Major swoon alert: The latest installment of Grey's Anatomy features copious shots of Jackson Avery holding his baby daughter. HE EVEN GIVES HER AN ESKIMO KISS. Who says ShondaLand isn't a place where all of your dreams come true? We really needed this win, too, because the rest of "Catastrophe and the Cure" is a bit of a downer.
After a grassroots hype campaign (no corporate colluding here) that included a surprise appearance in Berlin and a newspaper about the album, Bon Iver has released 22, A Million. The ten-track album includes previously released singles “33 ‘GOD,” “22 (OVER S∞∞N) ” and “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠ .” 22, A Million is Bon Iver's follow up to the appropriately named Bon Iver, Iver, proving that the love for two clause titles endures. The album already debuted at Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival in August, but now those without ringside seats can give it a listen on Apple Music.
Affix your bib accordingly, because A Seat at the Table is here and ready for you to devour. Yup, Solange's new album, her fourth studio effort, has dropped as promised. The album features Lil Wayne, Dev Hynes, Sampha, Moses Sumney, Q-Tip, and Solange's expanded universe sis Kelly Rowland, among others. It's her first new music in four years, following True, her 2012 EP. Solange has teased A Seat at the Table as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief, and healing." So, let the healing begin: Give it a listen via Apple Music.
Remember when A Moon Shaped Pool came out four months ago? Some Radiohead fans really liked it and some did not as much and either way, it's been four months since new Radiohead music, so you insatiable beasts probably would like some more. Well, fine then, here you go! The special vinyl edition of A Moon Shaped Pool just came out, and there are surprises up its record sleeve, namely, two songs that were not originally on A Moon Shaped Pool, "Spectre" and the as-yet-unheard "Ill Wind." The latter is a chilly track that features Thom Yorke's falsetto out in full force. So Radiohead-heads, let the gust blow your way and listen to "Ill Wind" below.
"Woman Is the Something of the Something" is a smart, funny, brilliantly written half-hour of television. That would be true no matter when it aired, but the fact that it comes near the end of a week dominated by the Trump-splained presidential debate and an ongoing conversation about the Republican candidate's misogynistic behavior gives it an extra shot of timeliness.
In case you thought The Martian was lacking in the romance department, The Space Between Us is here to fill that charming interplanetary void. The first person born on Mars following a successful colonization, a teenage boy (Asa Butterfield) chooses to return to Earth years later for a relatively conventional upbringing, only to escape his scientist handlers (Gary Oldman!) in pursuit of a girl (Britt Robertson) he began an online friendship with, as well as for clues about his unknown father. (We're going to go out on a limb here and say it's Gary Oldman.) The only problem with this daring escapade? His organs are beginning to fail owing to the Earth's atmosphere. Holy Phobos and Deimos, what a twist! The Space Between Us will hit theaters on Earth on August 19. Check out a new trailer above, while the original lies below.
Tell the dinosaurs to take a hike, because TV's about to get meatier. Deadline reports that FX has bought Meaty, a comedy from Broad City auteur Abbi Jacobson, Inside Amy Schumer head writer Jessi Klein, and Samantha Irby, the latter of whose memoir and blog B**ches Gotta Eat is the basis of the show. Meaty is written by Irby and Jacobson, while Klein will serve as showrunner. It'll follow Irby "through failed relationships, taco feasts, her struggles with Crohn’s disease, poverty, blackness and body image." Meaty marks the latest in a busy year for Jacobson and Klein, as Jacobson is writing a book in addition to her work on Broad City, while Klein found time to release a memoir and work on Transparent during Inside Amy Schumer's hiatus. Yup, just the kind of blood-soaked ambition to be expected from a couple of carnivores. Somehow we've got a feeling this Meaty is going to be well-done.
In 1969, a National Geographic photographer named Loren McIntyre made what was supposed to be a three-day expedition to Brazil’s Javari Valley in search of the Mayouruna, an indigenous, itinerant Amazonian tribe. He found them, or they found him, and over the course of several months of quasi-captivity (they seemed to regard him as both a god and a danger) he suffered near-starvation, hallucinatory delirium, and a subcutaneous infestation of maggots. You can skip the starvation and the maggots, if you like; to experience McIntyre’s existential odyssey at close range all you need is a ticket to The Encounter. The new play from Complicite — conceived, directed, and written by the company’s artistic director, Simon McBurney — opened incongruously on Broadway tonight in a production billed as the last word in immersive theater.
Dare I say it? This episode is pitch perfect. (I’m sorry. I had to do it.) Kylie Bunbury is a remarkable actor and in “The Interim,” Ginny comes into her own as a resilient, playful, and stubborn protagonist. She's no longer just the worried rookie we met in the pilot. We also learn more about her relationship with agent Amelia Slater (Ali Larter), and Evelyn actually gets a meaningful role, calming my previous concerns. Make no mistake: This is the episode that should lock viewers in.
Knock, knock, guess who? It's me, and I'm back once again to drop my weekly load of hot, hot takes all over your eager little faces.
Although Phi Phi is gone, the show must address her last bit of foolishness before fully moving on. Yes, it's time to discuss her lipstick message. Hoo-boy, that lipstick message.
Welcome to Jack Reacher 2, a.k.a. Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, a.k.a. There Are Still Jacks Out There and We Still Need a Man to Reach Them. Tom Cruise returns as the titular hero, who returns to a small town to discover a vast criminal conspiracy that involves the woman who is not the mother of Ted Mosby's children (we apologize for spoiling that CBS comedy). Never Go Back arrives in theaters on October 21. Check out the film's latest trailer above, and reach on down for the first two below.
Good-bye Jianyu, hello Jason! This week’s The Good Place expands its flashbacks beyond Eleanor for the first time, giving us a proper introduction to her neighbor, the fake "Buddhist monk" who’s actually an aspiring Filipino EDM DJ from northeastern Florida. In his pre-paradise life, Jason Mendoza sold fake drugs to college kids, worked as an amateur hip-hop backup dancer, invented his own body spray, and tried to become a Vine star by making prank videos. Oh, and one time he crashed his jet-ski into a manatee. That happens a lot in Jacksonville.
A few weeks after denying that Lady Gaga will perform during the 2017 Super Bowl halftime show, the NFL is ready to make its commitment to the Queen Monster Facebook official. Gaga will be taking the halftime stage, and the artist herself tweeted confirmation of the announcement, “It's not an illusion. The rumors are true. This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!” The NFL's senior vice-president of communications, Natalie Ravitz, previously said the league was in ongoing talks with “several fantastic artists,” but for now, Gaga is the only to be announced. The Super Bowl halftime spectacle is of course an occasion in which the NFL typically goes HAM and invites a whole cavalcade of stars to entertain a crowd that definitely wants to watch artists like Bruno Mars and The Black Eyed Peas sing to them in the middle of the biggest sporting event of the year. But Gaga is everyone and all of us, so she could very likely just hold court on her own for 15 minutes and you’d think you were seeing 12 different artists perform over the course of the show — a sort of perfect illusion, if you will. No matter what, though, we know that none of those other potential artists will be Adele.
Tim Burton's latest film, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, is based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs about British children in a mysterious orphanage. Like all of Burton's movies, it has very a white cast, with the exception of Samuel L. Jackson, who plays a villain. When asked about the lack of diversity in Miss Peregrine's and in his films in general, Burton gave this very peculiar explanation to Bustle:
Awards-season hopeful The Birth of a Nation centers around the slave rebellion led by Nat Turner in Virginia in 1831, but almost all the discussion surrounding the film's release centers on The Birth of a Nation's producer, writer, director, and star, Nate Parker, who was acquitted of rape charges 17 years ago when he was a student at Penn State University. Parker has alternately answered questions and dodged questions and issued personal statements regarding his role in the alleged sexual assault, and now he is going on the record with Anderson Cooper to talk about it on 60 Minutes. In this preview clip, Cooper asks Parker if he feels any guilt about the night in question, a night that eventually led to a woman accusing Parker and his then-roommate (and Birth of a Nation co-writer) Jean Celestin of raping her while she was intoxicated beyond the point of recollection. Parker responds by saying, “I don’t feel guilty,” though he adds that as a Christian he does feel morally compromised by having been in the situation at all. The woman involved in the incident committed suicide in 2012, and you can see the full interview with Parker this Sunday on CBS.
Gimme Danger Trailer: Jim Jarmusch Wants You to Know the Stooges Are the ‘Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band Ever’By Dee Lockett
If you are one of the legions of Stooges fans who've been shouting for decades that Iggy Pop & Co. are wildly underrated rock gods (even despite the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction), allow Jim Jarmusch to lead your cause. The director has a new documentary all about the Stooges called Gimme Danger, wherein he interrogates (his words, not ours) Iggy and other figures of the era about how the Stooges became what Jarmusch calls "the greatest rock 'n' roll band ever." As you can imagine, their insane live shows had a lot to do with that, as did the band's early "Communist" work ethic, all of which are highlighted in the doc's first trailer. In addition to Iggy's narration, archival interviews with the band's late members are also put to good use. The Amazon Studios doc opens everywhere on November 4.
A week before the release of Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation, Sharon Loeffler, the sister of the woman who accused Parker and his Birth of a Nation co-writer Jean Celestin of rape in 1999, has penned an open letter for Variety criticizing the film. Loeffler says she was inspired to speak out after learning that the movie includes a scene where Nat Turner's wife is raped by a group of white men, an event that does not occur in the slim historical record of Turner's life. "This is fiction," she writes. "I find it creepy and perverse that Parker and Celestin would put a fictional rape at the center of their film, and that Parker would portray himself as a hero avenging that rape." As a freshman at Penn State, Loeffler's sister accused Parker and Celestin of raping her while she was passed out in their apartment; Parker was acquitted, while Celestin was found guilty of sexual assault but later had his sentence overturned. She committed suicide in 2012 and now, Loeffler says, "I feel a duty to speak on her behalf."
The Olivier Assayas–directed thriller Personal Shopper, which stars Kristen Stewart as a personal shopper who moonlights as a medium, made its debut at Cannes this summer to an extremely varied reception: Some critics vehemently booed once the credits rolled, while others opined it was Stewart "at her very best." (I mean, she's the best actress of our generation, right?) But until the film gets released in March, the two trailers — in which Stewart finds herself haunted by a mysterious entity after trying to communicate with the ghost of her dead brother — will have to suffice. The Parisian fashion world has never looked so spooky. Go to Milan instead!
The feminist bookstore in Portlandia run by Toni (Carrie Brownstein) and Candace (Fred Armisen) is based on an actual specialty bookstore called In Other Words located in Portland's Northeast district. And this week, the staff of the real business made it clear that they don’t support the show’s further use of their store as a filming location. How clear did they make it, you ask? Well, there’s a new sign in the front window that says “Fuck Portlandia!” in big red letters with the words “transmisogyny,” “racism,” “gentrification,” “queer antagonism,” and “devaluation of feminist discourse” written underneath. The bookstore is actually part of a larger event space and community center, and the staff posted an explanation for the sign in a letter on their website. The letter is also titled “Fuck Portlandia” and it cites the production's poor treatment of their facility, staff, and neighboring businesses as reasons for cutting ties.
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