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I can’t claim any connection to the cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, despite the name similarity. Oh, he lives in Portland, as does my brother — but I think that’s as close as it gets. The Wheelers are a vast clan, with our fingers in all of the world’s pies, and Shannon’s branch is very distant from my own.
But, still, he is a Wheeler, and thus one of the best in the world at whatever he chooses to do, by the power of that exceptional name. In his case, first there was the hit comic Too Much Coffee Man (in several formats, for a long time, and not quite done even now). But he’s also been working seriously on New Yorker-style single-panel cartoons for at least a decade now, with some success in that fine magazine.
And, since he’s a guy who publishes the cartoons he »
- Andrew Wheeler
Director Paul W. S. Anderson’s Alien-flavored sci-fi film had a troubled production history and an even harder time with the critics and the box office once it was released. Once again home video came to a film’s rescue turning Anderson’s dilemma in Anderson’s “I told you so”. Sleekly produced, the movie boasted a nifty cast including Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill and Kathleen Quinlan. Orbital contributes a pulsating techno-punk score. »
- Charlie Largent
In the animated series category, there is little suspense year-to-year over which shows will get nominated since there are four key shows — led by “The Simpsons,” with 26 nominations and 10 wins over 28 seasons — that have been honored for the bulk of their runs. The real question is which one will win, so picking the right episode for Emmy submission is key. “I have a highly scientific system,” jokes longtime “Simpsons” showrunner Al Jean. “I usually go with the highest-rated episode on IMDb.” This year Jean will put his system to the test against returnees “Archer,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “South Park,” and the newcomer: “Elena of Avalor”/“Sofia the First” crossover episode, “Elena and the Secret of Avalor.”
“Archer” (pictured above)
- Scott Tobias
The final verse of the 2010 song “Fuck It All” from Childish Gambino – the rap alias of multi-hyphenate Donald Glover – ends with this line: “To all my fans who sayin’ ‘Donald Glover ’bout to blow,’ just give me six months so you can say ‘I told you so.'” It’s hard to believe it’s been […]
- Ben Pearson
“I read it on Twitter,” Cohen tells Et’s Leanne Aguilera. “I didn't not see it coming, but I didn’t see it coming. You know what I mean?”
Last week, The Real Housewives of New York City star announced that she and her husband of seven months, Tom D’Agostino, decided to separate. The announcement came after new rumors of infidelity and fighting between the pair surfaced.
Watch: Luann de Lesseps Announces She’s Getting Divorced
The now-former couple’s tumultuous relationship was well-documented on the show, but their split won’t be. Filming for season nine, including the show’s reunion special, wrapped before they called it quits. The reality star is now taking some “time to [herself]” in Switzerland.
“I spoke to her the day she was leaving the country,” Cohen reveals. “You know, I think she very wisely is leaving the country »
Regardless of whatever decisions he makes, the KarJenner clan will never give up on Rob Kardashian.
“The idea that anyone in the family would ever turn their backs on Rob is silly. They’ll never be ‘done’ with him,” a source close to the family tells People.
In the wake of his social media rampage against ex-fiancée Blac Chyna on July 5, during which he repeatedly shared graphic and expletive-ridden content about her on Twitter and Instagram and accused her of drug use, alcohol abuse and infidelity, an insider told People that his family was “horrified” by his actions.
But in »
- Elizabeth Leonard and Natalie Stone
Winter — it’s totally here. The seventh season of drama “Game of Thrones” is set to premiere July 16. Ahead of the debut, Variety spoke with Sophie Turner, who stars as Sansa Stark on the HBO drama, about what lies ahead for her character.
The end of season six found Sansa looking on as her half-brother Jon Snow was named King of the North by the lords of Winterfell. That moment, according to Turner, left Sansa feeling split between loyalty to her brother and a sense that she had been served a bit of a raw deal.
How was it shooting the new season?
It was as fun as ever. It was different from all the others, because you could kind of feel everything wrapping up. There’s a lot more emotion involved in shooting a lot of these scenes. It was getting pretty emotional. But it was great.
You were shooting on a different schedule than in »
- Daniel Holloway
Walker Hayes knew how music dreams died in Nashville. He’d lost his deal with a major record label. With a wife and six kids to support, he was making ends meet stocking shelves at Costco.
Then – just when he’d decided it was time to get “a real job” – the phone rang. On the other end? Shane McAnally, the Grammy-winning songwriter and hit-making producer.
McAnally’s question: Did Hayes want to sign a record deal?
A year later, Hayes, 37, is now basking in the glow of the upcoming album’s first single, “You Broke Up with Me,” an irresistibly »
- Nancy Kruh
Father knows best, or so he says. »
Father knows best, or so he says. »
It’s Yasujiro Ozu in light mode, except that his insights into the human social mechanism make this cheerful neighborhood comedy as meaningful as his dramas. Two boys go on a ‘talk strike’ because they want a television set, a choice that has an effect on everyone around them. And what can you say about a movie with running jokes about flatulence . . . and is still a world-class classic?
The Criterion Collection 84
1959 / Color / 1:37 flat Academy / 94 min. / ohayo / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date May 16, 2017 / 39.95
Cinematography: Yushun Atsuta
Film Editor: Yoshiyasu Hamamura
Original Music: Toshiro Mayuzumi
Written by Yasujiro Ozu, Kogo Noda
Produced by Shizuo Yamanouchi
Directed by Yasujiro Ozu
Ozu’s Good Morning is a straight-out delight, being both inconsequential and insightful. »
- Glenn Erickson
The American Idol alum features on the band's new album, Back to Us, out May 19, partnering on a soaring, heart-tugging duet, "Are You Happy Now." Only Et has your first listen to the track with the exclusive premiere -- press play, below!
Pics: 2017 ACMs -- See the Stars on the Red Carpet
"It's hard to look down the list of female singers and pick one that can go toe-to-toe with Gary [LeVox] in the studio," Jay DeMarcus tells Et.
The song was originally written for Rascal Flatt's 2014 album, Rewind, alongside songwriter Sean McConnell, but it took three years to find the right partner to sing on it.
"Gary’s got one of those rare abilities to have an extraordinary range, vocally, sing all kinds of vocal chops and make it sound like it was spontaneous in the first time he’s ever done it, and that’s »
Curtis, his quips and the T-Spheres are all becoming an integral part of this show….
As a much improved and more down to Earth season 5 winds up, we can take stock into what this season had to offer: a damn good and not just scary, but insane twisted genius in Adrian Chase; a Team Arrow unlike any in its history but one of great value, and another Oliver conscience-crisis that dare I say it, may stick? Gone is the mysticism that Damien Dahrk brought last year and the nuclear explosions and what remained was Oliver trying to clean up Star City with martial arts, arrows and the occasional firearm. The (somewhat) culmination came tonight when faced off with each other ( in a crazy good fight scene of furious action) Prometheus and Green Arrow (back in costume) comes down to a mind game, »
- Jessie Robertson
This review contains minor spoilers.
It pains me to say this, but I told you so. Detective Comics #956 is one issue too far for the “League of Shadows” storyline. While it did succeed in hyping up Cassandra Cain, I don’t think anyone will be wishing for more long-winded arcs like this one.
As expected, Cassandra faces off against her mother, Lady Shiva, and proves she’s more than meets the eye. She finally defeats her in a grueling battle, but there’s a real gut punch that takes us all by surprise (but really shouldn’t because, well, you’ll see what I mean when you read it). In the end, Cassandra does make some form of peace with Shiva and they share a curious moment, which should have future repercussions for the Bat Family.
The other subplot sees the Colony prepare to destroy Gotham City in an effort »
- Sergio Pereira
Is this the end for Frick and Frack?
Part three of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion ended with Porsha Williams (“Frick”) revealing Phaedra Parks (“Frack”) was the one who originally alleged that Kandi Burruss once tried to drug Porsha before sex, claims Kandi has vehemently denied. Now, it’s time to watch the fallout.
The fourth and final installment of the reunion airs Sunday, and Et has your exclusive first look at the aftermath of the revelation, which left Kandi screaming at her former friend, Phaedra, and Phaedra looking like her stomach had just dropped.
“If I were to punch them hoes in their motherf**king faces, then they’ll say I’m wrong!” she says through »
Life always finds a way. Or rather, Hollywood always finds a way to make fans happy (when they aren't disappointing them, that is). Jurassic World 2 is about halfway through production, with Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Bd Wong returning. Joining them are heavy weights James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and... Jeff Goldblum?!?! Yes!
That's right, after a two film absence, Jeff Goldblum is returning to the Jurassic Park franchise to bring Dr. Ian Malcolm back to life. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Goldblum has officially joined the sequel to Jurassic World. There is no word on what the size of his role may be, but this is welcome news indeed, as Ian Malcolm is perhaps the most beloved (I say so!) and certainly most quotable character from the Jurassic Park franchise.
- Nick Doll
Don’t assume this is Bill O’Reilly’s Last Loofah.
Obviously, nothing would please me more than to be wrong about that. But everything from industry gossip to his own angry farewell statement to the tectonic changes in video news consumption implies that I’m not.
If he wants one, he’ll get another show.
About 15 months ago there was a rumor going around the news business that the younger Murdochs had reached the tipping point with Billo and would let him go, and that just as quickly one of the other cable news operations would pick him up. After the most successful sponsor boycott since the stampede away from Don Imus in 2007, that scenario seems less likely but hardly impossible. Imus himself was back on the fringes of cable within eight months, and two years after that he was doing his same old show on Fox Business Channel. That »
- Keith Olbermann
Anghus Houvouras on whether knowing too much about a film can ruin your enjoyment…
There are still people who decide what movie they’re going to see in the span of time it takes between arriving at the theater and purchasing a ticket. Carefree film fans who are somehow able to miss (or purposefully avoid) the commercials, trailers, and online ads that permeate the digital space. The criteria they use to select their weekly trip to the cinemas is in no way influenced in the multi-million dollar marketing machine constantly vying for our attention.
We have never known as much about movies and the industry that produces them as we do today. The digital age has given us a ridiculously voyeuristic look into the world of entertainment. From the moment a project is announced and stars are attached, the film is under a microscope being scrutinized for every choice made. »
- Anghus Houvouras
It’s extremely early to say “I told you so” because I haven’t even seen the movie myself, but I literally mentioned this earlier this week. I said to watch out for Fate of the Furious with regard to box office earnings and people calling it the action movie of the year. I know comic book movies rule right now but every single clip we’ve seen from Fate of the Furious has called for this movie to be the best one of the 8 movie franchise. When you’ve got a submarine chase, a giant wrecking ball, and Vin Diesel driving a
First Reactions to Fate of the Furious Are Looking Awfully Good »
- Nat Berman
Did Huck perish?
That's one of the more pressing questions after Scandal Season 6 Episode 7 which found Meg shooting him at the close of the hour.
Below, TV Fanatics Jasmine Blu, Jim Garner, Sarah Hearon and Christine Hinton discuss the twist, Abby's agenda and the way Olivia acted.
Is Huck dead?
Jasmine: No! I refuse to believe it. If Jake could survive bleeding out after his run in with Russell, Huck can survive this, dammit. She didn't shoot him in the heart or the head (after taking a headshot for Jennifer), so by TV rules there is still a chance, right? Besides, where the hell was Jake?
No way he left Jennifer alone for that meeting. He had to be around, and maybe he'll help Huck. B613/ Pope "pet monsters" solidarity.
Jim: I had the Exact same thought Jasmine, that she missed vital organs on Huck on purpose. She got Jennifer »
- Paul Dailly
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