To Show For It
26 March 2017 7:02 PM, PDT
Last Week’S Review: Everyone Gets a Chance To Bury The Hatchet In ‘The Other Side’
Whose Episode Is It?
It’s the penultimate episode, so it’s time to check in with just about everybody (the Kingdom excluded). That makes “Something They Need” a busy episode, but not a particularly compelling one. The issue is that while the back half of Season 7 has been a vast improvement over the first, its plotting has been overly predictable, since it’s mostly been about Rick assembling his army, a mission that will obviously succeed because the show doesn’t have anywhere to go, otherwise. The all-out war is clearly being held for next year, and there’s not enough time left in this season to build up any specific stakes or narrative steam to make the Season 7 finale worth looking forward to. What does happen this episode is completely expected: The Ricketeers gets Oceanside’s guns, »
- Jeff Stone