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Watch the Latest Gone Girl Trailer

The new trailer shows an even creepier look at the film adaptation of the bestseller

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During Monday night’s Emmy Awards, a new trailer debuted for the much-anticipated film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl. The David Fincher factor is in full force thanks in part to an impressive score from Trent Reznor, who won an Oscar for Fincher’s The Social Network.

There’s nothing that new in this trailer compared to the others — aside from a quick, although creepy, look at how Nick and Amy meet. The story follows the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (played in the film by Rosamund Pike) and the husband (Ben Affleck) who looks as if he’s responsible for killing her. Gone Girl hits theaters Oct. 3.

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Winnie Holzman: My So-Called Life‘s Angela Chase Would Have Been a CIA Agent

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UNITED STATES - AUGUST 25: MY SO-CALLED LIFE - gallery - 8/25/94, Claire Danes (second from right) played Angela Chase, a 15-year-old who wanted to break out of the mold as a strait-laced teen-ager and straight-A student. Pictured, left to right: Jason Leto (Jordan Catalano), A.J. Langer (Rayanne Graff), Wilson Cruz (Rickie Vasquez), Lisa Wilhoit (Danielle Chase), Devon Odessa (Sharon Cherski), Claire Danes (Angela Chase), Devon Gummersall (Brian Krakow), (Photo by Mark Seliger/ABC via Getty Images) Mark Seliger—ABC via Getty Images

On the 20th anniversary of the cult classic My So Called Life, the show's creator talks about what could have been

If it weren’t for Winnie Holzman, pop culture might be a very different place. Claire Danes might not have been discovered; gay teenagers might not have made it onto TV; we may never have known the glory of Jared Leto’s incredible long flowing hair.

It all originated with the beloved hourlong drama My So-Called Life, which aired for a painfully brief single season back in 1994 and has picked up troves of fans in the 20 years since it aired.

While we’ll never know if Angela gave Brian Krakow a chance, we do have the scoop on which way the show would have gone. Holzman, who says she created the show because she wanted to be honest about what teenage life is, spoke with TIME about Angela’s future and if the show could have been saved in a social media era.

TIME: Did you know My So-Called Life would stay relevant to audiences for this long?

Winnie Holzman: It’s very easy to say to yourself, well, how am I going to be relevant? How am I going to connect to people? Rather than focus on that, I tried to focus on the idea that if you’re being honest and you’re being authentic about your own experience, then you have a real opportunity to connect with others. The show had a life of its own and a destiny of its own, which was so rewarding because when we were making the show, we could feel that it had a power. When it was canceled so early and then had this thing of coming back and having this life, that’s something that you don’t see every day. That’s something that’s very precious.

Your daughter, Savannah Dooley, has been very open about what the show means to her. How did that happen?

At first, the show was my place of work, and she would come and get to know the actors and play hide-and-seek on set. There was a beautiful transition where she did discover the show. What’s interesting is that she’s a lesbian, and I think it was very meaningful that even before she completely understood that she was gay, she knew I had created this gay character — this beautiful kind of coincidence.

Are you still in touch with the cast?

I’m still friends with Claire, which is one of the most treasured relationships in my life. She means a great deal to me as a person, and we’re so close in so many ways.

What would have happened to the characters if the show hadn’t been canceled?

There were thoughts I had, and I would have done some version of them. I wanted somebody to get pregnant — that probably would have been Sharon. I was also picturing something that had to do with Patti becoming depressed over the ending of her marriage. I was picturing Angela stepping into a leadership role where she really had to become almost the designated adult. So again, it’s all so theoretical and it remains that. Claire and I joke that she would have gone and become an agent in the CIA!

Do you think the show could have been saved if social media were around when it was canceled?

The Internet had been invented, like, 5 minutes before the show aired. At the time there was a huge push. I don’t know that it really would have made any difference, because it was the network and their needs and how they viewed the show.

What are you watching now?

Well, I really love Orange Is the New Black. I know Jenji [Kohan] a little bit as a colleague, and I think that the show is incredible. It’s a show that I fiercely admire.

My So-Called Life is available to stream on Hulu.

TIME Opinion

No, Catcalling Is Not a Form of Empowerment

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A New York Post writer explains why she loves being catcalled and finds it empowering. Here's why she's wrong.

The first time I was harassed on the street it was physical. Walking down St. Marks Place in Manhattan, I screamed when a man riding a bicycle grabbed me from behind and continued riding. No one nearby said a word, no one chased after the guy, no one asked me if I was OK. In fact, the surrounding crowd of people made me feel embarrassed for screaming.

Since then, I’ve been grabbed only one other time, but the number of times I’ve been verbally harassed is too many to count. It gets my blood boiling every time—I’ve tried ignoring them, I’ve tried giving them dirty looks, I’ve tried talking back to them. I’ve even gone to such lengths as wearing a sweater over my workout clothes every single time I step out the door, even mid-summer, as my curves in Spandex seem to give men—of any age, race or neighborhood—the welcome invitation to comment on my body.

So when the New York Posts’s Doree Lewak published an article called “Hey, ladies—catcalls are flattering!” it made me almost as angry as when men comment on my body. Lewak attempts to make the point that seeking out attention goes hand-in-hand with feminism, which is about self-empowerment. She adds that she prefers compliments to crude comments. But the message she’s sending is wrong. Street harassment is a gateway to physical harassment. If you send the message that any kind of verbal harassment is acceptable, you send the message that all harassment is OK.

Lewak cites her “first time,” when she was 20 and construction workers called after her. But it’s not just construction workers who are verbally harassing women. The construction-worker whistle is an outdated stereotype that Lewak is using to simply stir up controversy. If women only had to put up with whistling from a few men in hard hats, an eye roll could suffice as a reaction. What women are actually dealing with are verbal attacks that make us feel unsafe, that make us feel threatened.

She also writes that these hardy construction workers “need something to look at” when they’re breaking for lunch, and she’s happy to be that distraction—which is her right. But the assertion that men “deserve” or should be allowed to expect this is something else altogether.

To legitimize catcalling is to give voice to those who don’t deserve it: the man who told me he wanted to perform oral sex on me, the man who said he wanted it the other way around and the man who said he could have me if he wanted me. Instead of empowering all women, you empower the man who grabbed my dress in the East Village, who licked his lips and looked me up and down.

Self-empowerment means being empowered from within. Not being empowered by catcalls.

TIME celebrities

Robin Williams Was Battling Parkinson’s Disease, Wife Says

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Says "sobriety was intact" when he died

The wife of Robin Williams revealed Thursday that at the time of his death, the late comedian was not only battling depression and anxiety but the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease.

“Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” said Susan Schneider, in a statement.

Parkinson’s affects nearly 10 million people, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. The National Institutes of Health cites that “for people with depression and Parkinson’s disease, each illness can make symptoms of the other worse.” Research linking the two has focused on depression following a diagnosis, but it can be assumed that the actor’s depression predated his Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Schneider was Williams’ third wife. Read her entire statement below.

“Robin spent so much of his life helping others. Whether he was entertaining millions on stage, film or television, our troops on the frontlines, or comforting a sick child — Robin wanted us to laugh and to feel less afraid.

Since his passing, all of us who loved Robin have found some solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration for him from the millions of people whose lives he touched. His greatest legacy, besides his three children, is the joy and happiness he offered to others, particularly to those fighting personal battles.

Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.

It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid.”

TIME Television

Here Are the Adorable Kids Joining Downton Abbey‘s Cast Next Season

Your first look at the child actors playing Sybbie Branson and Master George Crawley

Finally, some good news for Downton Abbey fans. After killing off several beloved characters in recent seasons, the show’s creator Julian Fellowes has introduced a couple of adorable child actors to play the offspring of some of the show’s departed characters.

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The little ones already look adorable — now, just imagine them with British accents. Fifi Hart, 4, will play Sybbie Branson, daughter of the late Lady Sybil Crawley and Tom Branson, once Downton’s chauffeur. As a tearful refresher, Sybil died of toxemia shortly after giving birth in a heart-wrenching episode that was only the first to outrage fans.

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Later that same season, Matthew Crawley died in a car accident on the drive back to Downton from the hospital where his first son and heir had just been born. Master George Crawley will be played by 3-year-old twins Oliver and Zac Barker, who look like they could be the actual offspring of Dan Stevens, who played their fictional father. Lady Mary, George’s mother (Michelle Dockery), is not pictured with her son, of course, as she’s probably too busy being courted by many a gentleman to bother with the nanny’s work.

The children, only seen before as infants, represent the time jump the show is taking for next season. Mary could be remarried by now, for all we know.

Downton Abbey season 5 will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 4, 2015.

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Daniel Radcliffe Does Not Find Tinder Addictive At All

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The actor trades in his Gryffindor robes for a heart on his sleeve

Daniel Radcliffe is doing an excellent job of shedding his Chosen One persona — even if the public can’t seem to let go. His latest post-Potter performance strays far from fantasy with a charming and cheeky look at love in the new film What If.

Radcliffe plays Wallace, a Toronto-based twentysomething who falls hard for Zoe Kazan’s Chantry, and is forced to live in a torturous will-they-won’t-they romantic limbo. The film is earning fans already, thanks to a stellar score from indie-pop fave A.C. Newman and critical comparisons to 500 Days of Summer. Radcliffe talked to TIME about the supposed dying art of romantic comedies, what he thinks of Tinder (he isn’t on it, for the record!) and the men who inspired his idea of love.

TIME: Do you think romantic comedies are really a dying art?

Daniel Radcliffe: The two genres that I can think of are romantic comedy and action, and the big thing that happens across both of those is that after we have a few really, really good ones, people sort of latch on to that, but without paying any attention to what made those films really good. And what makes any film really, really good is caring about the central characters. You can basically have whatever story you like, and if you care about the main people it doesn’t matter what anything else looks like — you’ll go with it and you’ll be invested. We’re just so saturated by bad [romantic comedies] that you feel that’s the state of the genre. There are a lot of bad movies out there across all genres. I don’t know if it’s specifically that romantic comedies are on a resurgence or that they’ve died out — I think that when we get a surplus of bad movies, it can leave the impression that a genre is sort of going bad, but it’s nothing more than too many.

With so many people on dating apps, is it making romance a messier space?

People are still just having sex — it’s just happening quicker now. I think that’s the thing. The end result of Tinder is the same as it used to be when men went out to a pub in England on a Friday night — it’s just that it’s faster, I imagine. I don’t think that romance is on the decline — people are not tired of that. I’m not on Tinder, so I don’t know. It is hilarious though to watch some of my friends on it. If that girl walked up to them in a bar, they’d be lucky to talk to her, and there’s an excess of people on Tinder, and they’re swiping whichever direction, and it’s an odd thing. But I don’t think it will change the nature of love and relationships as much as people think it’s going to, because ultimately you still have to meet that person face-to-face.

Have you ever played with your friends’ Tinder accounts?

We had one longish day of rehearsal on Cripple of Inishman where we ended up on someone’s phone for a while and that was sort of my introduction to it. I’m sure if I had it, I might use it, but it’s not addictive to me.

The dialogue in What If is so conversational. Did you and Zoe improvise any of it?

I think it’s a testament to how good the writing in the movie is that we’re being asked about this. But there is a slight qualifier — probably 40-50% of what Adam Driver says is probably improvised. Zoe and I did a lot of improv — like the first diner scene — a lot of improvisation is involved in that. But generally speaking, [screenwriter] Elan [Mastai’s] writing is very naturalistic and real — in the same way that the British version of The Office was a show that I think everybody felt was improvised when it came out but was actually entirely scripted, and I think that’s the same sort of writing.

You mentioned you’re interested in doing some screenwriting. Do you have tips from Zoe, who wrote and starred in Ruby Sparks?

Zoe, actually, was one of the first people to read what I’d written. I had this idea for something and I bashed out the first 20 pages of the script really quickly and had the moment of immediately doubting everything I’d written and my idea as a whole. I showed it to Zoe, and I asked if it was even worth carrying on with, and she gave me a very emphatic reaction, which was yes, definitely keep going with this. I’d love to direct one day. The main reason for writing is that I feel like it’s probably easier to write something myself than to convince some other writer to give me his script as my first film.

In the movie, your character is such a hopeless romantic. Who’s influenced your view of romance?

The romantic poets of England, the second generation of Keats, Byron and Shelley were something I got really into when I was about 16. I still am. I think there’s something in the way they write and see beauty in everything, and the possibility for beauty in everything. It is romantic and I like to think I share that. I wouldn’t say I’m up there with Shelley and Keates and Byron in terms of romance, but I think that’s sort of where I got my ideas of romance from.

The movie is full of awkwardness. Do you have any awkward date stories?

I’ve got plenty of awkward stories. I don’t think I have any awkward date stories, which I suppose is a good thing.

What do you think Wallace could learn from Harry Potter about dating?

Oh, God. Well, I think, in a funny way they’re both slightly similar in that they are both much less direct than I would be about a situation. I’m not very good at living in uncertainty, and Wallace definitely is. And I’m trying to remember more of Harry’s dating history now.

It was just Cho Chang and Ginny Weasley, right?

That was it, really, wasn’t it? Harry’s dating situation was all set against the backdrop that he’s going to die at any minute, so there’s probably a lot more urgency with that.

Have you given any advice to Harry Potter co-star Rupert Grint, who is making his Broadway debut this fall?

I haven’t given him advice, but I can’t wait for him to come to Broadway, I’ll definitely be going to see it. It’s a real thrill to see him on stage. It’s like someone you went to school with doing something else in a totally different context and being brilliant at it. It makes you proud.

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New If I Stay Trailer Ups the Romance

Cue the tears

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Fans of Gayle Forman’s young adult novel If I Stay got a closer look at the book’s movie adaptation Tuesday, after the film’s second trailer dropped. The story follows Mia (Chloë Grace Moretz), a cello player who is stuck in limbo after a tragic car accident, and must choose between life without her parents or death without her boyfriend.

The new trailer focuses on the idea of teenage love being ever-inconvenient, particularly in the face of death, a familiar subject for young adult fans thanks to bestseller-turned-box-office-blockbuster The Fault In Our Stars. It’s no surprise the heartbreaking themes are so similar; Dutton Publisher Julie Strauss-Gabel edited both books.

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6 Things the Real Masters of Sex Taught Us About Sex in 1970

Before they were on Showtime, they were on the cover of TIME

Showtime’s acclaimed series Masters of Sex comes back for its second season this weekend, but before it was a hit show, the real Virginia Johnson and Dr. William Masters graced the May 25, 1970 cover of TIME to talk about their groundbreaking adult sexual education.

“The greatest form of sex education,” Masters once said, “is Pop walking past Mom in the kitchen and patting her on the fanny, and Mom obviously liking it. The kids take a look at this action and think, ‘Boy, that’s for me!'”

While sexual myths of penis size and libido boosters still exist today, Masters and Johnson were the original debunkers. This is what their research concluded in the 70’s.

1. Penis size has nothing to do with sexual effectiveness.
2. Baldness is not a sign of virility.
3. There is no physiological difference, as Freud first proposed, between a clitoral orgasm and a vaginal orgasm.
4. Humans can remain sexually active well into their ninth decade. “All that is necessary,” says Masters, “is reasonably good health and an interested and interesting partner.”
5. Intercourse is not dangerous at any time during pregnancy—unless, says Masters, it is contraindicated by “ruptured membranes, pain and bleeding.”
6. Masturbation is not harmful.

Catch up on William Masters and Virginia Johnson by reading their 1970 cover story now and see what happened in the first season of the hit series.

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Watch the New Gone Girl Trailer

Amazing Amy, indeed!

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The second trailer for David Fincher’s big screen adaptation of Gone Girl is here, and it’s promising a chilling cinematic take on Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel.

Fans of the book, which follows the mysterious disappearance of Amy Dunne (played in the film by Rosamund Pike) and the husband (Ben Affleck) who looks as if he’s responsible for killing her, will be pleased to see bits of Amy’s journal featuring Pike’s hair-raising voice over — but there’s still plenty left to the imagination when it comes to the story’s infamous twist.

Fincher ups the creepiness with a first look at Neil Patrick Harris as Desi, Amy’s ex-boyfriend, who’s likely to play an integral role in the plot no matter how much the screenplay strays from the book.

20th Century FOX is keeping the spook factor at an all-time high with the film’s new posters, which reveal a slew of evidence on the case.

The movie hits theaters Oct. 3.

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The Silkworm—J.K. Rowling Has the Magic Touch With Serial Books

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With Rowling’s second Cormoron Strike novel on sale this week, it’s clear the author has the magic touch when it comes to recurring characters

J.K. Rowling has tried several times to break free from total Potterdom as a writer. The first time post-Harry was with The Casual Vacancy, an adult novel about a small-town government election, which she published in 2013. The book was not well received overall (but did earn high marks from TIME’s Lev Grossman), which is perhaps why she made the de-pressurizing decision to publish her next novel, 2013’s crime story The Cuckoo’s Calling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It dominated bestseller lists once the true author became known. And maybe the Galbraith name is Rowling’s felix felicis; even though we know exactly who she is this time around, she—as Galbraith—has come back with The Silkworm. Rowling, it seems, is a serialist at heart.

Readers flocked to the Potter series not just because of the compelling story lines, but because the adolescent wizards felt like friends. Hell, even the elves felt like friends. And though it’s nearly impossible to recreate the comfort of that series, Rowling delivers a similar sentiment in reuniting readers with detective duo Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

The first novel followed Strike and his new secretary-cum-sidekick as they solved the mysterious death of model Lula Landry, but The Silkworm delves into territory that is darker and more disturbing than any of Draco Malfoy’s doings. Strike is hired by the wife of author Owen Quine, who went missing after receiving news that his latest manuscript was unpublishable. What follows is a sadistic murder mystery that only Ellacott and Strike, now celebrated for solving the Landry case, could solve.

The story is enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork. Rowling lets the reader in on bits of their back stories—Strike’s combat in Afghanistan that cost him a leg, Ellacott’s career goals and difficult relationship with her fiancée. Each chapter draws us further into Cormoran Strike’s psyche, and makes us care more not just about the case getting solved, but about Strike being the one to solve it.

They are likable, and worth getting to know— and Rowling should stick to recurring series with characters worth revisiting. The Casual Vacancy told a wonderful story, but it did little for readers invested in character development, especially those who crave a sort of friendship with the people on the page. In such a sprawling landscape, with an abundance of characters, I would have preferred a series to keep track of, and more investment in the people of Pagford. Though I enjoyed the story, I felt quite disconnected to those involved. And I wasn’t the only one. Confusion amongst readers led The Telegraph to publish a guide to 34 characters for those who wanted a cheat sheet.

The Casual Vacancy is being optioned jointly by HBO and BBC as a three-part series starring Michael Gambon, known well for playing Dumbledore in the last few Potter films. The brilliance of Rowling’s novels is that they’re written so cinematically and leave the reader with a sense of longing, that they’ll miss the place and the people Rowling brought them to. But with hardly a break for the reader to sort through the plot and plethora of people in Vacancy, it felt almost too dense to enjoy.

If I had Hermione’s time turner, I’d urge Rowling to go back and split The Causal Vacancy into two or three books. With The Silkworm, she’s back on track with a cast of characters who you’ll want to meet again and again.

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