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How hard was it to land Lin for this guest arc?
From the very beginning, we wanted Lin-Manuel Miranda in Fatwa! The Musical, and to end the show with a Hamilton-style duel. And that’s what we wrote. One small problem… we hadn’t ever bought any of this to Lin’s attention. We wrote the whole thing without talking to him. And there really was no Plan B — other than having only eight episodes. So we just kept telling ourselves, “He’s going to say yes, he’s going to say yes.” the way the high school nerd psyches himself up before asking the head cheerleader to prom. Thinking back on it, we had a better chance of getting the actual Ayatollah of Iran to guest star in the finale. I guarantee he’s a lot less busy than Lin. (I am still trying to get Larry that fatwa!)

Larry called him up, and luckily Lin was a fan of the show. Of course, the entire time we were going to be shooting our season, he was going to be shooting Mary Poppins. In London. So, we turned our shooting schedule into a pretzel — we snuck in the scenes from episode 9 in the agent’s office while he was in town for the Oscars. But it was so worth it. Saying Lin-Manuel Miranda is talented is as obvious as saying puppies are cute — or men’s tennis is boring — but damn, did he deliver! And I love that duel. Larry David is the Burr of our times!

You do have Justin Hurwitz, who wrote the music for La La Land, as one of your writers. Did that give you the confidence to tell this musical story — and to write your own songs?
Larry and I had written Larry’s remedial version of “There’s a Fatwa” before we brought Justin in. But we knew Lin’s versions of these songs would have to be professional-grade. Justin is a great comedy writer who happens to moonlight as an Oscar-winning composer. Justin would bring in his keyboard and we would spitball lyrics. And we wrote a few other songs that never made it into the show — including the number for “Fatwa Sex.” That one might have been my favorite.

How much did Lin — whose resume isn’t so bad, either — contribute to the musical?
Sending musical demos to Lin is like sending your idea for a hand-held computing device to Steve Jobs. Lin had a great note about making “I Do Not Like This Man!” feel less like Hamilton and more dramatic, which was completely the right way to go. As for Lin rapping in the agency, we sent him a bunch of options, and he wisely said: “I think I’ll just freestyle it.” And he did. And every take was different, and every take was brilliant. It was like watching someone dunk. You just say, “Well, I can’t do that.” He verbally dunked on us.

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'American Gods': Gillian Anderson on Becoming Marilyn Monroe and David Bowie
‘It makes sense that one of the most powerful gods in the story is embodied as female.’

“I didn’t know all that much about Marilyn as much as we all know what’s in the greater consciousness: the key pieces of her death and her struggle and her marriage and all that,” Anderson tells EW. “And actually, I was surprised at how easy I found it to immerse myself in that and how much fun it was. She was definitely the one I had the most fun doing, just because there’s an imminent joy to her. There is also with Judy [Garland], but there’s something so delightful and delicious about Marilyn that was a lot of fun to jump into. And there’s a mechanism that we used to get her floating — I was on this robotic contraption that had been built with fans in it so that my skirt was constantly moving, even though they were going to recreate and enhance some of that in CGI. So for the majority of that scene, it was me being driven around via remote control with fans blasting vertically up my dress.” Anderson laughs: “So, that was fun.”

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Garfield creator Jim Davis is drawing a Galactus story for the next issue of Squirrel Girl!

And you can read all about it in that Entertainment Weekly article I just linked to!  I’m super excited for this, and so stoked he was able to come on board.  The issue - #26, out next month - is about Doreen making all her superpowered friends write comics for a zine she’s pulling together.  And Jim Davis is making Galactus’s OWN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL COMICS come to life.

Here’s an excerpt from the article!

“When you look at the Silver Surfer, he’s 75 percent of the way there anyway with Jon, all we had to do is give him the big eyes. That was a natural. John kind of hangs around Garfield anyway, he’s the straight man to Garfield’s gags and has to get him food. He’s like Garfield’s herald. Galactus was tougher. We were throwing stuff back and forth, and the initial sketches just weren’t working for Galactus. I said okay, we gotta make him fat. The guy eats planets, for god’s sake! Once we do that, it’s a little less Galactus but certainly a lot more Garfield. It looked more natural. Obviously, Galactus has put on a few mega-tons for this strip.”

You can read the whole thing here, and included are some sneak peeks at but some of the GALACTUS COMICS we made, as well as unlettered Kraven art from Michael Cho, Spider-Man comics by @rahzzah, Tippy art by Rico Renzi (our colourist!), and Howard art by @zdarsky, whose story is written by @ericafailsatlife (our artist!)!  It’s going to be a RIDICULOUSLY FUN ISSUE and I can’t wait for y’all to read it.  Thank you Jim for being down for this and thank you all for supporting the book so much that we get to do crazy things like this!!

Minho Shares SHINee’s Reaction To Being Mentioned In Barack Obama’s Speech

Minho has talked about how SHINee reacted to being mentioned by former United States president Barack Obama during his speech!

On July 3 of this year, Barack Obama gave a speech at the 8th Asian Leadership Conference held at Grand Walkerhill Hotel in Seoul, during which he talked about the friendship between South Korea and the United States.

He mentioned, “Some of our young people in America are learning to speak Korean so they can keep up with the band SHINee.” He added, “In exchange, I understand SHINee has developed a passion for America’s In-N-Out burgers.”

When asked about Barack Obama’s comments during an interview in the September 12 episode of “Night of Real Entertainment,” Minho smiled as he confirmed that Barack Obama had mentioned them.

“Honestly, we were shocked too,” he said. “Before we saw the video, we thought it was made up.”

The interviewer pointed out that Barack Obama had even known what kind of hamburgers they like. “Right!” said Minho. “Whenever we go to the United States, we go to this hamburger place that’s only near Los Angeles. It’s a necessity!”

“He even knew that, he knew what SHINee likes,” said Minho with a laugh.  He then turned to the camera with a smile to say, “I’d like to take this opportunity to once again say that I’m so grateful.”

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here is the original speech of Mr. Obama where he mentioned SHINee

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I Know Your Wife (She Wouldn’t Mind) - Part Nineteen

Summary: It’s Father’s Day and, for the first time ever, you have a father to celebrate with. Your and JJ’s gift for Jensen goes viral, leading to a much needed conversation between Jared and your new father.
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Jared x Reader x Gen, Jensen, Danneel, JJ, Arrow, Zep, Tom, Shep
Warnings: fluff, mild angst
Beta: @blacksiren

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Father’s Day, to you, was a somewhat foreign concept.

You never had a father. Your mom knew who he was, but he didn’t want you and you never wanted him either.

Anyone that would willingly leave their child with someone like your mother shouldn’t have a place in that child’s life, so you had no desire to search for him.

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One thing Ridley said to expect from The Last Jedi is that no one falls easily onto the good or bad side. There is always potential to change — for better and for worse.

“What’s wonderful is it’s not so cut and dry, who’s good and who’s bad and that’s not me saying, ‘Oh, my God, some people are gonna go bad,‘” Ridley says. “There’s always room for bad people to make good decisions and vice versa.

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'Bob's Burgers' To Do One-Hour Christmas Musical Special
Adam Driver will be featured in the holiday episode

Just a little reminder, the 2017 Bob’s Burgers Christmas Episode will be Hour-Long. And guess what, Actor Adam Driver, you may know him as Kylo Ren from Star Wars, will be appearing in the holiday themed episode. Plus many more for the upcoming season.

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'The Assassination of Gianni Versace' boss Ryan Murphy says he knew Darren Criss was 'capable of great darkness'

Cover your eyes, Gleeks. Darren Criss, who played squeaky clean, bow-tie aficionado Blaine Anderson on Fox’s Glee is about to shed that image.

The actor has his darkest and most challenging role to date as serial killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiering Jan. 17 on FX. Cunanan not only killed the titular designer, played by Edgar Ramirez, but also four other men in 1997. Portraying the sociopath, Criss vacillates between being charming, pathetic, ruthless, and psychotic.

“I did as much research as humanly possible,” says Criss. But, “there’s not a whole lot of preparation you can do. The only thing you can really do is being available to all emotions at all times. At any point, he’s ready to fire off in any direction.”

Executive producer Ryan Murphy was adamant that Criss play Cunanan after seeing the actor on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. “I just knew he could do it,” reveals Murphy. “More than that, I knew that he was super hungry and ambitious. I think people thought of Darren as a musical comedy star first. But, when I saw Hedwig, I knew he was capable of great darkness.”

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story premieres Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. on FX.

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Zayn Malik's New Album 'Shows a Lot of Growth'
To read more from our summer music preview, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or available to buy here. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos…

Posted on May 24, 2017 at 12:29PM EDT by Ariana Bacle (@iambacle)

Leaving One Direction wasn’t easy for Zayn Malik, who officially parted ways with the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career. But the decision has worked out well for him so far: His first album, Mind of Mine, debuted at No. 1 and was positively reviewed by critics, including EW’s Leah Greenblatt, who called the record “a smoothly inclusive survey in modern R&B” in her B+ review. And while his new record will retain that sound, it’s also a step in a different, ahem, direction.

“It wasn’t easy making that decision and having the courage to step out first and make a record,” RCA Records CEO Peter Edge, who worked with Malik on the yet-to-be-titled new collection, tells EW. “This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time. It shows a lot of growth.”

That tone is apparent on first single “Still Got Time,” a dancehall-inspired jam featuring rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR. “If you think about the lyrics,” Edge points out, “it’s talking about how it’s great to be young and knowing you’ve still got time to do everything you want to do in life.”

And making music is what Malik wants to be doing — competition be damned: Since dropping “Still Got Time” March 24, three other former One Direction members have also unveiled their own solo releases. While Malik veers toward R&B, Harry Styles has gravitated toward classic rock, Niall Horan’s two songs lean acoustic folk-rock, and Liam Payne’s debut goes the hip-hop route.

“While we’re conscious of what everybody else is doing, I think we’re on the page that we just have to get on with releasing the music,” Edge says. “Everybody is going to coexist. What’s emerging is that there are different musical styles that each member is getting into.”

“Zayn just wants to make his music and do what he does,” Edge continues before explaining that this new album will be more personal and less producer-driven. “I think he definitely wants a lot of himself in there, and I think that’s what the last record had — it maybe even gave people more insight than they thought they were going to get.”

Malik’s album doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive this year.

How Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Mary Poppins sequel character connects to Dick Van Dyke

Lin-Manuel Miranda first heard the pitch for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns sequel between a matinee and evening performance of his Broadway smash, Hamilton (you probably haven’t heard of it). It was during his final few months in the musical, before his summer departure in 2016, when director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca met Miranda at a hotel across the street from the theatre to pitch the role they had in mind: Jack, a charming working man who watches over London’s gaslamp-lined neighborhoods with a band of lamplighters known as Leeries.

Miranda, who deems the film his “first big movie,” recalls the pitch: “They said, ‘We’re not asking you to be Dick Van Dyke, but what we know is, it’s Emily Blunt and you, and we want to build it around you guys.’ They told me Dave [Magee] was writing the script, and I just absolutely fell in love with the pitch and their story. Plus, Rob made Chicago — I think it’s the best modern musical adaptation we have — so I knew I wanted to be in that room and go on that ride. In no world in my mind did the chance to play in the land of Mary Poppins even exist. It’s just this sort of iconic thing that’s from your childhood, and it’s crazy to even get to do it.”

While much of Mary Poppins Returns is directly based on P.L. Travers’ book series, Jack is more of a new creation for the film who helps link the journey of the Banks family and provide a magical assist to pal Mary Poppins. Jack does share Bert’s up-for-anything spirit; he doesn’t share Bert’s infamous cockney accent (or at least, that’s what Miranda has been affectionately working hard to avoid). And although there won’t be an onscreen reunion between the patron and his protégée, Van Dyke did film a cameo as a different character, and Miranda was still reeling from the experience when EW visited just a day later.

“Imagine how cool you think Dick Van Dyke is, and double that — that’s how cool he was,” gushes Miranda, who shares deep theatre roots with the versatile 91-year-old star. “I wish I had as much energy as he has now at 91 than I do at 37. But he was just running laps around us. I’d see the little kids being tired, and there’s Dick Van Dyke running. The greatest acting challenge was just being in it with him during the scene because he’s Dick Van Dyke.”

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Pennywise shows up, he’s front and center, and he does his show. He has an act,“ Andy Muschietti [director of IT] says. "So it’s weird all the time, and every little thing implies a further threat.

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'My Immortal' memoir canceled: Author says she's been 'branded a liar'
Rose Christo was revealed as the apparent author of the infamous fan fiction last month

I don’t want to boost anything from Kiwifarms since I know people who’ve been harassed by them, but here’s the Entertainment Weekly article linked in that Reddit masterpost about the My Immortal book being canceled.

It frames it in a way that’s more sympathetic to Christo, with her giving her account for why she failed their background check (“protecting her family’s identities”), but I assume most of you can read between the lines etc.

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'Outlander' Producers Give a (Super Early) Season 4 Preview
To read more on Outlander, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now. Don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. …

 The Outlander season 3 adaptation of Voyager — the third book in Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling series — doesn’t premiere until Sept. 10 on Starz, but showrunner Ronald D. Moore and his production team are already looking toward their next challenge: transforming Drums of Autumn into a 13-episode extravaganza for 2018.

*SPOILERS* Thanks to the network’s decision to pick up seasons 3 and 4 at the same time, Moore and his team have started writing scripts for the next batch of episodes, which are supposed to take place in the 18th century colony of North Carolina, as well as 20th century Inverness and Boston.“We’re deep into writing it,” Moore tells EW. “There are crews on the ground in Scotland, and have been there for quite some time prepping, so we’re moving forward.”Moore says the plan is to have locations in Scotland double as 18th century America, but “we’ll also go to Eastern Europe and shoot some stuff for the mountains and rivers of North Carolina.”In the meantime, season 4 casting began in May when the producers found two Northern Inuit puppies who would play the “role” of Rollo the dog. As Gabaldon told EW earlier this year: “In Drums of Autumn, Rollo first comes into contact by young Ian Murray. Rollo and Young Ian met on the docks in North Carolina, when Young Ian won the dog in a card game, and a life-long bond was formed between them, meaning that Rollo became a member of the ever-growing Fraser family.”Now that the precious pooch is out of the way, Moore and his producing partner, Maril Davis, are on the lookout for the perfect humans to help forward the franchise. “Season 4 is all about Jocasta, who’s Jamie’s aunt,” Davis says. “There are also several people in Jocasta’s household. Captain Stephen Bonnet becomes a baddie, and there are several Native American roles. There are some really fun parts to cast.”

Finally, you better get used to Outlander’s fall debut, Sassenachs.

“The hope is that we would be on the air regularly in the fall,” Moore says. “That’s part of the reason why we’re overlapping the production. We were actually working on season 4 while we were still shooting season 3 this year. So it made it a much more difficult production because now, you had to shift focus for writers and department heads to start working on that season while the one we were currently on was still underway. So the goal is to try to be on the air again next fall.”

This Week’s Cover: Thor gets a makeover in Ragnarok first look

Sometimes even superheroes need makeovers. And let’s face it: Thor’s hair was always a little too Nelson-circa-1990. So in Thor: Ragnarok, out Nov. 3, audiences will see the Norse god get his signature blond locks shorn. “It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”

Marvel’s third solo outing for Thor is a fresh start in more than just follicular ways. “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The latest entry finds Thor battling not only the Goddess of Death, Hela (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), but also his frenemy the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when the pair find themselves on a desolate planet called Sakaar.

When Hela is accidentally unleashed from her prison, she is not psyched. “She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett, who worked with legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Grindhouse) and learned the Brazilian martial art capoeira to prep for the role. Her attack on Thor sends him to Sakaar where he is forced to become a gladiator and realizes he’s no longer super special. “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” Hemsworth explains. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.” Case in point: Sakaar’s most successful (and popular) fighter is The Hulk.

Still, despite a title that references an end-of-days-type battle in Norse mythology, Ragnarok marks a decidedly more comedic installment for the series, thanks in large part to director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”

Now the Ragnarok team just has to see if the Marvel audience is open to such a recalibration. “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’ ” Waititi says. “We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”

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Best of 2017: How 'Queen Sugar' explored the painful consequences of police brutality
Star Dawn-Lyen Gardner talks to EW about the potent, harrowing story line

Ava DuVernay’s excellent OWN series Queen Sugar saw main character Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe) encounter police brutality firsthand this season in a powerful, relevant storyline. About halfway through the season, his mother, played by Dawn-Lyen Gardner, finds out the extent of her son’s terrible experience; here, EW talks to that actress about this powerful arc and how it reflects very present, very real issues in modern America.

Zayn Malik’s new album ‘shows a lot of growth’

Leaving One Direction wasn’t easy for Zayn Malik, who officially parted ways with the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career. But the decision has worked out well for him so far: His first album, Mind of Mine, debuted at No. 1 and was positively reviewed by critics, including EW’s Leah Greenblatt, who called the record “a smoothly inclusive survey in modern R&B” in her B+ review. And while his new record will retain that sound, it’s also a step in a different, ahem, direction.

“It wasn’t easy making that decision and having the courage to step out first and make a record,” RCA Records CEO Peter Edge, who worked with Malik on the yet-to-be-titled new collection, tells EW. “This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time. It shows a lot of growth.”

That tone is apparent on first single “Still Got Time,” a dancehall-inspired jam featuring rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR. “If you think about the lyrics,” Edge points out, “it’s talking about how it’s great to be young and knowing you’ve still got time to do everything you want to do in life.”

And making music is what Malik wants to be doing — competition be damned: Since dropping “Still Got Time” March 24, three other former One Direction members have also unveiled their own solo releases. While Malik veers toward R&B, Harry Styles has gravitated toward classic rock, Niall Horan’s two songs lean acoustic folk-rock, and Liam Payne’s debut goes the hip-hop route.

“While we’re conscious of what everybody else is doing, I think we’re on the page that we just have to get on with releasing the music,” Edge says. “Everybody is going to coexist. What’s emerging is that there are different musical styles that each member is getting into.”

“Zayn just wants to make his music and do what he does,” Edge continues before explaining that this new album will be more personal and less producer-driven. “I think he definitely wants a lot of himself in there, and I think that’s what the last record had — it maybe even gave people more insight than they thought they were going to get.”

Malik’s album doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive this year. Hear “Still Got Time” above.

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