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OCTOBER 14, 2016 #1435

FALLS
BEST
NEW
SHOW

BEHIND THE SCENES


OF THE NBC SERIES
THATS GIVING
OUR TEAR DUCTS
A WORKOUT
By DAN SNIERSON

THE
TOP 10 THINGS
W E LOV E
THIS WEEK

 Rebecca Ferguson, Emily Blunt, and Justin Theroux

FERGUSON, THEROUX: BARRY WETCHER /DRE AMWORKS PICTURES (2); BLUNT: JESSICA MIGLIO; NO TOMORROW: DIYAH PER A/ THE CW; STAR WARS REBELS: DISNEY XD

M OV I E S

THE GIRL
ON THE TRAIN

Paula Hawkins psychological thriller gets a


scalp-tingling big-screen
adaptationand a riveting star turn from Emily
Blunt as the obsessed
alcoholic who knows
both too much and not
enough about a beautiful
woman (Haley Bennett)
whos gone missing. (R)

2 3 4 5
TV

NO TOMORROW

A wallflower (Tori

Anderson) meets her


dream guy (Galavants
Joshua Sasse) on this
quirky rom-com with
a dark twist: Said dream
guy believes in the
impending apocalypse.
As if first dates werent
stressful enough (Tuesdays, 9 p.m., The CW)

I L L U ST R AT I O N BY J O H N R I T T E R

B O O KS

NEWS OF THE
WORLD, by
Paulette Jiles

Jiles gorgeously

written noveljust longlisted for the National


Book Awardfollows
a retired soldier in 1870
tasked with bringing
a kidnapped 10-year-old
girl to her faraway relatives after her rescue.

P O D C A ST S

TV

The perfect auditory


treat to supplement
those Law & Order marathons, Kevin Flynn and
Rebecca Lavoies new
podcast breaks down
the ripped-from-theheadlines episodes of the
franchises original series,
plus SVU and Criminal
Intent. Dun-dun! (iTunes)

Cant wait for Rogue


One? Youre in luck:
Rebels is back and better
than ever. Grand Admiral
Thrawn recently joined
the universe, and the
storytelling leading up
to the plot of the movie
has never been more
important. (Saturdays,
8:30 p.m., Disney XD)

...THESE ARE
THEIR STORIES

STAR WARS
REBELS

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The Must List

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PLAYING LYNCH

Watch John Malkovich

reenact a number of
scenes from David
Lynchs legendary body
of work. From Twin Peaks
agent Dale Cooper to
Blue Velvets Frank Booth,
this internet mash-up
is not to be missed.
(playinglynch.com)

TV

INSECURE

From Issa Rae comes


this sharp and relatable
comedy about a twentysomething trying to find
her confidence while
contending with oblivious
co-workers and guy
problems. (Debuts Oct. 9,
10:30 p.m., HBO)
M OV I E S

13TH

Selma director Ava

DuVernays documentary
is a devastating, essential
study of racism via the
U.S. prison industry. Mixing 150 years of damning
history with todays news,
the film is destined to be
one of 2016s most talkedaboutand best. (Netflix)

MUSIC

A SEAT AT
THE TABLE,
Solange Knowles

Solange recruits
Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland,
and Q-Tip for her exquisite new album, which
addresses racism, pride,
and family roots, all
over dreamy melodies.
B O O KS

THE TRESPASSER,
by Tana French

In Frenchs latest
Dublin Murder Squad
novel, what seems to
be a straightforward
crime of passion yields
strange, disconcerting
twistsjust as the
detectives own paranoia
starts to get in the way.

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WEB

EMMY WINS BY NETWORK

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NETFLIX 9
PBS 8
FOX 7
AMAZON 6
NBC 6
ABC 4
A&E 4
ADULT SWIM 4
COMEDY CENTRAL 4
CARTOON NETWORK 4
CBS 3
AMC 2
CNN 2
CW 2
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL 2
SHOWTIME 2
USA 2

FX HAS BUILT ITSELF INTO THE


MOST EXCITING NETWORK ON TELEVISION
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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FEATURES

18

This Is Us
Delivering as many
tears as twists, falls
best new show has
America glued to the
couch (without a
superhero cape in
sight!). This Is Us, and
this is the series weve
been waiting for.
BY DAN SNIERSON

NEWS AND
COLUMNS

1
The Must List

6
Sound Bites

8
News & Notes

64

PLUS Five more


shows you need
to see.

The Bullseye

26

REVIEWS

Haley Bennett
Her performance in
The Girl on the Train
has rocketed her
to sudden fame and
generated Oscar
buzz. Meet the
actress we cant stop
talking about.
BY ISABELLA
BIEDENHARN

40
Movies

46
TV

54
Music

58
Books

30

South Park
The series is as sharp
as ever, with stellar
ratings and a bold
storytelling strategy.
Creators Trey Parker
and Matt Stone single
out the episodes,
characters, and
moments that deserve
the credit (or blame).
BY DARREN FRANICH

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Rachel Maddow
At the height of the
presidential election,
EW throws back a
few with the MSNBC
lodestar and wades
through the madness
of Trump, Clinton,
and the weird state
of our nation.
BY SEAN SMITH

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Rick Astley

BY CLARK COLLIS

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DRESS: MARC JACOBS

After two decades


away from the spotlight, the 80s pop
star is back with a
new albumand
embracing his status
as an internet
phenomenon.

ON THE COVER
Mandy Moore, Milo
Ventimiglia, Chrissy
Metz, Justin Hartley,
and Sterling K. Brown
photographed
exclusively for EW
by Art Streiber on
Sept. 30, 2016, in
Los Angeles

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I am going to be so calm and
so presidential that all of you watching
are going to cream your jeans.
Alec Baldwin, as Donald Trump in the
first presidential debate,, on Saturdayy Night
g Live

Dont call me, dont


text me, and stop tagging
me in funny memes!

Nothing
humbles a man
like gravity.

Kelsey (Hilary Duff),


to Chad (Dan Amboyer),
on Younger

Im giving
you 1980s
lesbian-agent,
disinterested,
pissed-off Ellen
Barkin fantasy.
Katya on the runway
of RuPauls Drag
Race All Stars

Maybe theres
a party you
can listen to.
Haley (Sarah Hyland) to Alex,
(Ariel Winter) regarding Alexs
college life, on Modern Family

Any place or
thing in the universe
can be up to
104 percent perfect.
Thats how
you got Beyonc.
Michael (Ted Danson) on The Good Place

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THE TWO-DAY FESTIVAL SHOWCASING


THE BIGGEST NAMES AND ACTS
ACROSS EVERY GENREMOVIES, TV,
MUSIC, BOOKS, AND MORE!

Unless youve been holed away


binging on Netflix (we get it), you
know the biggest event in pop
culture is just weeks away. On
Oct. 29 and 30, Entertainment
Weekly will fly off the page to
bring the ultimate fan experience to life. The two-day festival
at the Reef in L.A. has something
for everyone. Movie lovers will

get wild with Jennifer Aniston


and the cast of Office Christmas
Party, and Eddie Redmayne will
stop by with an exclusive sneak
peek of Fantastic Beasts and
Where to Find Them. Is TV more
your speed? The Greys Anatomy
doctors will be in the house for
Three Rounds, the stars of The
CWs superhero shows join exec
producer Greg Berlanti for a Q&A,

and Supernatural bros Jared


Padalecki and Jensen Ackles will
join the #SPNFamily gathering.
Music fans, weve invited Nick
Jonas, Tove Lo, Janelle Mone,
and more to the stage. And for
the bookworms: Anne Rice will
sign advance copies of her new
novel. And thats just to name a
few of the things we have scheduled. Tickets are available now!

1
The cast of the cult TV favorite Happy
Endings reunites for a live table read
of a brand-new episode.

2
Nick Jonas takes the crowd to awesome
Levels with his performance, while
Swedish songstress Tove Lo shows
shes the ultimate Cool Girl.

3
Anna Faris is more than qualified
to record an episode of her hilarious
podcast, Anna Faris Is Unqualified,
with some help from special
guest Seth Rogen.

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Jennifer Anistonalong with T.J. Miller,


Olivia Munn, and Courtney B. Vance
delivers all the festive fun with footage
from Office Christmas Party.

5
Eddie Redmayne brings the search for
Fantastic Beasts to PopFest with an
exclusive look at the upcoming film.

6
Villains, beware: Stephen Amell (Arrow),
Melissa Benoist (Supergirl), Grant
Gustin (The Flash), and Caity Lotz (DCs
Legends of Tomorrow) will be in attendance (and ready for your questions!).

7
Gilmore Girls creator Amy ShermanPalladino and executive producer
Dan Palladino reveal exclusive footage
from the shows Netflix revival.

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EW
10

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2016

HBO nally ung open the doors on its long-awaited dramabut a


rst glimpse at the futuristic Western raised a whole new round of questions.
Well, belly up to the bar, because we have some answers. B y J a m e s H ib b e rd
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JOHN P. JOHNSON/HBO (6)

Westworld:
Fall TVs Biggest Mystery

DoesHBOs
Future Include
a Game of
Thrones
Spin-off?

Evan Rachel Wood,


Anthony Hopkins,
James Marsden,
and Ed Harris

Finally, Westworld.
After two long years
in the making, HBO
unveiled its supersecretive sci-fi thriller
Sunday night to
mostly rave reviews
and intrigued fans.
So why do we have
even more questions
now than before?
Here we rustle up
some intel about
that mystery-stuffed
premiere.

IS WESTWORLD A HIT?

From Wild Wild West


to Cowboys & Aliens,
mixing the Western
and sci-fi genres has
had a rather disastrous track record in
Hollywood. But
Westworld is looking
like an anomaly:
3.3 million viewers
watched the first episode on premiere
night. That might not
sound like a lot, but
its HBOs biggest
drama-series premiere since True
Detective nearly three
years ago (which
itself was the channels most watched
drama debut since
Boardwalk Empire in
2010). A season 2
renewal seems
very likely.

GAME OF THRONES: HBO

BUT IS WESTWORLD
THE NEXT GAME
OF THRONES?

Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and


Lisa Joy modeled
Westworlds creative
world-building on
Game of Thrones

and even borrowed


the series composer,
Ramin Djawadi, for
their score. With GoT
planning only two
more seasonsand
only seven episodes
next year at that
HBO is hunting for its
next killer app
(pricey Vinyl tanked,
The Leftovers is going
into its final season,
and True Detective is
on an extended hiatus until the network
figures out what to
do with it). Ultimately,
Westworld doesnt
need to be Game of
Thrones (and is pretty
unlikely to reach that
series record-setting
20 million-plus viewer
mark). As long as
the series can at least
hold its own as
another True Bloodor Boardwalk Empirelevel performer, keeping HBO competitive
in the post-Netflix era,
itll be a win.

GUYS, WHENAND
WHEREARE WE?

Not since ABCs Lost


has a show opened
with so much uncertainty about its
setting. The showrunners recently let
slip that Westworld is
set in this century,
but that still leaves
more than eight
decades of potential
years. Where is the
bigger question:
Westworld was shot
in Utah, but it seems
unlikely Dolores
and the Man in Black
are anywhere close

to Salt Lake City.


The pilot contained
a cryptic reference to
the Westworld staff
rotating home, and
Joy hints the land
is terraformed
a term typically used
when referring to
making other planets
habitable. Hmm.

WHATS WITH THOSE


20TH-CENTURY
SONGS?

Viewers lit up Twitter


with the realization
that the Sweetwater
Saloon piano was
playing Soundgardens Black Hole
Sun and that a gunfight was scored to
an orchestral version
of the Rolling Stones
Paint It Black. Since
the series blends the
21st and 19th centuries, the showrunners
say they found it
similarly playful to
include music from
the period between
those two centuries.
Selfishly, we loved
using contemporary
music, Nolan says.

CAN WESTWORLD
STAY ON TRACK?

Weve all watched


enigmatic series that
begin strong, then
lose their way. Everything were hearing
from the cast, producd HBO insiders
ers, and
suggestts the writerss

nailed the back half of


the season, despite
or, actually, because
oftheir muchpublicized production
hiatus. There are so
many surprises that
take placein a good
way, storywise, says
Ed Harris, who plays
the Man in Black.
Not just for my character but for every
character.

THEN WHATS NEXT?

Episode 2 introduces
new guests to the
park (Ben Barnes and
Jimmi Simpson) who
will play a key role in
the weeks to come,
while the hosts gradually learn theyre
mechanical slaves to
human desireand
are pretty unhappy
about it. Getting
each script, we were
like comic-book fans
standing outside
waiting for the next
issue, says James
Marsden, who plays
host Teddy. Ive
never seen actors so
invested in a story
and debating its philosophy and themes.
We have, and theres
a word for those kind
of shows: hits.

Its not TV, were always


reminded, its HBO. And
HBO doesnt do spin-offs,
not ever, no matter how popular the show. But Game of
Thrones is a unique case
the networks highest-rated
and most awarded series of
all time is based on a sprawling universe of potential stories and characters by author
George R.R. Martin that
covers thousands of years of
Westeros history. Plus, the
show is a lucrative merchandising bonanza for the
network ($40 dragon-egg
wine-bottle stoppers, anyone?), and the company has
already invested millions in
sets, costumes, and props
that could be used for
another series. So does HBO
want a spin-off? Damn right
it does, and so does Martin.
There are so many properties and areas to go, HBO
programming president
Casey Bloys recently told
The Hollywood Reporter.
For us, its about finding the
right take and the right
writer. We hear Martin has
been actively talking to HBO
about various concepts, but
theres nothing in development yet. One major hiccup
is that HBO very much wants
GoT showrunners David
Benioff and Dan Weiss to
shepherd any new project,
but when asked about the
prospect, the Emmy-winning
duo have declared, For
us, this is it.
But for us, perhaps not.
J a m e s H i b b e r d

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MOM STIRS THE POT


In a broadcast-network first, the CBS
sitcom will explore the high (and low)
times of tween drug use. EW was on
set for the sure-to-be-buzzy episode.
B Y LY N E T T E R I C E


The 1998
Disney
film

MULAN RIDES BACK


INTO BATTLEFOR REAL

The China-set animated fable about a brave girl who fights in the
Imperial Army to save the life of her ailing father is the latest Disney classic
to get a live-action update, scheduled for 2018. B Y D E VA N C O G G A N

Disney is tackling its next


live-action tale as swiftly
as a coursing river and
with all the force of
a great typhoon. Mulan will
soon follow Alice, Belle,
and other Disney heroines
in leaping from animated
movie to live-action epic,
as the studio is officially
fast-tracking a new film
about the legendary warrior woman forced to disguise herself as a man, set
for release on Nov. 2, 2018.
Jurassic World writers
Rick Jaffa and Amanda
Silver rewrote Mulan from
a spec script Disney
bought last year, drawing

inspiration from the traditional Chinese ballad and


the 1998 animated film
starring Ming-Na Wen and
Eddie Murphy. Mulan joins
the studios other liveaction rebootsincluding
Jon Favreaus The Jungle
Book and the justannounced Lion King,
along with Maleficent,
Alice in Wonderland, and
the upcoming Beauty
and the Beast. (Given that
the Disney remakes have
largely been cleaning up at
the box office, expect that
list to keep growing.)
Theres no director yet,
but Mulan will soon launch

Harry Potter:
By the Numbers
Ten points to IMAX: Before Fantastic Beasts and
Where to Find Them bows in November, all eight Harry
Potter movies will return to theaters, starting Oct. 13.
To celebrate, we round up some of the series
most magical facts and figures. Accio popcorn!
B Y D E VA N C O G G A N

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a global search for a Chinese actress to play the


titular soldier. As Hollywood faces heavy criticism
for allegations of whitewashing Asian rolesthink
Tilda Swinton in Doctor
Strange, Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell,
and Emma Stone in Aloha
Mulan could mark an
important step forward for
Asian representation on
screen. And though theres
no word yet on whether the
new Mulan will be a musical, heres hoping we still
get an elaborate training
montage set to Ill Make a
Man Out of You.

Blake
Garrett
Rosenthal
and Anna
Faris

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Billions in
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Hogwarts
letters
crafted for
The Sorcerers
Stone

Pairs
of glasses
Daniel
Radcliffe went
through
while filming

Actors who
played
Dumbledore
(Richard Harris
and Michael
Gambon)

Years before
The Sorcerers
Stone that
Fantastic
Beasts
is set

Boy
Who
Lived

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The goal of the CBS sitcom Momat


least according to executive producer
Chuck Lorrehas always been to find
that balancing act between pathos
and comedy as it tells the story of a
recovering alcoholic named Christy
(Anna Faris) whose addict mom,
Bonnie (Allison Janney), moves in with
her and her two children. Now the
comedy, which returns for its fourth
season on Oct. 27, is planning to teeter
into even more delicate territory:
Christys 12-year-old son, Roscoe (Blake
Garrett Rosenthal), will smoke his first
joint. I thought we were five years
away from having to deal with this,
Christy says in the episode airing
Nov. 17. He still eats cereal with pirates
on the box.
Childhood curiosity about marijuana
has been tackled before in prime time:
In a 1993 episode of ABCs Roseanne,
Roseanne Barrs character finds a bag of
weed in her teenage daughters bedroom. (It turns out to be an old bag of
Roseannes.) But this is the first time a
show will address a middle schooler
actually toking up, even though viewers
wont see it. It happens, Lorre tells EW.
Children that are obscenely young get
their hands on drugs probably easier
than they can get their hands on alcohol. And like in real life, this special
episode wont get a happy sitcom
ending. It will play out over several
episodes, explains Lorre. Theres no
bow you put on this.

PODCAST WE LOVE

Keepin It 1600 With


Jon Favreau & Dan Pfeier
J O N FAV R E AU

DAN PFEIFFER

The hottest political show this campaign cycle


isnt The Daily Show or Morning Joeits a podcast
called Keepin It 1600 hosted by Jon Favreau, 35,
and Dan Pfeiffer, 40. Its become such a must-listen
that the duo recently doubled their output to two
episodes per week (with help from cohosts Tommy
Vietor and Jon Lovett). We talked to the former
Obama staffers about the podcasts meteoric rise
and this crazy election. BY RAY RAHMAN

how many Republicans listen to


the podcast. I dont know how
many of them are Trump supporters, but theyre Republicans.
The fact that our bias is so obvious and we make a little fun of it,
I think makes it easier for other
people to listen to.
F A V R E A U Its not like were former
liberal Obama partisans who are
now trying to be objective journalists. We dont pretend to be that.
P F E I F F E R This is not a gateway
to a career in journalism for
us. Quite the opposite, actually.
What are your postelection plans?

As people whove been on the inside,


what TV show do you think best
captures working in the White House?

How much did you guys know about


podcasts before starting one in May?
J O N F A V R E A U I did not know that
we would be able to host one!
When [The Ringer podcast
network creator Bill] Simmons
asked us once to do his podcast,
I thought, Thats pretty easy.
I can handle an interview. But
when he said, Oh, do you guys
want to try it yourself? I thought,
How the hell do you host a podcast? So the way that Dan and I
approached it was just, well, why
dont we just have a conversation
about politics and see what

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President
Barack Obama,
Jon Favreau,
and Dan Pfeiffer
in 2013

You have a standing invitation for


Hillary Clinton to be on the show, but
what about your old boss Obama?

Wed love to have him


on anytime, in any format
whether its when hes in the
White House or afterward. But he
also has a lot of things on his plate
that seem more important than
being on our podcast.
PF E I F F E R

happens? And it turns out that


was an okay formula.
D A N P F E I F F E R My big concern
when we started was, will we
be able to find enough stuff to
talk about and fill 45 minutes
to an hour a week? Fortunately,
Donald Trump solved that problem for us pretty early on. It
ended up becoming harder to
figure out what not to talk about.

As Democrats, you guys are very


open about your bias. Is your listenership more liberal because of it?
P F E I F F E R Ive been surprised by

F A V R E A U I always say that real politics is a cross between The West


Wing and Veep. So its not quite as
inspirational, music-swelling-inthe-background as West Wing,
and its not quite as screwball as
Veep. But I think of the current
shows on, Veep most accurately
captures what politics is.
P F E I F F E R I agree. Were also
rooting for Designated Survivor.
Our friend Kal Penn is on it!

Jon, do you ever get writer-director


Jon Favreaus mail? Or does he get
a lot of angry tweets meant for you?
F A V R E A U The number of congratulations on Twitter about the Lion
King remake that Im involved in
has been something. [Laughs]
I feel bad because probably before
this election, I dont think too many
people mixed him up for me, but
Im sure hes getting a bunch of
hate tweets now from Trump supporters, which he doesnt deserve.

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P F E I F F E R What well talk about is a


great question. Were going to keep
it up after the election for a while
and then see what format, frequency, etc., will make sense. Weve
only done this in the heat of Trump
mania, and so well have to see
what its like in a post-Trump world.
FA V R E A U And if the worst
happens and Trump wins, well be
doing the podcast from a secret,
undisclosed location.

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The diverse actors who are


changing pop culture

The Birth
of a Star
You may recognize Aja Naomi
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With Murder, but the 31-year-old
is about to make a big-screen
impression in the slave-rebellion
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Born and raised in Walnut, Calif.,


King grew up planning to be
a doctor on the advice of her
father, who told her to pick a
career where you will always be
necessary. But the sight of blood
made her queasy. So instead,
King chose acting, earning a
degree from the University of
California, Santa Barbara, where
she was the only black woman in
her program, before heading
east to the Yale School of Drama.
It was a given at UCSB that if
there was a role that called for a
person of color, it was going to
be handed to me, she says.
There were certain times when
maybe I didnt try as hard. Going
to Yale was a way more diverse
experience. After Yale, King
spent three years in New York
City juggling waitressing jobs
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a balance was tricky. Physical
exhaustion often impeded her
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I was getting in my own way,
says King, who finally left the
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nabbed a recurring role on the
e
short-lived ABC series Black
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For her highest-profile film role
to date, King plays Cherry, the
wife of Nat Turner (Nate Parker),
in The Birth of a Nation, a movie
thats garnered headlines following news of a 17-year-old rape case
against Parker. (He was acquitted.)
King, who previously praised the
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me to find my voice, and that
has been invaluable, she says.
Love is a complicated emotion
because you can learn something
or hear something that goes
against what you have come to
know personally. It can be very
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King is still hopeful the film can
spark conversations about race in
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to walk and live and breathe
freely, and we still have to be so
fully aware of how powerless we
are, she says. We can stand up
and speak out and be brave, and
this should remind us of that.
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( Clockwise from top left ) Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, and Sterling K. Brown photographed on Sept. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles

BY

Delivering as many tears as twists, falls best new show has America glued to the
couch (without a superhero cape in sight!). This Is Us , and this is the series weve been waiting for.

well, it appears to be 1993. Here in a high school parking lot,


a goateed Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) is standing by a
wood-paneled Jeep Grand Wagoneer and ripping into his sons
clad in opposing-team football uniformsfor brawling
on the field during the game. What the hell were you thinking
out there?! he shouts, as his wife, Rebecca (Mandy Moore),
tries to calm him. Your mother and I didnt raise you like that!
Both of you! Now, do your handshake and make up! The teens
look toward Mom but find no mercy. Do it now, she seconds.

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Oh, dude, this is a heartbreaker,


Ventimiglia enthuses.
The episode begins and ends the same
way, but in reverse order, Moore hints. Its
an echo of their relationship, told through
the life cycle of a washing machine...and we
highlight the journey that this relationship
has taken and where they nd themselves
now, which isits not a good spot. It feels
ominous. I would say, hmmm, maybe three
tissue boxes?
Id give it three, Ventimiglia agrees,
and one of those little handy-packs you
put in your pocket.
Stock up, buckle up, and try to keep
up: The story of Us is just getting started.
The No. 1-rated new broadcast network
series among 18- to 49-year-olds may not
be a surprise hitsee: the trailers 100
million views, the early critical praise
but it certainly hits viewers with surprises.
Created by Crazy, Stupid, Love screenwriter Dan Fogelman, the series (Tuesdays
at 9 p.m. on NBC) presented itself as a
tale about thirtysomethings who share the
same birthdayJack, whose sexy celebration with very-pregnant-with-triplets wife
Rebecca is interrupted when she goes
into labor and loses one baby during childbirth; Kevin (Justin Hartley), star of the

sitcom The Manny, whose desire to be


taken seriously results in a viral meltdown
and a career shake-up; Kate (Chrissy
Metz), Kevins plus-size twin sister and
personal assistant who seeks to change
her life and body; and Randall (Sterling K.
Brown), a successful family man who is
compelled to track down his biological
father, William (Ron Cephas Jones).
But near the end of the pilot, a heartwarming head rush of a twist suddenly
changed the game: Thanks to a reghter
lighting up a cigarette in a Pittsburgh hospital (Hey! You cant smoke inohhhhh!), we
realized that we were actually watching
Jack and Rebecca 36 years ago as the
new parents of Kate, Kevin, and Randall
(dubbed the Big Three), while their grownup stories were unspooling in present day.
Episode 2 of This Is Us then followed that
wow! with an ow! (and a how?) in the nal
scene when present-day Rebecca, a.k.a.

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They perfunctorily execute a series of


hand slaps before the family silently piles into
the car and Rebecca stares vacantly out
the window as a world-weary Jack drives o.
While lming this scene for the new
time-tripping, emotion-dripping family
dramedy This Is Us, Ventimiglia never
wavers in intensity (in one take, an F-bomb
even slips out), but the mood remains light:
You kiss Mandy Moore with that mouth?
the boys rib him between takes. This
episode, which unspools the fraught saga
of Kevin and Randalls rocky relationship
as brothers over several decades, marks the
rst time that viewers will see the family
in the early 90sso far weve visited 1979,
1988, and present day. Which means yet
another set of young actors has been hired
to play Jack and Rebeccas kids, this time as
teens. Each age range is a dierent
dynamic, observes Moore. Eight-yearoldsaregoingtobeeight-year-olds.Thirteen-yearolds are going to start puberty and all that
craziness. Adds Ventimiglia, Babies
are going to crap themselves, theyre not
going to sleep when you tell them to, and
theyre not going to cry on cue.
Speaking of weeping, perhaps these
two can tell us how many tissue boxes they
would rate this episode?

( Clockwise
from above )
Ventimiglia
and Moore;
Chris Sullivan
and Metz;
Ron Cephas
Jones and
Brown; Hartley
( center )

(THIS SPRE AD) RON BATZDORFF/NBC (4)

The This Is Us lightbulb

Grandma, dropped by Randalls house with


Grandpa, but Grandpa turned out to be
Jacks best friend, Miguel (Jon Huertas).
Where is Jack? Bitterly divorced? Dead? At a
Steelers game? All theories welcome.
The show oers more than bearingsbusting surprises, though. In a landscape of
cynical, conspiratorial, nihilistic high-art TV,
the intricately crafted This Is Us stands out
with its unabashedly sentimental and life-

arming MO. Even the amiable puppeteer


behind the feel-good hit of the fall underestimated how many heartstrings the show
would pull. I always knew what the series
was going to be, I knew what the second
episode was going to be, I knew how it was
going to end, says Fogelman. I didnt realize it would be so cathartic and emotional
for peopleand even myself. Theres
something just big about it I cant explain.

illuminated a few years ago when Fogelman


noticed the kaleidoscopic contrast of his
friends lives on his Facebook feed. He rst
saw a movie idea about people going through
very dierent things at the exact same age
and the ripple eect that our parents actions
have on our lives at crossroad moments
but soon realized he could go deeper with a
TV show. He also wanted to play with nonlinear storytelling. Imagine you had 10 VHS
tapes of your entire adolescence and your
parents marriage, and you mixed them up
in a bag, so you dont know what order
youre going to be watching them, he says.
Just by the way your dad and mom are talking from behind that camera you can say,
Oh, there was a little more tension during
that period in their lives. Something got
better there. Something got worse there.
The pilot script became a hot property

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around town; NBC won the bidding war


among several networks. We were itching
for a really unique and groundbreaking
soap as an alternative [to procedurals] to
our viewers, says NBC Entertainment
president Jennifer Salke. Fogelman brainstormed a multi-decade timeline for the
Pearsons and assembled a group of writers
(some of them playwrights) who were
willing to go deep and personal. The rst
week in that writers room was one of
the most intense weeks of work Ive ever
had, declares Fogelman, who also created
Galavant and The Neighbors. People were
revealing the hardest tragedies in their lives,
the most uplifting moments. You were
numb by the end of the week.
Meanwhile, a diverse cast was recruited,
including Sterling K. Brown, who had yet
to win his Emmy for FXs The People v. O.J.
Simpson: American Crime Story. It was
intriguing to play somebody who is frequently a sh out of water, explains Brown.
And the part with the father resonates
hugely because of having lost my father at
10 and recognizing how deep that goes.
American Horror Story alum Chrissy Metz
was hooked by just the description of Kate,
whos loosely based on Fogelmans sister,
now a consultant on the show. (The writers
also met with experts on issues like food
addiction and transracial adoptions.) Theres
a plus-size girl whos remotely attractive
who has somebody interested in her and
shes dealing with her self-worth? marvels
Metz. I was like, Oh my God, theres a real
story heresomething really important that
needs to be addressed on network television.
The producers (including Crazy directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa) were
having diculty casting the role of Kevin
until Justin Hartley (Revenge) auditioned.
John was like, How can a person that
f---ing good-looking be funny? says Fogelman, chuckling. He was so annoyed by
that. Moorewho knew Fogelman from
Tangled, which he wrotewas cast as
Rebecca after nailing her Im done letting
you lower our score speech to Jack. As
for our patriarch, Fogelman rethought the
character after meeting with Heroes alum
Ventimiglia. I was picturing a much more

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Every
episode will
have some
form of
storytelling
which makes
you go
either aw!
or ah!
DAN FOGELMAN

normal, schlubbier guy, like me, recalls


Fogelman. Milo came in with long hair,
beard, a motorcycle, and a leather jacket.
There was blue-collar alpha-ness, a kind of
optimism to him, like Im going to will
this family forward, that I hadnt intended.
But it was so clear that thats the guy.
America also seemed to put family rst:
The shows Sept. 20 debut drew 14.6 million
viewers (including a week of DVR playback),
with social media autter over the twist.
One of the things I love about sports is
when you see something amazing happen
and everyone in the room goes, WHAT?!
says Hartley. Thats what people were
doing, just admitting that mind-blow: You
got me. But it wasnt a gimmick.
Gimmick or not, introducing various
incarnations of the Big Three does come
with its challenges. Not only do you have
to nd kids who can closely approximate
and feel like our three adult actors, they

Moore, Brown,
Metz, and
Hartley photographed by
Ventimiglia

also need to carry a lot of material, says


Fogelman. And then you need to put them
together to make sure one kid doesnt feel
older than the other kids, and that they
feel all right together. Meanwhile, Ventimiglia and Moore have to jockey between
playing wide-eyed and well-worn parents
and everything in between. When I sat
down for that initial meeting with Dan and
we went in the writers room and saw
the timeline written out around the [wall],
I was like, Holy s---, Im going to have
a panic attack, because I have to have so
much information and backstory in my
brain at all times, says Moore. Ive
decided that Im just going to take it on
a need-to-know basis because otherwise
I would be drowning trying to gure
everything out. (Perhaps now isnt the
best time to inform her that by seasons
end, Fogelman says, the show will have
explored at least six time periods.)

Of course, the biggest time jump for


Moore (and Huertas) was in episode 2. The
actress went through ve tests before
the makeup team formulated a proper aging
makeover, which includes a dozen small
prosthetics on her face and neck; she also
worked with a physicality coach. (It passed
muster with Metz: When she saw Moore
for the rst time as a grandma, she did a
double take and started crying.) While youll
see more of Rebecca and Miguel in the
next episode, you wont nd out exactly how
she wound up with him instead of Jack for
a while. If theres a mystery, it will be with
the details of what happened, says Fogelman. But some of the big-picture information youll have by the end of the season.
Some fans seemed to have already made
up their minds. I had a ood of messages
saying, What? F--- Miguel! Are you kidding
me? Where are you? Did you get divorced?
says Ventimiglia. [After] two episodes I feel

like people were really, really in love with


Jack and Rebecca. What Ive been saying to
everyone was Just wait. The couples
disconnect will increase as Jack becomes
consumed with a new corporate job and
Rebecca revisits the music career she abandoned to be a mom (which reintroduces
an old bandmate played by Sam Trammell).
What else looms ahead for the Pearson
family? Every episode will have some form
of storytelling which makes you go either
aw! or ah! says Fogelman, before noting
that hes mindful of not going too far in
either direction. It is something Im
monitoring, actually, he says. Lets make
sure were not all going crazy and trying
to make every scene a cry.... Tying something
together in an interesting way can be as fullling as a big twist. Well get heartbreaking
insight into young William in episode 3,
which also reveals his unexpected connection with Rebecca. Kevin relocates to New
York, where he will land a role in a pretentious O Broadway play opposite a blunt
British actress (Janet Montgomery).
William and Randall will continue their
complicated getting-to-know-you process
with Williams terminal illness looming.
Theres something about blood, and your
blood induces this love thing, no matter
if its good love or bad love or dicult love,
says Jones. Randalls protective wife, Beth
(Susan Kelechi Watson), starts dropping
her guard too. Kate will explore dierent
ways to lose weight, and an encounter with
the ex-wife of her new beau Toby (Chris
Sullivan) will put stress on their relationship. Also, an unlikely pair of characters will
form an intense bond over pot brownies.
In the meantime, though, prepare to
see a family tale told with equal parts earnestness and inventiveness. Its so nice
that theres something so dierent, because
I believe that we all have this light within,
we all crave that, even if its not cool, even
if we secretly watch the show in our bedrooms, says Metz. Its like the kids who
wore their backpacks with two straps. Its
only one strap if youre cool. But then people started wearing two straps, and youre
like, Oh, this is cool too. This is a two-strap
show. And at least as many tissues. X

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unpretentious academic Tom
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everyone important in Washing-

ton. While the world questions


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sincehey!that other actionpacked Sutherland joint, 24.

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Why you should watch Created by and starring Donald


Glover, this insightfully weird comedy follows the perennially
broke Earn (Glover) and his entourage as they chase
fortune in the music industry. Its also a surreal examination
of what its like to be young, poor, and black in the South,
and Glovers version of Atlanta sucks you in with its heightened absurdity (Justin Bieber is black in this universe)
and strong sense of place. And his specific worldview is
brilliantly amplified by a scene-stealing supporting cast,
which includes Zazie Beetz, who plays Van, Earns best friend
and the mother of his child.
Whats coming up Youre going to see a little bit more into
Van and Earns relationship, says Beetz. Theres an episode
devoted to seeing why they care for each other and how they
care for each other. Chancellor Agard

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Natascha McElhone and Kiefer Sutherland

Whats coming up The challenges are coming fast and furious


for the new president on the
national and international front,
says executive producer Jon
Harmon Feldman, who promises
that viewers will learn who blew
up the Capitol by seasons end. In
the meantime, Kirkman continues
to doubt that Islamic terrorists
were responsible for the attack,
while troubles flare up again in
Michigan, where a Kirkman aide
gets caught in the governors
crosshairs. Kirkman also has
to face a growing number of
domestic enemies who think hes
unfit for office. (Heres looking at
you, newly appointed chief of
staff Aaron Shore, played by Adan
Canto.) Youll see week to week
how the attacks come at every
turn, says Feldman. Lynette Rice

ED TO SEE

This Is Us may have won our hearts


from the start, but there are five other
new shows that weve fallen for, too

 Kristen Bell and Ted Danson

Westworld
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The Good Place


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Why you should watch Lost


meets Pygmalion meets Ethics 101
in this inventive comedy created
by Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation). Kristen Bell shines as Eleanor,
a recently departed do-not-sogooder who inexplicably lands in
the titular afterlife designed
by Ted Dansons Michaeland
promptly starts forking everything
up. Luckily, she has ethics professor and assigned soul mate Chidi
(William Jackson Harper) to teach
her how to be better. But Eleanor
isnt the only one with a past. Dif-

NBC

ferent denizens backstories


get explored each episode, challenging what good really means.
The Good Place may be about
perfection, but The Good Place is
more interested in imperfections.
Whats coming up When
Michael recruits Eleanor to help
him find his projects flawthe flaw
being, um, hershe must figure
out how to sabotage his mission
in a moral way. Shes caught in
a weird vortex, Schur says. Shes
trying to help him but also trying
to slow him down. Shirley Li

 Ben Sinclair

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Why you should watch This thrilling intellectual sci-fi creep


show reworks Michael Crichtons 1973 film about a futuristic
theme park staffed by android hosts and upends the premise:
What if these ultra-advanced robots are the heroes and the
callous human guests are the villains? The cast includes
Anthony Hopkins as the parks founder and Ed Harris as a sinister veteran guest dubbed the Man in Black, but its Evan
Rachel Wood as an ingenue host and Jeffrey Wright as the parks
lead programmer who keep our mental hard drives spinning.
Whats coming up The first two episodes launch a dizzying
array of mysteriesWhere is this place? Whats the Delos
corporations secret plan? Whats the Man in Blacks mysterious
quest?and thankfully Westworlds showrunners Jonathan
Nolan and Lisa Joy know all the answers, having plotted five
years of the show before season 1 finished filming. Expect puzzle
pieces to gradually fall into place amid ground-shaking twists.
Teases Nolan: The hosts will come to understand their world
and are very pissed off about their place in it. James Hibberd

Anthony Hopkins (center)

High Maintenance
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Why you should watch The


acclaimed web series created by
Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair
about a weed dealer known
as The Guy (Sinclair) didnt lose
any buzz in its leap to TV. If
anything, the half-hour format has
only increased the shows emotional potency: The first season
tells keenly observed short stories
about New Yorkersplayed by
a rotating cast of guest starswho,
for a variety of reasons, want to
light up. Some episodes induce
tears. Others (including a vignette

with Downton Abbeys Dan


Stevens) prompt laughter. One
even stars a dog. You just never
know what kind of high youll get.
Whats coming up With an
ever-changing cast of customers,
Sinclair can only offer a single clue.
Youre gonna learn more about
The Guy, he promises, adding
that he and Blichfeld are currently
building the shows second season, which HBO ordered in late
September. Were in that phase of
absorbing trend stories, personalities, and tics, he says. Shirley Li

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By I S A B E L L A
BIEDENHARN
@ISABELLA324
Photograph by

AMANDA MARSALIS

HER PERFORMANCE IN

THE GIRL ON
THE TRAIN
HAS ROCKETED HER TO
SUDDEN FAME AND
GENERATED OSCAR BUZZ.
BUT HALEY BENNETT IS NO
BLUSHING INGENUE. MEET
THE ACTRESS WE CANT
STOP TALKING ABOUT.

S H O R T LY A F T E R TAT E TAY L O R
agreed to direct the adaptation of
Paula Hawkins best-selling thriller
The Girl on the Train, a strange
thing happened. He started getting
phone calls from industry friends
casting directors, costume
designers, even the films star,
Emily Bluntwith a similar message. Theyd each met an actress
who was perfect for the part of
Trains most enigmatic character,
Megan Hipwellthe beautiful
young woman whose seemingly
perfect marriage captivates Blunts
depressed alcoholic, Rachel
Watson. To a one, Taylor says,
colleagues would mention a certain actress, then say something
like, I cant really put it into words,
but she is Megan. Shes kinda
kooky, but shes cool...youve just
gotta meet her. So he did.
When Haley Bennett visited
Taylors Mississippi home in the
summer of 2015 for a get-toknow-you meeting that included
ATV races, he quickly understood
what everyone had been raving
about. It was one of those
situations where you love her
personality, you love her look, you
love her energy, her sexuality, he
says. And you think, God, I hope
she can act.
Boy, can she. Her mesmerizing
performance flits from vixen to
victim, from cloaked hauteur to
naked agony, often in a single
moment, and it has catapulted
Bennett to the top of Hollywoods
It Girl list. But it sure took a hell of
a long time to get there. She
moved from Ohio to L.A. at 18 and
quickly booked the role of an
imperious teen pop diva opposite
Hugh Grant in 2007s Music and
Lyrics. The life and career shed
dreamed of had come true, and
her future seemed boundless. But
then, almost as quickly, things
stalled. I struggled for many,
many years following Music and
LyricsI mean really struggled,
says Bennett, 28. I always wanted
to do things on my own terms,
and unfortunately in this industry,
thats not something that is easily
given. Youre at the mercy of other
people, but then you still have that
drive to continue on. Thats an
equation for a lot of heartbreak.

YO U R F I E L D
GUIDE TO
H A L EY S
( AND HAIL EYS, HAY L EYS,
AND HAILEES)

PROFESSION

Actress
AGE

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70

KNOWN FOR

The Parent
Trap (1961)
H AY L E Y
MILLS

PROFESSION

Actress
AGE

28

KNOWN FOR

HALEY
BENNETT

The Girl on
the Train
(2016)

PROFESSION

Actress
AGE

19

KNOWN FOR

HAILEE
STEINFELD

Pitch
Perfect 2
(2015)

PROFESSION

Singersongwriter
AGE

27

KNOWN FOR

much as that gift made her the


perfect actress to portray Megan,
it also made playing the role
extremely difficult. There was
something about being in this
world, and literally being in
Megans snakeskin shoes, that
made my skin crawl, she says.
I really felt uncomfortable in my
own skin, but I thought that was
okay because I think Megan feels
uncomfortable in her own skin.
There is much more to Megan
than meets the eye, and her
traumatic past is explored in flashbacks after she goes missing and
Rachel becomes obsessed with
solving the mystery. Theres this
quality about Meganyou want to
take care of her, Bennett says.
Shes somebody that you want
to save. Its a star-making performance, one that might propel
Bennett into the Oscar race.

After a decade of setbacks,


shes suddenly an overnight successand this time with no sign
of slowing down. In November
shell play a Hollywood singer
opposite Alden Ehrenreich
(a.k.a. the new Han Solo) in Warren
Beattys Rules Dont Apply, and she
will star with Miles Teller and Amy
Schumer in Jason Halls Thank You
for Your Service in 2017.
I feel at home on set now,
Bennett says. Its taken 10 years,
but I feel okayIve been on
enough sets and Ive worked with
some incredible tastemakers and
actors. She thinks of her time with
Beatty, another legend responsible
for a few titles scribbled on
her weathered list, and lets out a
chuckle of disbelief. Never in
my wildest dreams could I have
imagined my life the way it is
today. Or what its about to be.

H AY L E Y
WILLIAMS

Lead vocalist
of Paramore

PROFESSION

Supermodel
AGE

21

KNOWN FOR

HAILEY
C L AU S O N

Sports
Illustrated
Swimsuit
Issue

PROFESSION

Actor
AGE

28

KNOWN FOR

The Sixth
Sense
(1999)
HALEY
JOEL
OSMENT

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While she scrounged money


together from friends just to afford
rides to her auditions, filmmakers
shed read for would write her
encouraging but apologetic letters
about why they almost cast her.
[Those letters] never really made
sense to me, Bennett says. It was
made out to seem like it wasnt
my fault somehow, just maybe the
fault of this weird industry.
With the smaller projects she
did land, like Gregg Arakis 2011
sci-fi sex comedy Kaboom, she
began to make important connections and went about learning
everything she could. My existence became a film school, in a
way, Bennett says. I was like a
sponge on set, and I had a piece of
paper where I would have all the
filmmakers I was working with add
the films that had inspired them.
At a certain point it was my most
valuable possession.
Eventually Bennett caught a
break from a legendary director
whod actually made films on her
treasured list: Terrence Malick. In
2011, the Tree of Life auteur cast
her in his untitled project formerly
known as Weightless, a movie that
will finally be released next March.
He also wrote her a recommendation to Antoine Fuqua, who put her
in his 2014 film The Equalizer and
most recently in last months
The Magnificent Seven, in which
she plays the vengeful widow who
hires that band of renegades to
protect her Western town. Haleys
got a toughness about her, but
shes really delicateshe feels the
direction of the wind, Fuqua says.
Thats a rare, precious balance to
have: where you just feel vulnerable and still have the audience
worry for you, but at the same
time, when you pick up a gun and
start shooting, they believe it.
Bennett admits her emotions
are never far from the surfacean
invaluable quality in her profession,
but one that has its drawbacks. As

( From top )
Haley
Bennetts
busy 2016:
The Girl on
the Train;
The Magnificent Seven;
Rules Dont
Apply

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H E R E , C R E AT O R S T R E Y PA R K E R A N D M AT T S T O N E S I N G L E
O U T T H E E P I S O D E S , C H A R A C T E R S , A N D M O M E N T S T H AT
D E S E R V E T H E C R E D I T ( O R B L A M E ) . By DARREN FRANICH @DarrenFranich

QUINTUPLETS 2000

YOURE GETTING OLD


Parker and Stone are contracted
with Comedy Central through
2019, but back in June 2011, they

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put out this downbeat episode,


featuring a Fleetwood Mac
soundtrack, that some thought
was a surprise series finale. That
was the year Book of Mormon
[premiered on Broadway], Parker
explains. Wed done this other
big thing, and we were exhausted.
In fairness, the producers
expected that South Park would
end a long time before that. Says
Parker: We thought the movie
was going to be our swan song.
Leave it all on the table. But
1999s South Park: Bigger, Longer
& Uncut was a critical and commercial success, and its censorship theme still resonates today.

IS SOUTH PARK GROWING UP?


Youre Getting Old captured a
key idea underpinning the shows
recent seasons: that the characters (and the creators themselves)

are aging, getting more cynical


and maybe less wise. The perspective has frequently shifted
from the child characters to denizens like Stans irate dad, Randy.
When we started the show, I
would do Randy as an impersonation of my father, says Parker.
Now its just my voice. Ive
become my father. Adds Stone:
The shows more mature, in a
way. It deals with the anxieties that
are a mature persons anxieties.

back fondly. In the premiere, the


adults of South Park become
obsessed with Member Berries,
adorable little talking fruits
that say things like Member
Chewbacca?! and Member the
80s?!but also occasionally
mutter, Member when there
werent so many Mexicans? Last
year was about us getting old,
[thinking] Are we out of touch?
says Stone. This season, were
finding this new theme: the good
parts and bad parts of nostalgia.

MEMBER BERRIES
Appropriate for a milestone 20th
season, the latest run of episodes
kicked off with one that looked

FROM THROWAWAY JOKES


TO ICONS
Wheelchair-bound Timmy was
created for a minor bit, but Parker
and Stone fell in love with him.
Timmys rival Jimmy was supposed
to die in his first appearance. PC
Principal, introduced in season 19,
was imagined as a one-off gag

FIRE: GET T Y IMAGES/EYEEM; ALL OTHERS: COMEDY CENTR AL (29)

South Park was a cultural phenomenon in its 1997 debut season, but
it soon evolved into a lacerating
political satire. Parker and Stone
first realized the benefits of topicality in April 2000 while working
on an episode about quintuplets
in a circus. We couldnt think of
an Act 3, explains Parker. Then
heavily armed federal Border
Patrol agents were filmed storming a Miami house to retrieve Elian
Gonzalez from his relatives, and
Stone and Parker pounced. We
put it in the show, says Parker.
That happened on a Saturday; we
aired it on Wednesday. People went
crazy, like, How did you do that?

RISKIER
COUTH
character; he wound up with a
starring role throughout season
19. Meanwhile, in the spirit of
playful competitiveness, the
creators have considered a maincharacter fatality. There was that
moment, a couple years ago,
when The Simpsons were going
to kill off a major character, says
Stone. We were like, Lets be
super hardcore. Lets just f---ing kill

Kyle. The long-suffering Jewish


voice of reason survivesfor now.

to deal with: their own. Well sit


here for two hours talking about an
idea, says Parker. Ill be like, This
really sounds familiar. And you
find out we did that 8 or 13 years
ago. But heres one thing The
Simpsons never did: The last two
seasons of South Park have
steadily become more serialized,
following story threads across
multiple episodes. It was a cool
thing to experiment with, says
Stone, and it fit with the theme of
the town starting to modernize.

BEWARE ERIC CARTMAN


THE SIMPSONS
ALREADY DID IT
Back in 2002, the show aired this
classic episode, a very meta
lament about the inability to tell an
original animated story in the
shadow of The Simpsons. Now
the creators have another legacy

South Park still maintains its


famously breakneck start-six-daysto-air production schedule. So
far, season 20 has featured subplots about internet trolling, a
schoolyard feminist uprising, and
the presidential election. And even
though theyve made loose plans

with the new long-form strategy,


they want to keep surprising themselves. Were trying to f--- with
expectations of being serialized,
says Stone. As of right now,
Cartman really hasnt done anything wrong. [But] his sinister plans
are always a well for us to go to.

SOUTH PARK REDUX?


Reboot auteur J.J. Abrams
appeared in animated form in the
season 20 premiere, called upon
by a country in crisis to reboot The
Star-Spangled Banner. Remarkably, that episode saw South Park
earn its highest ratings in 10 years.
We have no idea why! says Stone.
What we should have done is
quit the show after season 5. Then
we could have done a reboot.
Thats what everyone else is doing.
We cant even reboot ourselves,
because we never went away. X

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Rachel Maddow photographed


on Sept. 29, 2016, at Hurleys
Saloon in New York City

THREE ROUNDS

Rachel
After
Dark
At the height of the
presidential election,
EW throws back a few
with MSNBC lodestar

Rachel Maddow
and wades through the
madness of Trump,
Clinton, and the weird
state of our nation.
BY

SEAN SMITH

PHOTOGRAPHS BY

MATTHEW SALACUSE

Rachel Maddow knows how to take the edge o.


Amid the vitriol and venom of Americas most poisonous presidential campaign in recent memory, Maddow, 43, has proved to be
a consistent antidote of insight, analysis, and sanity. Each weeknight on MSNBCs The Rachel Maddow Show (9 p.m.), she and her
team strive to strip away the noise and explore how and why we
are living in this moment in history. In an age of political tweets,
she has embraced depth and become the queen of context.
Whether were Democrat or Republican, she makes us smarter. O
screen, shes the author of the best-seller Drift: The Unmooring of
American Military Power and has been in a relationship with neart photographer Susan Mikula, 58, for 17 years. They share an
apartment in Greenwich Village, a home in Massachusetts, and two
black Labs named Poppy and Charms. As the election enters its
nal weeks, EW invited Maddow to hang out for a few after-work
drinks at the storied Hurleys Saloon in midtown Manhattan. We
were eager to get a peek inside the process of her show and hear
her thoughts on the state of the race. Plus, wed read that she mixes
a mean martini. She did not disappoint.

ROUND 1

And you got a whole new life.

Guinness, tree stumps, and the


paper tornado
E W Your show just wrapped for the
night. If we werent here drinking,
what would you be doing?
R A C H E L M A D D O W In the process of
making the show, I make what
I call the paper tornadomultiple
piles array out from my desk like
these series of orbits. So when
I come back to the office after the
show, its always a shock: What
happened here? This is terrible. So
I spend a little time dealing with
that, and then I go home. Susan
is a morning person, so by the time
I get home she has fallen asleep.
But as soon as I get in, the dogs
wake up and that wakes her up. Its
like Christmas morning, and then
we have midnight dinner.

You and Susan met in 1999, when


you were working on your dissertation and doing odd jobs. She
hired you to dig up tree stumps?

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ROUND 2
Old-Fashioned, Russian dolls,
and Dan Rather
Lets talk about your show. You
have a Ph.D. from Oxford University. So why isnt it called the Dr.
Rachel Maddow Show?

[Laughs] I think, in general, if you


call yourself a doctor, you better
be able to administer a Pap smear
or at least draw blood. I dont
want to create any expectations.
Your monologues have become a
signature of the show. The night
of Donald Trumps immigration
speech on Aug. 31, you did a segment on the collapse of the Whig
Party in the mid19th century and
the rise of this anti-immigrant
Know-Nothing party. There were
such eerie parallels to today.

I was so riveted by the spectacle


of what he had donethe ranting
about the immigrants coming
to kill us all. One of the things
going on in this election cycle is
that a lot of stuff feels unprecedented, and I feel like its my job
and its also helpful to me as a
citizento find the right allegories
in our own past to understand
what challenges weve been
through as a country that are like
this, and what might happen next.

( Clockwise from above )


Maddow with her partner, Susan Mikula;
having drinks at Hurleys; during her
Whig Party segment; with Dan Rather

So how did Donald Trump become


the Republican nominee?

Donald Trump has wanted to run


for president for a long time, since
before 2000, and he knows what
appeals about him as an idea.
Hes marketed his own persona for
decades. The thing that explains
where he is now is this weak,
failing Republican Party. It was just
a house of cards. If he wins,
hes going to be much more a part
of what the Republican Party
becomes. If he doesnt, I dont know

how they rebuild themselves.


Its possible they could pretend
this was all a fever dream.
Why do you think Hillary Clinton
inspires so much antipathy?

Part of it is just partisan warfare.


There was a period when Democrats couldnt see George W. Bush
as anything other than a lizard
person. But theres an element of
her getting two rounds of it. She
got a whole first round of it as the
First Lady, and now shes getting a

MADDOW AND MIKUL A: AL AMY

Yeah, she needed unskilled, lowwage labor and I was like, Im


your guy. When we met, Susan
had just bought a house out in the
middle of nowhere in western
Massachusetts. Its really underpopulated, but she had assumed
that shed be able to get, like, a
high school boy for a whole series
of things: lawn mowing, driveway
shoveling, thorny-bush removal.
But there were no high school
boys within 70 miles. So she got
me insteadfor $8 a hour.

I got a whole new life. But we


still have a hard time trying to find
someone to do the driveway.

seem particularly tickled when


Dan Rather pops by.

I do love talking to Dan Rather. Hes


always busting out some great
Dan Ratherism. What was it he said
on the show the last time ...
Oh, that this campaign is going
to be as nasty as a...

...frat-house bathroom on
New Years Eve! [Faux-swoons]
Oh, Dan! Do it again! [Laughs]

ROUND 3

Dewars neat, time management,


and crying
Your show has been on the air
since September 2008. Do you
feel like youve mastered it?

No. I mean, I stillIm supposed


to produce 47 minutes of content,
and tonight we were 12 and a
half minutes over! I have to literally
run for half of my day to get into
the makeup room on time. My
office is a hazmat scene. Part of
that is that Im bad at time management. And part of it is that Im
moved by what I do.
It shows. Sometimes I feel like
you have to work to hold back your
emotions on camera.

Im a really easy crier. Its not every


night, but its definitely more than
once a week that I have tears
on the air. Im not moving myself.
Im moved by the material. Yeah,
I get weepy. I cry every single
time I hear the national anthem.
[Pauses] It has cut down on my
baseball watching. [Laughs]

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Youre 43 now. How are you feeling about your life and career?

If Hillary winsand
succeeds as presidentshes going to
be one of the toughest people weve ever
seen in the American
public eye.

second. And shes the first woman


[who could become president].
Thats a series of Russian dolls
each more terrifying than the
lastin terms of the amount of
dehumanizing hatred that people
can draw up about her. If she
winsand if she succeeds as
presidentshes going to be one
of the toughest people weve ever
seen in the American public eye.
You seem to have a great time
with your returning guests. You

This sounds corny, but I do go to


work grateful that I get the
chance to do this for money.
I get to say what I want and cover
what I want. I work with a really
great staff. But doing the show
every day, five days a week,
50 weeks a year, its a slog. Thats
why its important to have a wall
around your life. The most important thing in my life isnt my
job. Its my personal life. Its my
relationship. So I try to keep
everything balanced. I try to exercise. I dont drink cocktails on
school nights. I leave New York on
the weekends. And I dont make
friends with politicians.

SPEED ROUND

If Donald
Trump Were
an Anmal
Silly questions.
Smart answers.
E W Best American president?
R A C H E L M A D D O W Lincoln.
Does anybody ever give a
different response?

Worst?

Ooh, weve had a few bad


Andrews: Jackson, Johnson.
Would you rather:
(a) Go skinny-dipping with
John Quincy Adams,
(b) Go drunk joyriding with
Lyndon B. Johnson, or
(c) Go to Comic-Con with
Barack Obama?

Drunk joyriding with LBJ,


provided we were on a closed
course. Just us on the prairie
in his Cadillac in Texas? I would
do that in a heartbeat.
Which superhero would make
the best president?

Batwoman. Shes in control


of her dark side, and she leverages it for human gain.
If Donald Trump were an animal,
what would he be?

If you were just focusing on his


hairdo, he would be a chinchilla.
But I think of him more like a
cold-blooded creature that
needs external stimuli to function. A snake in the cold just kind
of looks dead. Once youre not
being covered as a presidential
candidate, what happens?
Somebody turn on the heat!

Lyndon B.
Johnson,
Batwoman,
and a snake

Last question. Whats worse: not


voting or binge drinking?

This year, not voting is worse.


Starting Nov. 11lets give a
little time for a recountbinge
drinking. [Laughs] X

MORE ON EW.COM To see


full video of this interview,
go to ew.com/maddow

AFTER TWO DECADES AWAY FROM THE


SPOTLIGHT, 80S POP STAR RICK ASTLEY
IS BACK WITH A NEW ALBUMAND
EMBRACING HIS STATUS AS AN INTERNET
PHENOMENON. By Clark Collis @ClarkCollis

Media coverage of Melania


Trumps speech at last Julys
Republican convention in
Cleveland mostly focused on its
similarity to a previous address
made by Michelle Obama in
2008. But some eagle-eyed pundits pointed out that Trump
seemed to borrow from a rather
dierent text: Rick Astleys
1987 No. 1 smash Never Gonna
Give You Up. At one point,
Melania proclaimed that her
husband, Donald, will never,
ever give up; he will never, ever
let you down, which closely
resembles the promise sung

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by the crooner. We all heard


about it in the U.K., says
a bemused Astley a few weeks
later about the similarity.
Never Gonna Give You Up
just doesnt want to go away.
The song has certainly
enjoyed a remarkable second
life over the past decade, thanks
to that certain meme dubbed
Rickrolling, in which people
get tricked into watching a clip
of Astley performing the track.
The pranka descendant of

duckrollingbegan in 2007,
and since then, about 75 million
people have unwittingly clicked
on the video thinking it would
lead to a clip of, say, a cute
cat or calamitous sports injury.
No one was as surprised by
the phenomenon as Astley himself. A friend Rickrolled me
a couple of times, he recalls.
In the end, I emailed him back,
saying, What the hell are
you doing? I didnt have a clue.
Yeah, it was pretty weird!
Rickrolling doesnt seem to
have hurt Astleys career. In fact,
its only helped. After scoring
huge hits with Never Gonna

Give You Up and 1988s


Together Foreverand selling more than 40 million
records worldwidethe blueeyed-soul pop star, now 50,
completely gave up on music in
the early 90s. Part of his
retreat was due to the commercial failure of albums like 1993s
Body & Soul and a shift in taste
toward 90s grunge and hip-hop.
But Astley had also developed
a chronic fear of ying, which
prohibited him from promoting
his projects in the States. Now,

L E T T E R I N G BY S P I R O S H A L A R I S

Rick Astley
performing in
England
in August

Never Gonna Give You Up and Together Forever music videos

GREAT MOMENTS
IN RICKROLLING
From politicians to punk protesters,
here are the six wildest and
weirdest Astley-themed pranks.
BY CLARK COLLIS

MTV Europe Music


Awards 2 0 0 8
Thanks to mischievous internet voting,
Astley was named Best Act Ever at
the 2008 event, beating out both U2 and
the Beatles. Weve been well and
truly Rickrolled, said the shows executive
producer, Richard Godfrey.
YouTubes April Fools
Prank 2 0 0 8
The site booby-trapped the featured videos on its home page, so viewers were
led to the Never Gonna Give You Up clip.
New York Mets 2 0 0 8
When the baseball team unwisely asked
fans to choose a new eighth-inning singalong track, internet voters succeeded in
making Never Gonna Give You Up the
write-in winner. The Mets ultimately went
in another direction.
Barack Obama 2 0 0 8
In a montage clip posted by YouTube user
Hugh Atkin, the leader of the free world
appeared to be dancing to, and orating
along with, the singers hit.

Foo Fighters 2 0 1 5
When the Westboro Baptist Church
protested a Foo Fighters show in Kansas
City, Mo., Dave Grohl and crew turned up
in a truck and drowned out the anti-LGBTQ
group by playing Astleys single at maximum volume.

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Nancy Pelosi 2 0 0 9
The then Speaker of the House publicized
the legislative bodys new YouTube
channel by uploading a video in which
footage of two cats playing in her office
was interrupted by you-know-what.

after 23 years away, hes returning with a new


album, 50. And the world seems happy hes
resurfaced: The collection debuted at No. 1
in the U.K. this summer and will be released
in the U.S. on Oct. 7. I think people of a
certain agemy agewho remember me
from back in the day, think, Good on you for
making a record at 50, says Astley of the
albums surprising success. My feeling has
been, I can actually look back and say, Well,
thats what I did. I didnt buy an open-top
car and get a second wife. I did that.
The record is a personal one for Astley.
A drummer since childhood, he wrote all
the tracks and played every instrument
himself. And lyrically, hes opening up about
his private life like never before. On the
anthemic Keep Singing, Astley reects on
his unhappy upbringing in the English village of Newton-le-Willows. My parents
divorced when I was very young, he says.
They also had a son who died of meningitis
before I was born. So theres some pretty
dark clouds oating around. Music was an
escape for Astley, who sang in the church
choir and took parts in school plays. Anything, he says, that got me in a situation
where I wasnt thinking about any of that.
Those early experiences performing led
to getting discovered. In 1985, while singing
with his soul band FBI at a showcase,
Astley was talent-spotted by Pete Waterman of the production team Stock Aitken
Waterman, whose credits include newwave smashes like Bananaramas Venus.
The producers put him to work as a tea
boy, or oce assistant, while grooming
him for a solo career. They used to go to
the pub every night, and I was allowed
to sit with them, he says. Like a sponge,

I just listened to s--- all the time, going,


Oh, so thats how that actually happens!
Astleys tea-boy experience helped him
cope with the eventual weirdness of his
success. I had four or ve years that were
mental, he says. But Id had a window
[into] it. By the time he released Body &
Soul, his fourth album, the hits had dried
upyet his work schedule remained frenetic. In hindsight, he admits his growing
fear of ying was a subconscious attempt to
escape the music business. Its not about
getting on the plane, he says. I didnt want
to do what was awaiting me when I got
o the plane. I did some therapy over it,
and [I learned that] its a control thing.
So he removed himself from the pop
circus and became a stay-at-home father to
his then-newborn daughter, Emilie, now
24, whose mother is lm producer Lene
Bausager. (Astley married Bausager, his
current manager, in 2013.) I wanted to
be there when my daughter was around,
he says simply, before joking, Im going
to start making something up because it
doesnt sound cool enough, really! But
around a decade ago, Astley accepted an
oer to play a string of dates in Japan,
mostly because his wife and daughter were
keen to visit the country. The experience
was transformative. I remember thinking,
This is a doddle! he recalls. Hes since
found a renewed passion for performance,
mixing his classic hits with surprising covers like AC/DCs Highway to Hell. We do
covers because I like doing it. It reminds
me of being a kid, says Astley.
These days, Astley has embraced his status
as an internet meme. After he Rickrolled a
oat at Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade
in 2008, he appeared in a 2015 commercial
for Virgin Mobile, where he burst out of
a giant birthday cake to sing his signature
song. My wife and I discussed it, and I
said, I dont really want to do that, he
recalls of the advertisement. Then we saw
the script, and I thought, Thats actually
quite funny.... I think [Rickrolling has] been
good for me, really. The only reason Im
getting a chance to do this record is because
of my old songs and any kind of recognition
that gets you through the door. If I was 50
and hadnt made a record before, I wouldnt
get in any building of any description. X

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focused set of hobbies: nding oblivion at
the bottom of a bottle, sketching in her notebook, and spying on her old lifeparticularly
the ex-husband (Justin Theroux) living in
her ex-home (conveniently visible from the
train) with the ex-mistress (Rebecca Ferguson) who is now the mother of his child.
Eventually Rachels obsession migrates
to their neighbors two doors down: a
golden couple whose careless radiance
throws her own desolation into sharp
relief. So when she sees the young wife, a
blank-eyed beauty named Megan (Haley
Bennett), kissing another man, the betrayal
feels as real to her as her own. Blind with
martini-fueled rage, Rachel decides to confront heronly to wake up the next day,
bruised and bloodied, to the news that
Megan has gone missing. Was it free will or
foul play? Could Rachel be an unknowing
witness, or worse, the perpetrator?
Director Tate Taylor (The Help) doesnt
bring the kind of stylistic dazzle that David
Fincher, his fellow helmer in literary It Girl
depravity, lavished on Dragon Tattoo and
Gone Girl. But he deftly translates the bleak,
raw-boned menace and tricky time signatures of Trains intertwined plotlines, and
draws remarkably vivid performances from
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Under the Shadow


S TA R R I N G

Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi

DIRECTED BY
R AT I N G

Babak Anvari

PG-13 |

REVIEW BY

LENGTH

1 hr., 24 mins.

Clark Collis @clarkcollis

HOW COULD LIFE GET ANY WORSE

Justin
Timberlake
and Jonathan
Demme

The pop superstar and the Oscar-winning


director team up for a new Netflix concert film,
Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.
B Y K E V I N P. S U L L I VA N

Ray
Haratian
and
Narges
Rashidi

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In 1984, director Jonathan Demme,


who would go on to win an Academy Award for The Silence of the
Lambs, made one of the most
iconic concert films of all time with
the Talking Heads, Stop Making
Sense. More than three decades
later, hes still capturing hits,
this time with Justin Timberlake,

chronicling the last stop on The


20/20 Experience World Tour.
Before Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids debuts on Netflix on
Oct. 12, the pop star and his director spoke with EW about keeping
the concert movie fresh.

How did this project bring the two of


you together?
J O N A T H A N D E M M E It started with
me, in a way. When I saw Justin in
The Social Network, I became
deeply obsessed with the desire to
work with him and reached out to
Justin. When we met, we talked
about a couple of things I was
working on that did not come to
fruition, but it gave us a meeting.
J U S T I N T I M B E R L A K E In that meeting, I unabashedly told Jonathan
how much Stop Making Sense
meant to me and changed the way
I view a live experience. When [the
next film] came up, Jonathan was
the only choice.

UNDER THE SHADOW: KIT FR ASER; JUSTIN TIMBERL AKE + THE TENNESSEE KIDS: TENNMAN ENTERTAINMENT, INC./NETFLIX

for a liberal-minded woman


living in Tehran during the IranIraq war of the 80s, as fundamentalist
proscriptions and Iraqi missiles rain down
on the population? Tehran-raised, Londonbased filmmaker Babak Anvari has some
ideas on that subject, which he slowly but
terrifyingly reveals in this horror lm, the
U.K.s entry for this years foreign-language
Academy Award.
Narges Rashidi plays Shideh, a homemaker, aerobics-tape enthusiast, and former
medical student frustrated at being unable
to complete her training because of previous
political radicalism. When Shidehs doctor
husband, Iraj (Bobby Naderi), is drafted into
the army, she becomes the lone guardian of
their daughter, Dorsa (Avin Manshadi), in a
Tehran apartment complex whose other
inhabitants include a mysterious mute boy
and maybe an evil spirit known as a djinn.
Iraj urges Shideh by phone to ee the city
because of the missile strikes, but she
refuses, which turns out to be a mistake.
While Anvaris lm nods toward Stanley
Kubricks The Shining, it is very much its
own movie, thanks to the unusual milieu
and the viewers uncertainty as to whether
the terric Rashidi is playing the protector
or the persecutorthe Wendy or the Jack
Torranceof her characters offspring.
Under the Shadow is a skilled, chilling feature debut that might follow you around a
while after seeing it. B+

Movies


The film also focuses on the dancers,


musicians, and singers on stage
with you during the tour. Did that
happen organically during filming,
or was it a part of your original plan?
T I M B E R L A K E Jonathan came to
seven or eight shows to storyboard
how the show should be captured.
I remember that after he saw one
or two shows we talked, and
what he said to me was Man, all
of those musicians on stage and
everything thats happening on
stage...thats it. Thats something
you dont normally get to see
in a concert film. That was really
where that started.

Which concert movies are iconic


to you?
T I M B E R L A K E The Elvis 68 special
was pretty good.
D E M M E Yeah. And Elvis: Thats the
Way It Is.

What makes those concert films


work better than others?
D E M M E Its when you get more

than the music. Youve got to have


the great music, but you want
more than that. You want some
insight.
T I M B E R L A K E Its a documentary.

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Youre capturing a real-life event.


Its a moment in time, but also,
you want to walk away feeling like
you know something more about
what and who you were watching
than you did before you started.
There are a couple of shots in this
film where you see a camera
sliding across a dolly. I feel like
thats another part of capturing
the moment. Nothings perfect.
D E M M E I like seeing the cameras
because it helps visualize how the
music people and the movie people teamed up. Theres that rule:
Dont show any of the other cameras. Why? Do you think the viewer
doesnt think we filmed this?

Are you aware of the cameras as a


performer? Is there extra pressure?
T I M B E R L A K E The thing is, there are
also 20,000 people in there with
the cameras. You know the cameras are there. Everyone knows
theyre there. You do 140 shows,
roughly; some nights youre going
to have a little bit more magic than
the others. I could probably speak
for the other dancers, musicians,
and singers on stage, that you hit
your mark a little more crisply
when there are cameras. Luckily,
we filmed for two nights. [Laughs]
I feel like we at least got a few
takes. It was one of those things
where off camera I would say to all
of the dancers, singers, and musicians, Youre here for a reason.
Just go out there and be you, and
youll be great. Also, Jonathan
Demme is directing this, so its
going to be great.

So, Justin...hows the new album


coming?
T I M B E R L A K E Lovely. [Laughs]

Youve previously talked a bit


about the next record. When can
fans expect to hear it?
T I M B E R L A K E As you probably
know, Ive literally just finished the
soundtrack for Trolls. I wrote four
originals for that and was able to
do a cover of True Colors with
Anna Kendrick. Anything moving
forward, Im not sure. Ive been in
and out of the studio, obviously,
with some of my more frequent
and less frequentcollaborators.
I guess Im resigned to the fact that
Im a tortoise when it comes to this
process. I cant imagine doing it
any other way. I just feel like its so
important to never have the cart
before the horse when it comes to
making a record. Im working on
it here and there, but Im also
enjoying being a dad. The answer
to your question is I dont know.
[Laughs]

Justin Timberlake and


Jonathan Demme;
(above) Justin Timberlake
+ the Tennessee Kids

Newt
Gingrich
and Ava
DuVernay

13TH
DIRECTED BY
R AT I N G

NR |

REVIEW BY

Ava DuVernay
LENGTH

1 hr., 40 mins

Joe McGovern @jmcgvrn

ITS BARACK OBAMA WHO WE FIRST HEAR IN

Selma director Ava DuVernays staggering,


scorching Roman candle of a documentary
about endemic racism and the prison system. The
United States is home to 5 percent of the worlds
population, he says, but 25 percent of the worlds
prisoners. Having the nations only black president
convey this well-known stat is key to DuVernays cracklingly lucid thesis: that Americans can claim advances
in race relations while still needing to face the grotesque, 150-year-long slime trail of mass incarceration.
In 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery but
included a loopholeexcept as a punishment for
crimethat was exploited in the South, where ex-slaves
were rapidly imprisoned for minor oenses. DuVernay
weaves in clips of D.W. Griths The Birth of a Nation,
with its portrayal of blacks as rapists and criminals, and
segues into decades of segregation and white terrorism,
eventually leading to biased federal crime bills that
engorged the prison population by millions. In a neat stylistic trick, whenever someone utters criminal in regard
to African-Americans, DuVernay cuts to large block letters
of the worddozens of times. Talking heads as varied as
Angela Davis and Newt Gingrich (and old audio of racist
ghouls like J. Edgar Hoover and Lee Atwater) help pull
the hundreds of threads around the issue together. And
though DuVernays approach is crisp and accessible,
13TH never goes soft. In a brutal, bravura sequence later
in the film, she crosscuts footage from a Trump rally
with archival clips of blacks being punched and firehosed, all while the candidate bellows about the good old
days. 13TH is a titanic statement by a major American
voice. Viewingright nowshould be mandatory. A

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Movies

Mascots
S TA R R I N G

Jane Lynch, Parker Posey

DIRECTED BY
R AT I N G

Christopher Guest

NR |

REVIEW BY

LENGTH

1 hr., 29 mins.

Devan Coggan @devancoggan

MASCOTS SHOULD BE THE PERFECT

Sarah Baker and Zach Woods

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Colman
Domingo
and Nate
Parker

The Birth of a Nation


S TA R R I N G

Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Aja Naomi King, Gabrielle Union

DIRECTED BY
REVIEW BY

Nate Parker |

R AT I N G

R |

LENGTH

2 hrs.

Leah Greenblatt @Leahbats

NATE PARKERS LIGHTNING-

rod account of slaveturned-revolutionary Nat


Turner arrives in the opposite of a
vacuum: The long path to release
has been so clouded by expectation,
controversy, and extracurricular
noise that its almost strange to be
reminded that there is, in fact, an
actual movie at the center of it all.
The Birth of a Nations rapturous
early acclaimit won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at
Sundance in January, and netted one of
the most lucrative distribution deals in
the festivals historyand the recent
controversy over unearthed 1999 rape
charges against Parker (he was later
acquitted) are unavoidably part of the
narrative now. So is the mirror its story
holds up to the ongoing specter of
American injustice, nearly 200 years
after Turners death and a century
since the debut of the malignantly
racist D.W. Grith epic whose title
Parker has deantly reclaimed.
This Birth is also a big, unabashedly ambitious picture, heavy with
the weight of history. But its best
moments turn out to be the smaller
human onesnot the biopic bullet
points of Turner the folk hero and
symbolic martyr but the more
intimate portrait of a son, husband,

and father who struggled to reconcile


his unshakable faith with the harsh
realities of being born a black man in
the antebellum South.
Raised on a Virginia plantation and
taught to read the Bible by an altruistic
mistress (Penelope Ann Miller),
Turner was visited by religious visions
from an early age, and it was the word
of God that eventually led him to
rebellion. (For every verse they use
to support our bondage, he tells a
makeshift congregation of fellow
slaves, theres another one demanding our freedom.) His righteousness
was hardly abstract, though; he was
galvanized by crucial events in his
own life, including an ugly betrayal by
his master and onetime friend (Armie
Hammer, showing just how provisional white benevolence could be)
and a horric assault on his wife (the
lovely if underdrawn Aja Naomi King).
As a director Parker is a little too
fond of heavy Jesus metaphors, but as
an actor hes immensely compelling,
skillfully tracing Turners transformation from softhearted minister to
holy warrior. Even as Birth stumbles
in its more overwrought moments, its
almost impossible not to be moved
by what hes made: a awed but
powerfully aecting lm by a awed
but undeniably gifted lmmaker. B+

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match. Christopher Guest is the


godfather of mockumentaries
(even though its a term he himself has
disavowed), and the oddness of the sportsmascot subculture makes them a perfect target for the director of Waiting for Guman
and Best in Show. And these mascots sure are
weird: Guests feverishly passionate freaks
range from a modern-dance-loving armadillo (Parker Posey) to a resident bad-boy
character known as the Fist (Chris ODowd).
Together, theyre gathered in Anaheim,
Calif., for the annual World Mascot Association Championships, jockeying to win the
coveted Gold Fluy.
If youre a Guest devotee, youll be in the
stands cheering; otherwise, Mascots feels
like a bit of a retread. Frequent Guest players like Jane Lynch, Bob Balaban, and Fred
Willard all pop up (although there are a few
new standouts, like Zach Woods), and the
competition aspect feels straight out of Best
in Show. But unlike their dog-show counterparts, most of the mascots never progress
beyond straight caricature. The deadpan
jokes still land, and the nal competition
is a delightfully bizarre display of insane
choreography. Unlike Guests best, sadly,
Mascots is a bit empty insideall costume,
no soul. B

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Starring Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough 2 Directed by Andrea Arnold

B+

A M A N DA K N OX

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Directed by Rod Blackhurst, Brian McGinn

B+

BRIDGET JONESS BABY


Starring Rene Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey 2 Directed by Sharon Maguire

B+

D E E P WAT E R H O R I Z O N
Starring Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, Gina Rodriguez 2 Directed by Peter Berg

B+

A MAN CALLED OVE


Starring Rolf Lassgrd, Filip Berg, Ida Engvoll

Writer-director Hannes Holms adaptation of the international


best-seller is darkly funny, tragic, and an ultimately
heartwarming tearjerker about the life of one lonely but
extraordinary man.

BLAIR WITCH
Starring James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid 2 Directed by Adam Wingard

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DENIAL
Starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall 2 Directed by Mick Jackson

MISS PEREGRINES HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN


Starring Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell 2 Directed by Tim Burton

C+

Q U E E N O F K AT W E
Starring Madina Nalwanga, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyongo 2 Directed by Mira Nair

C+

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This decades-in-the-making brief history of time harks back


to a different age of IMAX movies, when they were mostly
used for gorgeous nature docs in museums. But the poetic
voice-over only serves as a thick slab of pretension.

SNOWDEN
Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo 2 Directed by Oliver Stone

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Narrated by Brad Pitt 2 Directed by Terrence Malick

This much-buzzedabout debut captures


the messy, awkward,
all-consuming
emotions of a teens
rst love.

Based on true events in a rural English town paralyzed by


the violent unsolved deaths of five prostitutes there in 2006,
the film uses only word-for-word quotes pulled directly from
interviews with locals, nearly all of them sung. The result,
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when the splitting spouses at the shows center must perform a heartbreaking rite in their conscious uncoupling:
telling their children. Frances, played by Emmy-winning
Sarah Jessica Parker of Sex and the City, is an aspiring
gallery owner. Robert, played by Sideways Oscar nominee
Thomas Haden Church, is a house ipper with a questionable mustache. They are ending their rocky 17-year
union for two reasons, one wacky, one not. The wacky?
Watching one unhappily married friend (Molly Shannon)
nearly murder her equally unhappy husband (Tracy
Letts). This is a fate Frances and Robert wish to avoid.
The non-wacky? Robert caught Frances having an

aair. Breaking the news to the kids should


be shattering. Instead, they shrug. No biggie.
That moment made me laugh because it
spoke for how I felt about the whole damn
show. Divorce makes you feel almost nothing.
Its a shallow bore, and not even the ailing
efforts of its stars make it interesting. The
show comes from Sharon Horgan, the cocreator and star of the fantastic British import
Catastrophe, a series whose success illuminates the flaws of Divorce. There, two
strangers conceive a child during a torrid ing
and rashly decide to marry. We get to know
them as they grow into their relationship.
Divorce rushes into tracking the fallout of
its catastrophe, too. We meet suburban
Frances and Robert at peak meltdown. The
dark comedy of that previously mentioned
murder attempt triggers Frances to ask for a
divorce, and by the end of the premiere, after

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Robert learns of her sexcapades with a tomcat


prof (scene-stealing Jemaine Clement), he
petulantly gives it to her. The next episodes
track their kiss-o. Counseling. Mediation.
Negotiating holidays. Give Horgan points for
diculty. How to make us invest in characters
when we find them at their worst? How to
make something so sad really entertaining?
After six episodes, Im still waiting on
Horgan & Co. to meet the challenge of their
ambition. The adultery angle turns Robert
and Frances into two-note characters. He
feels emasculated. She feels ashamed. Hes
vengeful. She wants to move on. The show
lightly interrogates the old chestnut that indelity is a symptom of other problems, but it
has no imagination for the marriage itself,
and no deep insights into divorce, either. The
actors are on different pages. Parker plays
Frances as mournful and mostly humorless.
Church plays Robert as detached and disoriented, but he goes for laughs a bit too hard.
The other adults are far more fun because
theyre all caricatures of middle-aged sourness. The result is tonal quagmire.
While watching the series, I thought a lot
about my divorced friends and felt greater
empathy for them. I suspect the show might
nd itself once it gets past the divorce and
focuses on Frances and Robert rebooting
their lives, or perhaps reconciling. For now,
Divorce doesnt work. Its tfully successful
at capturing the pain of a broken marriage,
but its more frequently painful for simply
being broken. C+

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AS IT GETS!

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casts every week

BETTER THINGS

Pamela Adlon and her


onscreen family dish
on the making of
this personal dramedy.

DANCING WITH THE STARS

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
cuts loose in his recaps.

INSECURE

The cast and crew of


Issa Raes new HBO comedy dig deep each week.

THE MINDY PROJECT

Kaling and her costars


(Ike Barinholtz! Xosha
Roquemore!) take us right
into the wild, wild world of
fertility (and rom-coms).

PITCH

The co-creator, the director, and Kylie Bunbury


share their play-by-plays.

SUPERSTORE

Everyone from America


Ferrera to Ben Feldman
gets in on the act.

THIS SEASON CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING:

BFD

A BIG, FLUFFY DOG

GS

GAUZY SWEATERS

S
CBM

SNOW

COMICAL BOWEL
MOVEMENTS

High-Profile Guest Stars

Familiar faces often play New Yorks joint-smoking personalities


on HBOs buzzy series High Maintenance, and creators
Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair liken their stunt casting to,
well, dealing weed. Its a referral, Sinclair says. The EPs
share the stories behind four guest stars. B Y S H I R L E Y L I

YOURE THE WORST

The creator and stars


reveal even more than
what you see on screen.
(Yes, its possible.)

DA N ST E V E N S
The Downton Abbey alum first got
a spot on the 2014 web series via Facebook. He was like, Lets be friends!
Sinclair recalls. Stevens landed a role
on the HBO version as an artist roped
into a swingers partya situation
in which he would never be involved,
Blichfeld swears: Dan is a very devoted
family man who leads a pretty quiet life.

GA BY H O F F M A N N
Blichfeld and Sinclair knew the actress
through a friend, but only thought to
cast her in a daytime rave scene when
they realized they were seeing Hoffmann everywhere, from Girls to Louie.
Shes like a person of interest that
seems like shed be open to a rave,
Blichfeld says. It was fun. She was game
to show up at 6:30 a.m. and dance.

LENA DUNHAM
Girls fans have already seen Dunhams
cameo: When The Guy (Sinclair) bikes
onto a Brooklyn street, he encounters
the real-life set of the HBO series
a quintessential New York experience,
the duo insist. Who hasnt been held up
by the set of Girls in Brooklyn? Sinclair
says. They were friendly enough
to let us jump onto their production.

B OW D I E T H E D O G
The pair originally wanted to write about
a couple losing their dog, but quickly
realized the four-legged friend should
be the star. Enter rescue dog Bowdie,
a veteran canine actor (he played Nana
in Peter Pan Live!). It was a challenge
not to snuggle him the whole time,
remembers Blichfeld. Looks like puppy
love can be just as potent as pot.

Falling Water
D AT E

Debuts Oct. 13

TIME

10 p.m. |

REVIEW BY

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about stepping into
such an iconic role?

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T H E S U C C E S S O F M R. RO B OT

enhanced USAs image, so its not


surprising that the House of Suits
would try on other dark, trippy looks. Enter
Falling Water, which is not a rainy-day rip-o
of the alien serial Falling Skies, and cant
match Mr. Robots audacious aesthetic and
resonant themes. It takes Inceptions idea of
shared dreaming and Sense8s interconnected
synchronicity and churns them through a
conspiracy-thriller storytelling engine. Its as
sluggishly paced as a sleepwalker, but still,
you might get sucked into its mystery.
Tess (Lizzie Brocher) is a brilliant trendspotter who works on next-gen fashion
designs. Like too many others on TV, shes a
loner with a history of mental problems.
Sexy, savvy Burton (David Ajala) is head of
security for a massive investment rm, babysitting obnoxious wannabe masters of the
universe. Taka (Will Yun Lee) is a detective
with mother issues. Hes investigating a suicide cult partial to green shoes and, perhaps,
skilled at hacking consciousness. Theyre all
linked by a vast conspiracy (cryptic codename: Topeka) and a nightmare realm of
blurry-faced stalkers, a boy who might be
Tess missing (or imagined) son, and
waterlots and lots of falling water.
The bargain-basement surrealism bogs
down the narrative but suuses the story with
a potent eeriness. The acting is strong, thanks
to Brocher and Burton, whose characters are
compelling. And dammit, I want to know what
Topeka means. Falling Water doesnt work
like a dream, but it might haunt you like one. B

 Lizzie Brocher

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Laverne
Coxs
Horror
Story
The Orange Is the New Black
actress jumps to the left, and
steps into the spotlight (and
some very big heels), in Foxs
remake of The Rocky Horror
Picture Show. B Y T I M S TA C K

LAVERNE COX IS HAVING CAPE

problems. On a mild March day


in Toronto, the star of Foxs
Rocky Horor Picture Show: Lets
Do the Time Warp Again, a
reboot of the 1975 cult musical
airing Oct. 20 at 8 p.m., is testing her ensemble for the famed
Sweet Transvestite number.
It feels heavy, the actress
tells director Kenny Ortega of
the voluminous garment. But
Cox, playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter,
the role originated by Tim
Curry, is still having a blast, giggling and dancing in front of a
wind machine. EW talked to
Cox about hitting the high notes
and making Frank all her own.

It was one of those


things where I knew
I would be doing my
own thing. I have
such love and reverence for the original
film and for what Tim
Curry didnot only in
this film but throughout his entire career.
I wasnt worried until
after the [casting]
announcementthen
the pressure started
to mount.
What was your
training like?

I started taking voice


lessons again last
year, even before this
happened. I was a
dance major in
college. So I upped
my voice lessons to
two to three times a
week and did dance
lessons, like, four
times a week.

Your version of
Frank is much more
glamorous and
dance-heavy than
the original.

Kenny Ortega said he


wanted 60 percent
Grace Jones, 30 percent Tina Turner,
and 10 percent
Beyonc. [Laughs]
So that was kind of
the movement
and visual language
we established.
When you first
appear in Sweet
Transvestite,
youre all the way
up on a crane. Was
that scary?

[Laughs] Im afraid
of heights! Kenny
was like, Well, just
tell me how high is
too high. He kept

 As Dr. Frank-N-Furter

C OX P H OTO G R A P H BY A L E X E I H AY

TV
taking me higher
and higher and I just
didnt look down.
This is definitely
the biggest role of
your career so far.
How does that feel?

I just cant believe


that Im a black trans
woman who has this
whole production

sort of created
around her. It feels
revolutionary and
what Rocky Horror
is all about. Its
been such an absolute joy. Shes sexy,
shes psychotic, shes
domineering, shes
coquettish. Shes
also really vulnerable
and gets hurt. Shes
an alien but has
these deeply human
qualities.
Most of your dancing
is in heels, too. Was
that a challenge?

I used to work at
[the drag-queen bar]
Lucky Chengs
in New York. Its not
easy, but this is
not my first time at
the rodeo!

Desperate
Housewives, The
Apprentice,
Everybody
Loves
Raymond,
and Lost

CHART FLASHBACK

2004

It seems like just yesterdayor 12 years agothat Teri Hatcher was baring her bod, Lost
was unlocking Locke, and Trumps ratings were already tripping. B Y M A R C S N E T I K E R

1/2

The justice-serving juggernauts


enjoyed their fifth and third
seasons, respectively, with a parking lot kidnapping on CSI and
Miamis addition of Jonathan
Togo as newbie hunk Ryan Wolfe.
(28.9/21.9 million viewers)

Desperate Housewives ABC


The freshman seasons numbers
would only get prettier for the
wives of Wisteria Lane, who
had barely moved in by the third
episode, which famously found
Teri Hatchers Susan de-toweled
and nude when she gets locked
out. Scandal! (20.9 million viewers)

Without a Trace CBS


The missing-persons procedural
was starting to find quite a few
persons, as a matter of fact, as
the third season clocked in as
the series second-best (behind
season 4). (19.4 million viewers)

Survivor: Vanuatu CBS

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CSI/CSI: Miami CBS

Volcanic islands had nothing on


the fiery drama between season
9s gender-divided tribes, which
included an amputee and two
lesbians. 2004so progressive!
(19.2 million viewers)

Lost ABC
Televisions most frustrating
mystery solidified itself in its first
season as a major storytelling
force with the magical Lockecentric episode Walkabout,
widely considered a series best.
(18.2 million viewers)

Everybody Loves
Raymond CBS
America prepared to say
goodbye to the Barones as
Raymonds final season kicked
into gear with Debra (Patricia
Heaton) sexing up her wardrobe
to scare a PTA meeting.
(18.0 million viewers)

Two and a Half Men CBS


Charlie Sheens weekly raunchfest was just catching on,
with this season 2 episode
marking the first of many steamy
reunions between Alan (Jon
Cryer) and ex-wife Judith (Marin
Hinkle). (17.2 million viewers)

ER N BC
If, for some obscure reason,
your favorite doctor at
County General happened
to be Leland Orsers Lucien
Dubenko, consider reliving his
introduction in season 11s
July 4th-themed ep.
(16.8 million viewers)

10

60 Minutes CBS
Everyone remembers that
classic episode from season 37,
A Deal With the Devil, right?!
(16.5 million viewers)

11

The Apprentice 2 N BC
Season 2 of Donald Trumps
business competition gave us
iconic team names such
as Apex and Mosaic, and highstakes rewards like meeting
with Giuliani and dinner with
Melania. (16 million viewers)

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DAYTIMES GAME CHANGER


(19222016)

Agnes Nixon

The Emmy-winning creator of All My Children, among


othersdubbed the queen of soaps for her contribution
to daytimeis remembered by her One Life to Live
star Erika Slezak. A S T O L D T O LY N E T T E R I C E

super dripping in jewels but


was just incredibly elegant.
Then I discovered that she also
had this incredibly wicked
sense of humor. Over the years
we would always get together
during big events. She and my
husband would sit together
at dinners and laugh their
heads off, which always pissed
me off because I never knew
what they were laughing at!
She was just very genuine.
I guess the last time I saw
her was around the end of
One Life to Live. It was during
the online reboot. ABC
had done this really rather
unpleasant thing and canceled both shows at the same
time [in 2011]. She was very
hurt by that. We were hopeful
that the web series would
workit was an incredibly
good idea, and Agnes thought
so too. But they just didnt
know what they were doing,
so it didnt work. [Production
was suspended in 2013.]
I think thats kind of sad.
I know how much people
miss One Life to Live.

Erika Slezak with costar Antony


Ponzini on One Life to Live in 1972

hmhbooks.com/davidmacaulay

Agnes Nixon died on Sept. 28.


She was 93.

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She was like a hero to me. This


is a woman who started from
scratch, writing and producing One Life to Live and All My
Children. One Life to Live was
a groundbreaking show, especially in those days, dealing
with racial and social issues
and drugsall kinds of topics
that nobody really wanted to
touch. She wanted to deal
with real-life issues. It was the
beginning of a whole different
kind of daytime television.
I dont know where she
came up with the ideas, but
she was very smart. Every time
I saw her, she was unfailingly
nice and complimentary. And
she was such a lady. She always
dressed beautifullyshe wasnt

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TUESDAY, OCT. 11

8:309PM

ABC

Its easy to mock the suburbs, but few do it really well. ABC has hit
the mark before with the delightful but (criminally) canceled sitcoms Suburgatory and Trophy Wife, and it looks like they have
another gem with American Housewife. Katy Mixon stars as Katie
Otto, a mother of three who, in the premiere, realizes shes the
second-fattest housewife in Westport. The pilot leans on that
premise a bit too hard, but the series still shines thanks to a terric
Mixon and her sharp-elbowed jabs at 21st-century Stepford life, a
realm dominated by Fitbit-wearing, yoga-pantsed power parents.
In a way, its the antiModern Family. By episode 2, we see Katie
grow into her true role: a proud disrupter, happily throwing foulmouthed wrenches into the polite upper-middle-class machine. B+
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Season Premiere
Supergirl
89PM

THE CW

Between a potential career change, complicated love life, andwait for itbeing
Supergirl, Kara (Melissa Benoist) is drowning
under pressure. Good thing cousin Superman (a dashing Tyler Hoechlin) swoops in to
share the burdenand to add a welcome
dose of charm. More, though, doesnt mean
merrier: Tonights episode (the first on the
shows new CW home), saddled with clunky
villains and tiresome action sequences, fails
to take flight. The premiere works best when
it focuses on Karas struggles, especially
in scenes involving her steely boss (Calista
Flockhart), who, when not lobbing barbs,
offers some wisdom. As it turns out, some
heroes wear Valentino capes. B Shirley Li

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COOKIES CUPID
Empire
910PM

FOX

Things start to heat


up between Cookie
and Angelo (guest
star Taye Diggs).
Should we start calling them...Coogelo?

910PM

SYFY

This creepy six-episode anthology series


hopes to bring a new kind of horror to
the small screen. Season 1, based on a popular online horror story, follows a child
psychologist (Paul Schneider) who connects
recent child disappearances in his hometown
to a weird 80s kids program that has started
airing again. Hes also got to go back
home and reckon with some dark stuff from
his past, teases showrunner Nick Antosca
(Hannibal), who tried to avoid using traditional tactics, like jump scares, to frighten the
audience. Its a slow build thats full of dread,
atmosphere, and weird scares that you wont
get from any other show. Chancellor Agard

FRIDAY OCTOBER 14
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Series Debut
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STREAMING

NETFLIX

Colleen Ballingers YouTube character


Miranda Singsa tone-deaf, lipsticksmeared fame seekergets an origin
in this offbeat series. Haters follows
Miranda and her uncle as they cook up
kooky schemes to increase her nonexistent celebrity, while Angela Kinsey
(The Office) plays Mirandas longsuffering mother, Bethany. The humor
isnt everyones cup of tea (particularly anyone over 18), but the solid
supporting cast might reward the
extremely patient. C+ Allison Sadlier

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AMAZON

In a role that fits him like a crusty,


leathery glove, Billy Bob Thornton stars
as a broken-down Florida lawyer who
takes on a dangerous case (involving
an explosion at sea) against his own
ex-firm. Co-creator David E. Kelley,
our doyen of high-quirk legal dramas
(The Practice, Boston Legal), delivers
a weak stable of supporting characters
(William Hurt is in silly-scary mode as
a disfigured company boss), but the
show nonetheless sails along thanks to
a full tank of Billy Bob. B Joe McGovern

Season Premiere
D.C.s Legends of Tomorrow
89PM

THE CW

The Legends of Tomorrow have a new


mission in season 2. Following the destruction of the Time Council, theyve taken it
upon themselves to police the timeline
ultimately ignoring a warning from Justice
Society of America member Hourman
(Patrick J. Adams) and getting scattered
throughout history. Were really jumping
around all over the place, says EP Marc
Guggenheim, adding that viewers will see
the 40s, 80s, and even the 1800s in
places like France, Japan, New York, and
Paris, among others. Plus: In the season
premiere, we go the furthest back in
time weve ever gone. Natalie Abrams

SATURDAY OCTOBER 15
Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago
MIDNIGHT1AM

COMEDY CENTRAL

Kyle Kinanes 2012 special, Whiskey Icarus,


found transcendent, soul-searing comedy
in a world of fast-food diets and unhealthy
lifestyles. Turns out, he wasnt even exaggerating his stories that much; a significant
portion of Kinanes new stand-up special
deals with the comedians recent gout diagnosis. This makes his cranky-uncle routine
even more grizzled as he tackles of-themoment topics like police shootings and
tolerance. Kinane approaches everything
from odd angles, and the result is a return to
form for one of comedys best under-theradar talents. B+ Christian Holub

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Series Debut
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THURSDAY OCTOBER 13

What to Watch
SUNDAY OCTOBER 16
HACK ATTACK
Madam Secretary
910PM

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Series Debut
Eyewitness
1011PM

CBS

Elizabeths sons
computer has been
hacked. Just great,
now there are
even more leaked
emails well have
to hear about.

USA

Series Debut
Graves
1010:30PM

EPIX

Nick Nolte is such a lovable old grizzly bear that you want to cheer
for him as a Republican ex-president in the throes of an ideological
reawakening. But Graves is a lumpy blob of satirewitless and
unadventurous in its targets. Noltes character is cobbled from LBJ,
Reagan, the Bushes, Bill Clinton, Bulworth, and Trump, and the
show pops with historical parallels: a would-be assassin, la John
Hinckley Jr.; a former First Lady (Sela Ward) drafted to run for the
Senate, la Hillary. Yet the sitcom stuff involving Graves kids and
dweeb aide break the bad-TV shtick meterand reduce Graves
to nothing more than Veep for Dummies. C+ Joe McGovern

This moody, gray-skies mystery, adapted


from a (surprise!) Scandinavian series,
is a lot like the others weve seen before
it, from The Killing to Broadchurch.
The premise: Dead bodies are found, and
its up to a tough small-town cop with
a past (Julianne Nicholson) to put all the
pieces together. The twist thats supposed
to make this feel different: Her closeted
gay foster son is somehow involved.
Unfortunately, that doesnt make the
story any more compelling. If theres one
reason to watch, its Nicholson, who has
stolen scenes for years on Masters of Sex
and Boardwalk Empire. Other than her,
there isnt much worth witnessing. B

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KEVIN ODONNELL @ODtron

SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE

BILLIE JOE
ARMSTRONG
With Green Days new album, Revolution Radio, out now, frontman
Billie Joe Armstrong, 44, reveals how the Replacements,
the Ramones, and riot grrrls shaped his rock & roll worldview.
BY ERIC RENNER BROWN

There was a lot of < 1 > Elvis in my


house, because my mom is of
that generation. All of his movement, the way he played guitar...
I was attracted to it right away.
I picked up that record and the
first song I heard was Mystery
Train and just how spooky it felt.

>

THE FIRST ALBUM


I BOUGHT WITH MY
OWN MONEY
The Monkees Greatest Hits,
the Monkees

THE FIRST SONG


I LEARNED TO PLAY
Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry

THE MUSIC THAT


INSPIRED ME TO
BECOME AN ARTIST
Dont Want to Know
if You Are Lonely,
Hsker D

I got it on eight-track at Fiat


Music Company in Pinole, Calif.
I remember singing Pleasant
Valley Sunday. We watched
the syndicated Monkees television show after school every day.
It was pretty cool.

I got my first guitar when I was


8 years old. It was a Hohner Les
Paul. I had a guitar teacher back
then; hes the one that showed me
how to play that song. It was the
first song [where] I realized, Oh,
Im playing something! It shaped
everything I did after that, subconsciously, for the rest of my life.

Ive been playing music


ever since I can remember, but
when I first started getting
into alternative music, I picked
up [1986s] Candy Apple
Grey by < 2 > Hsker D, because

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IMAGES; THE REPL ACEMENTS: PAUL NATKIN/GET T Y IMAGES

THE FIRST ALBUM


I WAS OBSESSED WITH
AS A KID
The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley

NOTEWORTHY
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Acting, featuring seven additional tracks, on Oct. 21. Oscar


winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are teaming up
again, this time to score Peter Bergs Patriots Day, out Dec. 21.

Green Day
TITLE

listen to before a gig, because


it totally gets me jacked up
and ready to play. Kathleen
Hanna makes me drunk.

Revolution Radio

L ABEL

Reprise

GENRE

Rock

R E V I E W B Y Kevin
ODonnell @ODtron

MY ALL-TIME
FAVORITE MUSICIAN
Joey Ramone

Joey is the Jesus of punk.


He has this endearing quality
where his voice matches the
way he looked. Hes incredibly
handsome, in a prayingmantis kind of way. Hes just
gangly and long-legged
and his voice [sounds like]
thatits like a really insecure
kid thats become empowered
through rock & roll music.

THE MUSIC I ENJOY


PLAYING WITH MY FAMILY
Songs by our own band, the Boo

I was watching the video


for Dont Want to Know if
You Are Lonely on 120 Minutes
on MTV. I was immediately blown
away by that song. I started a long
love affair with Hsker D.
I wanted to be like Hsker D
when I started Green Day.

ARMSTRONG: FR ANK MADDOCKS

THE CONCERT THAT


CHANGED MY LIFE
The Replacements
at the Fillmore in San
Francisco, 1987

My sister took me. That was


my first time at the Fillmore.
It changed my attitude
toward playing rock & roll.
It humanized it, watching
< 3 > the Replacements, sort of
half drunk but playing.
They were [having] a good
night, so it was great.


THE CONCERT
ID GO TO IF I HAD
A TIME MACHINE
The Who at University of Leeds, 1970
< 4 > Just to see them play

A Quick One, While Hes Away,


with all the original members.
And seeing [drummer] Keith
Moonhe was poetry in motion.

THE MUSIC I LISTEN TO


BEFORE PERFORMING
Bikini Kill

[Frontwoman] Kathleen
[Hanna] is one of my favorite
singers. Bikini Kill embody
everything that I love about
music: Theyre full of power,
theres a vulnerability about
them, and obviously theres
the political side. Its great to

We wanted to start a dysfunctional Partridge Family kind of


band. We came up with a bunch
of songs and I convinced [my
wife] Adrienne to sing. She just
sounds like a total girl-group diva.

THE MUSIC I WANT PLAYED


AT MY FUNERAL
Waiting on a Friend, the Rolling
Stones
< 5 > Its one of the best songs

theyve ever written. When youre


up in heaven, or wherever youre at,
youre just waiting for friends to
come along. For something dark
like a funeral, its a bit more positive.

THE MUSIC I LISTEN TO


BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP
Cannibal Corpse

Im just goofing around! [Laughs]


I have too much music going on
in my brain. If I listened to anything else before I went to bed,
itd drive me crazy.

AMERICAS

foremost
punks have
been plenty ambitious
with their most recent
albums: Theres the
essential rock opera
(2004s American Idiot),
the not-so-essential
second rock opera
(2009s 21st Century
Breakdown), and a trilogy released in the span
of three months (2012s
Uno!, Dos!, and Tr!).
But on their 12th studio
LP theyre dialing down
the excess, and the
result is a focused set
that rocks as fearlessly
as their Gilman Street
glory days. Billie Joe
Armstrong is as pissed
as ever, but on cuts like
the title track, the target
of his ire is vague. And
thats a bummer. The
inanity of this years
election cycle couldve
inspired potent attacks
from such a permanent
radical. Hes more captivating when alluding
to his own struggles:
Still Breathing isnt
just one of their most
rousing songs, its also
one of their best. B+

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Music
In addition to singing and rapping, Lizzo plays flute on Coconut Oil

Lizzos
Feel-Good
Revolution

How the singer-rapper, Prince collaborator, and MTV star is changing


the world with her uplifting brand of hip-hop soul. B Y N O L A N F E E N E Y

How high can Lizzo go? When it


comes to the notes she can hit, the
28-year-old rapper and singer only
just found out. While in the studio
last year with producer Ricky
Reed (Meghan Trainor, Jason
Derulo), she tried to impress him
by breaking out of her vocal comfort zone. I used to sing, but
I didnt sang, she says. He was
like, Whats your register? I was
like, I dont know! He was like,
Can you sing in this key? The
pair quickly wrote two songs that
appear on Lizzos Coconut Oil EP,
out Oct. 7: Good as Hell, a soulful pep talk that was included on
Aprils Barbershop: The Next Cut
soundtrack; and the brassy opener
Worship, which features the
highest note Lizzo has ever sung.
Shes only gone up from there.
A few months after they met,
Reed signed her to his imprint at
Atlantic Recordsher rst majorlabel deal. Shes also been taking

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over TV screens as a host of MTVs


new live-music show Wonderland
and this years VMAs preshow,
where she was a natural at mingling with stars like Desiigner
and Tinashe. Someone from
MTV was like, Have you done
that before? she says. I was like,
Ive never been to an awards
show before, homey!
Lizzo was born Melissa Jeerson in Detroit, grew up in Houston
(where she got her moniker),
and moved to Minneapolis in
2011. There, she rapped with
a few hip-hop groups but was
equally drawn toward the indierock world. For her 2015 album,
Big GRRRL Small World,
a critical favorite among indie
tastemakers, she recorded at Bon
Iver frontman Justin Vernons
studio; that same year, she also
opened for Sleater-Kinneys
comeback tour. It taught me
how to be a crowd-pleaser, she

says of touring with non-rap acts.


But playing for mostly white
audiences also left Lizzo longing
to connect with her roots, so
one day she told Reed that she
wanted to write a tribute to black
sisterhood. The resulting track,
Coconut Oil, features gospel
organa nod to the music she
grew up hearing in church
and a recording from her grandmothers funeral from last year,
where a cousin spoke about the
generations of strong women in
their family. (The song also has an
epic ute soloLizzo studied
classical ute performance at the
University of Houston.) Lizzo
says the speech inspired her to
dedicate the EP to her family:
It sums up the whole reason why
Im doing this.
Celebrating who you are has
long been Lizzos MO. Thanks to
Big GRRRL tracks like the bubbly
En Love and the touching
My Skin, shes become the new
queen of body-positive selfacceptance anthems. But her
quest to spread the love took on
an extra urgency after the death of
Prince, with whom she worked on
his 2014 album Plectrumelectrum.
Toward the end of his life, he was

completely focused on positive


music and making sure that only
good vibes were coming out of
Paisley Park, she says. I want
that to be my mantra.
There are obstacles to her
mission. Celebrating black
womanhood in 2016 is, unfortunately, still seen by some as
a radical political actsee: the
small but vocal backlash to
Beyoncs Formation, which
detractors deemed antipolice.
The higher I get [in my career],
the less I see people like me,
Lizzo says. So when Im there,
Im sticking out like a sore
thumb as much as somebody
with a Black Lives Matter sign
would. Shes happy to talk
about the issuespast songs
have touched on police brutality
and racial oppressionbut she
also thinks she can accomplish
plenty just by making listeners
feel, well, good as hell. I dont
want it ever to be too contrived
to where you cant enjoy what
Im saying, she says. But the
fact that people buy tickets to
my shows, buy my album, look at
me and think that Im a beautiful
person inside and out? Its the
most change that I can do.

7 HIP-HOP
QUEENS
TO HEAR NOW

Feelings, her major-label debut.


Stream this Body, a bouncy duet
with Jeremih that cracked Billboards
Hot 100 this summer.
4

KAMAIYAH

With its mix of international imports


and viral breakouts, hip-hops current
class of rising stars has never been more
vibrant. Here are the newcomers who
bring a fresh energy and fierceness to
the game. B Y N O L A N F E E N E Y

Why she rules Instead of looking to the


future, the Bay Area rapper, 24, drew on
90s hip-hop and R&B styles for this
years acclaimed mixtape A Good Night
in the Ghetto.
Stream this How Does It Feel, which
she says she wrote in a mere 15 minutes.
5

LADY LESHURR

TKAY MAIDZA

MAIDZA: CASSANDR A HANNAGAN/GET T Y IMAGES; CL: VCG/ VCG VIA GET T Y IMAGES; DREE Z Y: SCOT T DUDELSON/FILMMAGIC; K AMAIYAH: TIM MOSENFELDER /GET T Y IMAGES;
LESHURR: JO HALE/REDFERNS; ROSE: DARREN GERRISH/WIREIMAGE FOR DKNY X DA ZED; TEMPEST: JOSEPH OKPAKO/REDFERNS

Why she rules The Zimbabwean-born,


Australian-bred artist, 20, is equally comfortable singing over EDM beats (check
out her Martin Solveig collab Do It
Right) as she is spitting rapid-fire verses
on her debut LP, Tkay, out Oct. 28.
Stream this Carry On, which gets an
assist from Run the Jewels Killer Mike.

Why she rules The British MC, 27, captured the internets attention last year
with her Queens Speech freestyle
series, a barrage of clever pop culture
references and witty insults.
Stream this Where Are You Now?,
a sharp dressing-down of her rivals.
6

NADIA ROSE

CL
Why she rules The rapper-singer, 25,
was a member of the South Korean girl
group 2NE1 before going solo with the
help of bermanager Scooter Braun
(Justin Bieber) and Diplo (who featured
her on 2015s Doctor Pepper).
Stream this Lifted, a summery partystarter that samples the Wu-Tang Clan.
3

DREEZY
Why she rules The Chicago native, 22,
effortlessly juggled trap anthems and
soulful slow jams on Julys No Hard

Why she rules Her visuals are as fearless and in-your-face as her rhymesthe
British talent, 23, once filmed a music
video in front of an oncoming train.
Stream this Skwod, a grimy clubbanger that redefines #squadgoals.
7

KATE TEMPEST
Why she rules Outside of releasing
rap albumsher second, Let Them
Eat Chaos, arrives Oct. 7this Brit,
30, is also an award-winning poet,
novelist, and playwright.
Stream this Dont Fall In, an endlessly
hypnotic tongue twister.

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Books
EDITED BY

TINA JORDAN @EWTinaJordan

P O P C U LT U R E O F M Y L I F E

Kelly
Clarkson
The singer, songwriter, and childrensbook author, 34, opens up about her love
of Jane Austen, her childhood Star
Trek addiction, and her current obsession
with survivalist handbooks.
BY ISABELLA BIEDENHARN

My favorite book as a child


< 1 > Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was the
first big book I ever readyou
know when youre a kid, and youre
like, Oh my God, so many pages!
This isnt meant to sound bad in any
way, but I was alone a lot as a kid, so
I related to Matilda, in the sense
that she was on her own too. I also
loved that she was the underdog.
And I obviously loved the magical
element of the book, because what
kid doesnt want to be magical?

Music I secretly listened to as a kid

TV show that doesnt get its due


Oh my gosh! Im still pissed off
about Castle. It was my one thing
when I was pregnant. It was my

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Clarksons
picturebook
debut, on
sale now,
was
inspired
by her
daughter

Books Im reading my daughter


Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella
which she calls Rellaand
Nocchi, which is what she calls
Pinocchio. [Laughs] Lately she
always wants to start River Rose
and the Magical Lullaby because
it has her name on it.

from Captain Wentworth [to heroine Anne Elliot]I just love it. I married someone whos a mans man
but would totally write a letter like
that. Ive also read Jane Eyre a lot.
I love Jane Eyre because of the arc
of her lifeonce again, that she was
an underdog. It shows what perseverance can do, and that in the face
of a s---storm, you can make it.

My all-time favorite movie


The song that makes me feel better
< 4 > Theres the obvious, like Pride

and Prejudice, the one with Colin


Firth. Yummy! And I love action
movies. My favorite is definitely
Gladiator. Im a huge fan of that
movie. Yes on Russell Crowes look
in that film. Yes, please!

Ooh, theres a lot of those. But


I would say, currently, its that
freakin Justin Timberlake song that
he did for that Trolls movie, Cant
Stop the Feeling! I turn it on literally every time Im in my car.

One book Ive read over and over

Fictional place I wish I could move to

< 5 > Definitely Persuasion by Jane


Austen. I dont even know how
many times Ive read it. That letter

Im such a nerd, but I would love to


live in space. I was such a Trekkie
when I was a kid. We had one

CL ARKSON: WEISS EUBANKS

I was only allowed to listen to Christian music and, funny enough,


Reba McEntire, [whose songs are]
all about adultery. I was definitely
not supposed to listen to TLC
or Madonnaand I definitely did.
[Laughs] And < 2 > Alanis Morissettes Jagged Little Pill, one of my
favorite albums of all time. I had to
hide anything risqu.

show, and they just took it away


from me! Now the only show [my
husband and I] watch regularly is
< 3 > Game of Thrones. Because
I have a toddler and a baby [River
Rose, 2, and Remy, born in April],
we watch a lot of Disney. But Ive
really gotten my daughter into reading more than watching. I grew up
with a mother who loves books, so
I do as well. And the great thing
about a book is, its your imagination, so you can make it whatever
you want, you know? I love that.

BETWEEN THE LINES


The New York Review of Books claims to have solved the
literary worlds most vexing mystery: They say the Italian
author who has long hidden behind the pseudonym
Elena Ferrante is, in fact, a translator named Anita Raja.

>

>

frickin television in our house, so


I really didnt have a choicethats
what everyone else was watching.
But I loved it. I would totally live
in space in the Star Trek world.

Another Day in the


Death of America
BY

Gary Younge |

REVIEW BY

2
>

3
>

The last book that made me cry


T

MORISSET TE: JEFF KR AVITZ/FILMMAGIC INC; GAME OF THRONES: HELEN SLOAN/HBO

>

Ive tried to steer clear of sad books,


because Ive just had a baby and
youre so delicate afterwards. I will
literally just start bawling at anything. The latest book I read was
< 6 > Emergency: This Book Will Save
Your Life. My husband and I are
really into this survivalism thing. We
find it very interesting and intriguingall these skills to know.

The last album I listened to

5
>

6
>

A lot of [my own work]. Sorry


thats so egocentric! But a lot of
demos and songs Im working on
for the new album [due out in 2017],
because its a new sound. Its very
soulful, kinda urban and edgy.
I really get to sing. I love all my
anthems, but these songs are soulful, want-to-rip-your-heart-out
vocals. So thats what weve been
listening toeven my daughter.
Theres this one song she sings
along to already, and Im like,
Youre going to be so tired of this
song by the time Mom tours with
it! I feel like this is the record Ive
been wanting to make for so long.
The sound is just so innate in me.
Its like, God, I should have been
making records like this all along!

267 |

GENRE

Nonfiction

Leah Greenblatt @Leahbats

N I N E -Y E A R- O L D JA I D E N WA S G ET T I N G

The last book that made me laugh


B Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.
Big
I actually wrote a song that might
go
g on this next record about one of
the
t characters. Im very inspired
by
b characters in movies and books.
T
This
is going to sound funny and
tween,
but I read the Twilight

books
far before the movies came
b
o and I wrote a song, Empty as
out,
I Am, from Edwards perspective.
I about loving somebody so
Its
much
that you know whats better
m
f them, and youre not that. I took
for
a the vampire crap out, though.
all

PA G E S

ready for school when his moms disgruntled ex-boyfriend rang the doorbell. Tyler
was just messing around at his friend Brandons
house in rural Michigan; Gustin wanted to show o
his dads Cadillac. All four boys died on Nov. 23, 2013,
a date journalist Gary Younge chose randomly before
setting out to investigate as many cases of American
children and teens killed by gunre as he could track
down within that 24-hour span. (The average daily
number is seven; on this unremarkable Saturday, it
happened to be 10not counting suicides, which are
notoriously underreported.) His hope in telling each
of their stories, he writes, is to put a human face
a childs faceon the steady drip of everyday fatalities that lack the critical mass and tragic drama to
draw the attention of the nations media in the way a
mass shooting in a cinema or church might.
In fact, most of the stories here didnt make it
past a single evening-news cycle or mention in the
local paper, and the scant details of the young victims brief lives are both poignant and banal: They
loved Xbox and Pixar movies and family pets; some
of them were still sweet and unformed, others
already had lengthy criminal records. None of them
deserved their fate, of course, though the world
tends to stratify them anyway, reexively nding the
tiny angels slaughtered at Sandy Hook just a little
more devastating than the ones who were brown or
poor or struck tough poses on social media.
In thoughtful, evenhanded chapters stacked with
footnotes, Younge works methodically to uncover
the unique patterns and hypocrisies of his adopted
second home. (Though British, he has an American
wife and spent a dozen years reporting from the
States.) Another Day doesnt oer solutions, because
it cant; it just makes it impossible not to care.

KEY

= E-BOOK

= CD

= AUDIBLE

Books

Y O U R S S I N C E R E LY,
D AV I D B O W I E
Dip into Shaun Ushers fabulous collection of correspondence
and youll find a love note from Richard Burton to Elizabeth
Taylor, a mash letter Bram Stoker sent Walt Whitman, a missive
Ayn Rand mailed to the editor of Cat Fancy magazine, and this
remarkable response from David Bowie to an American fan

IN THE STUDIO WITH


ZACHARY QUINTO
The actor let EW spy on him
as he tackled a variety of roles
from thugs to a lady copfor the
Audible version of John Scalzis
sci-fi novella The Dispatcher.
BY ISABELLA BIEDENHARN

THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE JOB

Its a challenge to differentiate voices


and [create] distinct characters and
then come back to the baseline of the
narrator. Here, the narrator, Tony [a
professional dispatcher tasked with
killing people who are close to death so
they can have a second chance], is also
the main character. When you have a
narrator thats omniscient, you can get
away from the neutral voice, but this
character comments on everything.

THE SEARCH FOR THE STORYS VOICES

I made a list of characters, noting


attributes and characteristics that I
thought would be helpful. John [Scalzi]
did that as well, and so did [director]
Kat [Lambrix], so I could cross-reference
those ideas. I tried to keep Tony as
close as possible to me so that he was
relatable and accessible. I had to play
with [Nona, the cop] in the beginning.
Is she Southern? Is she not? I wanted
her accent to be as subtle as possible,
like someone who was born in the South
and found her way to Chicago.

THE THRILL OF RECORDING


AUDIOBOOKS

In 1967,, wheen he received his


first Ameerican fan letter
from Sandraa Dodd, a 14-yearld New M
Mexico resident
old
h then-20-year-old
the
Bowie waas so excited that
he g rabbed a piece of
sstationery ffrom his manager,
K
h Pitt,
Kenneth
P and promptly
ttyped
d up
p this sweet reply

Its different than any other kind of


voice-over work because youre playing
all the characters and youre taking the
reader through an entire story. If youre
doing an animated series, youre usually only playing a couple of characters.
But this is such an all-encompassing
experience. It [requires] such a fascinating skill set, and theres really no
better way to cultivate those skills than
just jumping into it.

BOWIE: GIJSBERT HANEKROOT/REDFERNS; QUINTO: CHRIS SANDERS

haveKINDLE willTRAVEL
JAIPUR, INDIA

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NEW IN PAPERBACK
The fall seasons must-read releases include a dishy Hollywood biography,
a novel chronicling the spectacular implosion of a marriage,
and a graphic memoir about a Syrian boyhood. B Y I S A B E L L A B I E D E N H A R N

NEGROLAND
MARGO JEFFERSON

ALL THE BRIGHT


PLACES
JENNIFER NIVEN

The Pulitzer Prizewinning cultural critic


reveals what it was like
to grow up among
Chicago's black elite
in her mid-century-set
memoir.

2
CAN I GO NOW?
BRIAN KELLOW

This juicy bio recounts


the career of Hollywood superagent Sue
Mengers, who repped
top-tier talent like
Barbra Streisand and
Sidney Lumet.

Catch up on Niven's
intense, heart-ripping
novel about a pair of
depressed teens before
the film adaptation,
starring Elle Fanning,
hits screens.

7
THE ARAB OF THE
FUTURE 2
RIAD SATTOUF

In the sequel to
his acclaimed 2015
graphic memoir, the
former Charlie Hebdo
cartoonist recalls what
life was like for him
as a boy in Syria.

THE MURALIST
B.A. SHAPIRO

In Shapiro's haunting
historical novel, a
young artist vanishes in
1940and years later,
her great-niece finds
clues to her disappearance in her paintings.

4
THE HAUNTING OF
HILL HOUSE
SHIRLEY JACKSON

The horror classic


still one of the most
terrifying books ever
writtengets a snazzy
new cover for what
would have been Jackson's 100th birthday.

MORNING STAR
PIERCE BROWN

The thrillingly unpredictable conclusion to


Brown's Red Rising
sci-fi trilogy sees the
low-caste Darrow and
his compatriots fighting
for their destiny.

9
THE BEST AMERICAN
NONREQUIRED
READING 2016
ED. RACHEL KUSHNER

Novelist Kushner
worked with a group of
high school students
to collect the essays,
poems, and stories that
affected them the most.

5
10

WHY NOT ME?


MINDY KALING

In her second book


of essays, Kaling brings
her sitcom sensibility
to sharply funny
essays about dating,
friendship, and
body image.

FATES AND FURIES


LAUREN GROFF

President Obama's
favorite novel of 2015
tells the story of a
20-year marriageand
its destructionfrom
both sides.

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The scariest
scarie thing about October is how well
Kevin Can Wait is doing in the ratings.

This season on
Modern Family,
Manny has already
(1) been kidnapped
aand (2) pretended to
be a communist
(for real). And they
say good ideas stop
after season 7!

We wont lie, Americas


kind of going through a pretty
weird phase right now.

Stan Lee has already filmed four new


Marvel cameos, if youre wondering
why his IMDb now has four listings for
Surprised Trader Joes Cashier.

Wes
estworld:
ad
delicious
period piece

Niall from One


Direction went solo?
Yeah, and Friends
is doing a spin-off
about Gunther.

If you drink every time


Hilary Duff says millennial
on Younger, you wont
live to see Older.

eenlights
Disney greenlights
live-action The Lion
Kingwhich, duh,
we could have told you
about in 1994.

This Train is
right on track.

Timeless: a delicious
periods piece

If you drink every time


a millennial says millennial
on Survivor, you wont
live to see Older.

Minnie Driver is so
perfect on Speechless,
were _______.

This week in Prince George:


Angela Lansbury has never looked better!

Tilda Swinton: the only person


inside the Matrix, or THE ONLY ONE
WHO MADE IT OUT?

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Mario creator reveals


the character might be only
24 years old, which
explains why he made up
his job, lives with his
brother, and still wears hats
to business events.

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Part of Lindsay Lohans finger gets ripped off


in boating accident. Still only like the 15th-craziest
sentence weve ever written about Lindsay Lohan.
Lifetime casts Who? for Britney Spears
biopic, with Huh? as Justin Timberlake, and
Kevin Federline as Kevin Federline.

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Barry Gibb, Green Day, Sum 41, and Loretta Lynn


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