TIME movies

Superman Declared a ‘False God’ in Official Batman v Superman Trailer

No love is lost between the two DC heroes

After a rough cut leaked earlier in the day, Warner Bros. released the first official trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on Friday. In it, Superman is declared a “false God” by pundits. And just when the hero may be getting too big for his spandex, in comes Ben Affleck, clad in all black as Batman (with glowing eyes!) ready to make Superman bleed.

The movie, based on the DC Comics, hits theaters March 25, 2016.

TIME Books

Anna Kendrick Is Writing a Book of Essays

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Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images Actress Anna Kendrick poses inside the press room of the 87th Annual Academy Awards held at Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 22, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Twitter's 140-character limit be damned

Anna Kendrick will join Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham and Mindy Kaling on the list of funny celebs to write a memoir. The Pitch Perfect star’s book, a series of humorous biographical essays, is set to be published in the fall of 2016 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

The Academy Award-nominated actor has earned a reputation for her wit and sarcasm on Twitter and, according to a statement she released, is eager to see if she can extend a series of 140-character tweets into whole chapters.

“I’m excited to publish my first book, and because I get uncomfortable when people have high expectations, I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself,” Kendrick said.

“And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to BuzzFeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea. Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon? Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”

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TIME movies

Expect ‘Strong Women’ in Future Star Wars Films

Lucasfilm president shows closing the gender gap is a priority

For decades, little girls who wanted to pretend to be Star Wars characters were left with only two options, one per trilogy: Leia or Padmé. Though both were relatively strong female characters, they certainly didn’t wield the power of Jedis. Executives at Lucasfilm made it clear during a Thursday event that all the future flicks in the franchise will work hard to close that gender gap, beginning with Daisy Ridley playing Rey, the female protagonist of the sevenths episode in the series, The Force Awakens.

Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said at a Star Wars panel in Anaheim, Calif., that the three upcoming standalone films and the spinoffs would feature “really strong women.” Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original and will reprise her role in the next film, echoed Kennedy’s sentiments when she took the stage. “I liked being the only [woman] when I was 19,” she said. “Now I need a little help.”

The dearth of female characters in the popular series has been a major frustration for fans and parents alike, and Disney—which owns Lucasfilm—has desperately been trying to keep up with demand. When the initial casting was announced for Star Wars: Episode VII last year, there were only two women and 11 men in the cast. Disney announced another two female actors to the cast within weeks of the backlash. Less than a month after that, people protested the Disney Store’s paltry Star Wars options for girls and the complete absence of Leia action figures with the hashtag #WeWantLeia. Disney Stores responded by rolling out new Leia toys and gear.

Adding more female protagonists to the many upcoming Star Wars movies will be one step in closing Hollywood’s gender gap. Just 12% of protagonists in the 100 top-grossing films last year were women, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, even though female-centric films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Maleficent and Lucy ruled the box office. But Disney has been a leader in the industry, especially since Frozen, a princess movie that substituted damsels in distress with two powerful sisters, became a sensation in 2013.

TIME movies

The New Wonder Woman Director Means Warner Bros. Is Listening

Warner Bros. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

The studio hired Patty Jenkins in the wake of Michelle MacLaren's departure

Patty Jenkins will replace Michelle MacLaren as the director of the 2017 Wonder Woman film, Warner Bros.’ first major female superhero movie in more than a decade, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jenkins has directed episodes of Entourage and The Killing and made her film debut with the indie Monster, which won Charlize Theron an Oscar for Best Actress.

Jenkins was at one point slated to be the first woman to direct a film for Warner Bros.’ rival, Marvel Studios. She was tapped for Thor 2, but left over “creative differences.” Speculation about whether sexism was involved that decision swirled when reports leaked that Natalie Portman was “enraged” over the departure.

The same questions arose when MacLaren — an Emmy-winning director who had built up an impressive résumé directing what are widely considered to be some of the best episodes of Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead — left the Wonder Woman project. Some critics grouped Jenkins’ and MacLaren’s departures together to suggest that studio executives might be barring women from the superhero genre altogether.

Jenkins taking the helm could silence critics who just days ago had accused the studio of sexism. (Even Lynda Carter, who portrayed the lasso-wielding hero on the TV show Wonder Woman in the 1970s, said the film needed women behind it.) It could also keep the film on track for its 2017 release date — beating out Marvel, which won’t release its first female-centric superhero film, Captain Marvel, until 2018. Gal Gadot, who has proved her grit in the Fast and Furious films, will still star in Wonder Woman as the superpowered Amazonian warrior.

Despite the fact that there have been some 50 superhero movies made just in the past 10 years — from Spider-Man to The Dark Knight to X-Men to The Avengers — no woman has directed any of the major films. (Lexi Alexander directed a comic-book-inspired movie, Punisher: War Zone, in 2008, but the fan base and box-office numbers come nowhere close to the numbers a Wonder Woman or Supergirl movie might produce.)

Last year, only 7% of the 250 highest-grossing films were directed by women, according to the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. That number has fallen 2% over the past two decades. Even though women consistently take home directing prizes in prestigious festivals like Sundance for art-house films, they’re largely boxed out of the most lucrative genres.

There’s been a dearth of female superhero movies over this time period as well. The last attempts were Catwoman and Elektra: both films were directed by men, got poor reviews, flopped at the box office and convinced studios for several years that female superhero movies just “don’t work.”

But an increasingly vocal female comic-book fan base — about 50% of San Diego Comic Con’s attendees last year were women — has pushed for greater representation of their sex in both the books and film. And slowly, performances like Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in The Avengers and Zoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy have convinced executives that maybe female characters can build their own fan bases after all. In just the past two years, Warner Bros. green-lit a Wonder Woman film, Sony gave the green light to a female superhero movie based on the Spider-Man universe and Marvel approved a Captain Marvel flick — for which it is recruiting an all-female writing duo.

MacLaren’s departure might have threatened to slow that momentum, but it looks like Jenkins could, well, save the day.

TIME fashion

Gisele Retires After 20 Years on the Runway

She was the highest-paid model in the industry

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen formally announced her retirement from modeling on Wednesday after 20 years of walking the runway.

Bündchen posted the news to her Instagram account before a show at São Paulo Fashion Week, her last, along with a picture of herself when she first started at 14:

She is the highest-paid model in the industry, according to Forbes. As the face of brands like Chanel, Carolina Herrera and Louis Vuitton, she earned an estimated $386 million over the course of her career. Her 2014 paycheck alone was $47 million — $16 million more than that of her NFL-quarterback husband Tom Brady.

The supermodel, who has two children with Brady, says she is leaving to spend more time with her family but plans to continue to work in the fashion industry, likely as a designer. She already has her own line of flip-flops and lingerie.

TIME movies

The New Spider-Man Will Be a Teenage Peter Parker, Again

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Columbia Pictures Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Miles Morales rumors are not true, according to Marvel hed Kevin Feige

Is this headline beginning to sound repetitive? The new iteration of Spider-Man, who will appear in the Captain America: Civil War movie before getting his own feature film, will continue to be a high school-aged Peter Parker. This is bad news for fans who were hoping to escape watching the same teenage origin story of Parker yet again.

After the latest Amazing Spider-Man movie delivered a comparatively underwhelming box office, Sony teamed up with Marvel Studios to reboot Spider-Man for the third time since 2002. Some fans speculated—dare we say, hoped—that the two studios might change things up by subbing out Peter Parker for Miles Morales, a character who has worn Spidey’s mask in the comic books but not yet on the big screen. Miles Morales is also the first black Spider-Man and would have added some welcome diversity to the Avengers team. (Fans nominated Donald Glover for the part.)

But alas Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says they’re sticking with good 0l’ boring Peter Parker.

“In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know,” he told Screen Crush. “In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.” Feige did not address whether Andrew Garfield would continue to play Spidey, but it’s unlikely, since Marvel will want audiences to forget the last two sub-par films. Plus, Garfield is pushing the limits of “high schooler” even by Hollywood standards at 31.

MORE: Everything You Need to Know About Marvel and Sony Teaming Up for Yet Another Spider-Man Movie

This risk-averse move is likely to elicit a groan from the Marvel fan base. Twice audiences have watched a radioactive spider bite Peter. Twice they have rooted for Peter to win the affections of a high school crush. Twice they’ve watched poor Uncle Ben die. There are only so many times even the most die-hard fans can suffer through the same origin story.

But Marvel studios has made some savvy moves lately, announcing their first feature films headlined by a female superhero, Captain Marvel, and a black superhero, Black Panther. Perhaps Marvel can heed Uncle Ben’s advice—”With great power comes great responsibility”—and think outside the box for the next Peter Parker, too.

MORE: A Comic Book Dummy’s Guide to the Marvel Universe Plan

TIME Music

Watch Madonna Make Out With Drake at Coachella

It doesn't look like he enjoyed it

As it turns out, Madonna has always wanted to kiss Drake. The Rebel Heart singer told Us Weekly last month that her lifelong ambition was to “go on a dream date with Drake—and only kiss him,” and she got her wish on Sunday at the Coachella music festival.

Drake introduced Madonna before performing the song “Madonna”—what else?—from his latest release, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, during his headline set. Madonna took the stage wearing a “Big as Madonna” t-shirt (a line from the song) and, after singing, pulled Drake’s head back and planted a kiss that made her Britney Spears make out look tame.

Unfortunately for the pop diva, Drake seemed genuinely surprised by the move. When she finally released him, Drake leaned forward, grimacing and then laughing. After declaring, “I’m Madonna, b—!” she walked off the stage.

Mic dropped.

TIME politics

Hillary Clinton Gets in on Iron Throne Action With 2016 Announcement

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Clinton is coming

Hillary Clinton will reportedly announce her campaign for President of the United States Sunday, which, suspiciously, is the same time Game of Thrones and Veep—two very different shows about power brokering—return to HBO.

Fans of the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy Veep will recall that Vice President Selena Meyers was sworn in as Commander-in-Chief last season. But considering how often Selena’s people bungle delicate situations, perhaps Hillary would prefer the Game of Thrones comparison. Is House Clinton trying to associate itself with the ruthless fantasy characters in their own bid for the American throne? People on Twitter seem to think so, joking that the timing is, well, pretty perfect.

 

TIME celebrity

Gwyneth Paltrow Will Give Up Expensive Juices to Survive on Just $29 of Groceries This Week

The GOOP guru participates in the New York City Food Bank Challenge

Gwyneth Paltrow is consciously uncoupling from outrageously expensive health food for one week. The red meat-free, gluten-free GOOP queen tweeted Thursday that she will participate in the #FoodBankNYCChallenge. For seven whole days, Paltrow will eat on a Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program budget of $29 a week.

For those unfamiliar with GOOP’s eating habits, this will likely be a rude awakening. A choice quote from her book: “I’d rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.” Here’s a detox menu she posted on the GOOP site. Day 1: Godzilla Native Juice, Roasted Kaocha Soup, Rice Cakes With Almond Butter and Lemongrass Chicken Banh Mi Salad. That all looks like it would cost more than $29. And that’s just one day’s worth of food.

Paltrow was roped into the challenge by friend, chef and fellow Spain road-tripper Mario Batali, a member of New York City’s Food Bank board. Batali is one of several chefs working to try to stop Congress from further cutting food stamp benefits. And it looks like Gwyneth is already learning lessons:

TIME Television

Here’s How Netflix’s Daredevil Fits Into the Greater Marvel Universe

In the Netflix show, Matt Murdock doles out vigilante justice

The Marvel universe has expanded from the big screen to small screens, and now, finally, to our laptops: Marvel Studios will premiere Daredevil, its first of several Netflix shows, on Friday. Because Marvel—like one of its fictional masterminds—seems to have a plan to take over the world, Daredevil ties neatly into both the Marvel cinematic universe and the other Netflix shows to come.

First some background on our hero Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil, for those who haven’t read the comics and skipped the atrocious Ben Affleck film in 2003. Murdock (played by Charlie Cox on the show) was blinded in an accident as a child. Though he doesn’t have true superpowers per se, his other senses were heightened by the incident—so heightened, in fact, that he can hear bad guys breathing three floors below, anticipate a gunshot and track people for blocks by their smell. For reasons that aren’t immediately clear in the first few episodes, Murdock plays lawyer by day and hero by night, doling out vigilante justice to those who escape his grasp in the court of law.

Murdock does his crime-fighting in Hell’s Kitchen, a very specific neighborhood in New York City that locals know more for its trendy restaurants than its crime syndicates. But suspend your disbelief, because location is important.

Hell’s Kitchen, as those who were paying attention during The Avengers will remember, was destroyed when Thor, Iron Man and the rest of the team had to battle off aliens invading through a wormhole created by Thor’s evil adopted brother, Loki. It turns out the Avengers are really good at destroying buildings, but not so great at rebuilding them—in Daredevil, crime bosses have stepped in to profit from the city’s devastation. They launder money through corporations involved in rebuilding Hell’s Kitchen while conducting shady practices, like drug dealing and human trafficking, at the neighborhood docks.

Characters refer vaguely to the Avengers battle all the time on the show. Murdock and his legal partner, who both grew up in Hell’s Kitchen, buy office space there after graduating from Columbia University because the prices are dirt cheap. Evildoers rationalize that every time Thor swings his hammer, there’s a profit to be made. And big bads often yell at their minions when they can’t stop Daredevil because, after all, it’s not like he even has an Iron Man suit.

Eventually, Murdock will team up with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage to create The Defenders—all of whom will get their own 13-part Netflix series, just like Daredevil. (See: Marvel taking over the world, above.) These will all be so-called “street level” shows: If the Avengers are saving the universe, the Defenders are saving the neighborhood.

But don’t expect Daredevil and the other Netflix shows to just be Avengers spin-offs. Daredevil is much darker and more violent than anything Marvel has shown on the big screen. One man commits suicide by stabbing his own head through a spike. As Daredevil star Rosario Dawson explained to TIME earlier this week, the show is really more of a crime drama or legal procedural than it is a superhero story.

But to keep up with the entire Marvel universe, you’re going to have to watch both types of stories.

MORE: Rosario Dawson on Being a Hero, Not a Love Interest, in Netflix’s Daredevil

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