TIME remembrance

See How Celebrities Reacted to Leonard Nimoy’s Death

The great actor's passing was mourned on social media by friends and fans alike

Leonard Nimoy, who earned legend status for playing the original Spock on Star Trek, died on Feb. 27. From hi co-pilot and co-star William Shatner to Zachary Quinto, who inherited his pointy ears in the Star Trek reboots, celebrities took to Twitter to bid farewell.

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TIME remembrance

This Is How the New Spock Said Goodbye to the Old Spock

Zachary Quinto bid farewell to Leonard Nimoy on Instagram

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series, died Feb. 27 at the age of 83.

One of the most touching tributes to hit social media after Nimoy’s wife confirmed his death was from Zachary Quinto, the actor who has played Spock in the last two Star Trek reboot films, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

The two once starred in an Audi commercial together as friendly adversaries. In reality, both actors said that they bonded over playing the hyper-logical half-human and grew to be good friends. Watch the ad below:

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TIME Remembrence

Leonard Nimoy’s Final Tweet Will Make You Cry

The Star Trek star passed away on Feb. 27

Leonard Nimoy, who won over an obsessive fan-base with his logical, pointy-eared Mr. Spock on Star Trek, died on Feb. 27. He was 83.

His final tweet from Monday was exceptionally poignant:

Nimoy signed all his tweets “LLAP” or “Live Long and Prosper,” his character’s catchphrase from the Star Trek series and films.

Nimoy had announced via Twitter last year that he had been diagnosed with COPD, a chronic respiratory disease caused by smoking that has no cure. He encouraged his followers to stop smoking.

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TIME Television

Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in March

Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) and Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo Credit: Saeed Adyani © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Saeed Adyani—Netflix Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) and Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series Bloodline

New originals with Kyle Chandler, Aziz Ansari and Ellie Kemper — as well as some older movies and TV shows

Netflix is premiering several highly-anticipated originals this month, as well as adding some old favorites in March.

Here are the new Netflix originals:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tina Fey and Richard Carlock are reuniting for the comedy starring The Office‘s Ellie Kemper about a girl who leaves her doomsday cult for New York City. The show will follow Kimmy and her new roommate—a talented singer who plays a robot in Times Square—as she acclimates to her new life and begins working as a nanny for wealthy Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski also of 30 Rock).

Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden

Comedian and Parks and Recreation vet Aziz Ansari will premiere his second Netflix-exclusive standup special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden on March 6. Ansari’s first project with Netflix, Buried Alive, is also available on the streaming service.

Bloodline

Kyle Chandler will star in Bloodline, Netflix’s most-anticipated drama since House of Cards. The show follows four adult siblings in the Florida Keys whose secrets resurface when their black sheep brother returns home. Since Friday Night Lights wrapped, Chandler has appeared in supporting roles in Wolf of Wall Street, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Super 8. His return to television will premiere on March 20.

Here are the new movies, shows and seasons coming to Netflix:

Archer season 5 (March 7)

Glee season 5 (March 7)

The final season, season 6, will wrap this month on Fox.

Third Rock from the Sun, the complete series (March 15)

A Different World, the complete series (March 15)

Mad Men, part 1 of season 7 (March 22)

(The final installment of the show premieres on April 5 on AMC)

Finding Neverland (March 1)

The Brothers Grimm (March 1)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (March 11)

And here are the titles you should watch before they disappear on March 1:

Seven

Cool Runnings

Dumb and Dumber

Pretty in Pink

Rachel Getting Married

Flubber

Dexter’s Laboratory

Legends of the Fall

 

TIME Crime

9 Dead in Missouri Shootings

The apparent shooting spree took place in a rural Missouri town

Nine people were found dead early Friday after a series of overnight shootings in a small town in Missouri.

Eight were shot in and around the rural community of Tyrone, including the apparent gunman, and a ninth person found dead at the crime scene had passed away from natural causes, police said.

Law enforcement agents found the body of the apparent shooter, a 36-year-old man, inside a car in the next county over, NBC reports.

Texas County Sheriff deputies said they were alerted to the slayings at 10:15 pm Thursday when a young woman called saying she had heard gunshots in her home and fled. Deputies found two people dead inside that home.

Further investigation led to five other people who had been shot and killed inside Tyrone residences. One person was found injured and taken to the hospital. In another residence, police found the body of a deceased elderly woman who appeared to have died of natural causes.

The relationship between the shooter and the victims is not immediately clear. Police said they would hold a press conference mid-morning.

[NBC]

TIME Television

Here’s What to Expect from Season 3 of House of Cards

What we know — and what we predict will happen

House of Cards returns at midnight on Netflix. Based on where season two left off and early reviews, here’s what fans can expect.

Obviously, spoilers follow.

More policy, less scandal

Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) is president now, which means he has to take a break from murder and manipulation to actually run the country.

For those who don’t remember, Frank convinced Senator Hector Mendoza to start a smear campaign against President Garrett Walker (because he and his wife had been to couples’ counseling) and persuaded a special prosecutor to implicate Walker in a scandal involving money laundering with a Chinese businessman. President Walker finally stepped down, making Frank Underwood POTUS.

Early reviews suggest that the first few episodes are, well, a bit dry (albeit somewhat closer to real Washington politics than the riveting first two seasons).

Frank will struggle to hold on to his office

Remember, Frank’s term is almost up. He’ll soon have to seek reelection in 2016, which will be tough considering 1) he wasn’t voted into office 2) he’s made a lot of enemies and 3) he’s a murderous psychopath, a fact that’s bound to come out at some point.

We find out if Doug Stamper is dead or alive

Frank’s ex-chief of staff, Doug Stamper, was knocked out by ex-prostitute slash born-again Christian Rachel Posner and left for dead in the woods. Stamper was tasked with keeping Rachel from revealing any details about Zoe Barnes’ death. (Remember: Frank pushed Barnes in front of a train last season.) Unfortunately for him, he fell for Rachel. When he discovered that she was in a relationship with a woman she met at church, he chased her through the woods, where she hit him over the head a few times.

Is Stamper dead? If not, what does that mean for Rachel? And whether or not he survived the attack, Underwood will have to find some way to explain away the incident.

Gavin Orsay will be a player

The creepy hacker who’s overly attached to his pet guinea pig is still working as an FBI informant. He and Doug struck a deal that he would keep silent about Barnes’ death if Doug dropped the hacking charges against him. With Doug incapacitated or even dead, he could easily go rogue.

Many of the compelling minor characters from previous seasons are either dead, incarcerated or missing — Peter Russo, Zoe Barnes, Lucas Godwin, Rachel Posner, Janine Skorsky. Gavin is one of the few non-politicians left who can threaten Frank or help him. Expect him to be back with a vengeance.

Claire will get hers

Just as conniving as her husband, Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) unceremoniously dropped her bill to make it easier to adjudicate sex crimes in the military in order for she and her husband to make it into the Oval Office. It’s unlikely she’ll be satisfied sitting by and doing nothing as first lady.

Pussy Riot will guest star

It was reported back in August that two members of the Russian punk rock activist group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, would make an appearance on the show. We can safely assume, then, that at some point Frank will be forced to address Russian politics — and possibly the country’s discriminatory laws against gay people.

TIME Television

House of Cards Creator Beau Willimon: Love Is ‘Transactional’

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David Giesbrecht—Netflix Robin Wright and Kevin Spacey in Season 3 of Netflix's House of Cards

On the show, love is all about power — and don't expect that to change in season three

Frank and Claire Underwood probably won’t grow more sentimental this weekend on the third season of House of Cards, which premieres on Netflix on Feb. 27. Fans know by now that everything on the show is about power — and love, as creator Beau Willimon tells TIME, is no exception.

“I think that love, even the purest love, is also about power and transactional. I don’t look at ‘power’ as a bad word, and I don’t look at ‘transactional’ as a bad word,” he says.”Even the phrase ‘unconditional love’ is almost the terminology of contract law. It’s saying I am making a bargain with you to make myself completely vulnerable and open, to always be there for you. And I expect that in return. That is transactional.”

Willimon’s philosophy on relationships is neatly summed up by Frank (Kevin Spacey) in season one. He quotes Oscar Wilde: “Everything in the world is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power.”

While critics have said characters on the show use sex for leverage or involve power politics in the bedroom, Willimon says that’s how sex often works. “I would argue that if you look at a lot of relationships, those extreme power dynamics exist in them where one of the two people is prostituting themselves,” he says. “And that could be a man or a woman.”

Romantic!

TIME Television

How to Get Away With Murder’s Jack Falahee: Why We Should Stop Talking About Connor’s Sexuality

JACK FALAHEE
Mitchell Haaseth—ABC Jack Falahee as Connor Walsh on How to Get Away With Murder

The actor talks about his audition, why he doesn't own a TV and what will happen with Connor and Oliver

Before he was cast as Connor in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, Jack Falahee was driving a Lyft car. Now, he’s the breakout star on a freshman show from Shonda Rhimes disciple Pete Nowalk that draws upwards of 8 million people every week.

Connor has racked up fans thanks to his ruthless tactics in law school — and a few steamy sex scenes. Ahead of How to Get Away With Murder’s finale Thursday, Falahee spoke to TIME about how he got the role, whether Connor and Oliver will make it, and why we should all stop talking about Connor’s sexuality.

TIME: What do you think, during your audition, you brought to the character of Connor that was different from the other people who tried out for the role?

Jack Falahee: I’m always at a loss for what happens in the audition room. But I do think that one of the things that benefited me is that I didn’t play Connor’s sexuality in any way. I saw that as just another facet of a multidimensional character. It’s part of who he is, but it doesn’t define who he is.

The audition scene for the role was the scene in the pilot where he’s trying to pick up Oliver at a bar. I sort of played it where he was completely disconnected and actually kind of mean to Oliver, which I think was different than what other people did.

What did you think of the character in the audition? Have your feelings about him changed over the course of the season?

When I first read it, I was mostly interested in Connor because he seemed like someone I knew—a guy from school or one of my brother’s colleagues. Pete [Nowalk] crafted this character that’s flawed but likable. You want to hate him but he’s so charming at the same time. It’s so honest.

But even though he feels relatable, the show is obviously very dramatic.

That’s why Shondaland makes such great television. These are real people that you and I both know, but they’re thrown into these extremely high-stakes situations. Seeing how these characters unravel and deal with these melodramatic circumstances is just more interesting. They’re nail biters.

And as an actor, that’s a challenging exercise. Connor is chopping up a man’s burnt remains with a crowbar. You can’t draw upon personal experience for that. You can only draw upon the realness of that character that you’ve established before for those moments.

You said Connor’s sexuality has not been a focus for you. But there’s been a lot of discussion about Connor’s sex life online. Were you surprised that that part of the show drew so much attention?

I really hope in my lifetime that this isn’t a conversation that needs to take place. When I read the pilot, it didn’t register to me that this would be a big deal. But I think it’s great that people are relating to Connor on some level or admire him or even dislike him or are repulsed by him. That’s what makes the character is very interesting.

I think a lot of that conversation stemmed from the fact that the pilot had some firsts on network TV—parts of Connor’s sex scenes and the way he spoke about sex. The show also addresses a lot of topics like race or sex head-on. Do you think network TV is becoming more open about these issues?

I don’t even own a television. I don’t watch network television. When people talk about firsts on How to Get Away With Murder—for example with that scene in the pilot—when I read that, I didn’t know that that hadn’t occurred on network television. Maybe I’m naive, but I was surprised by the reaction to that on social media and in reviews.

But there is a more progressive cultural consciousness now. A big reason why I’m not a big TV watcher is that in my formative years as a viewer, there wasn’t that much great television on, or at least television that appealed to me. That’s changing. There’s a lot of really diverse and rich content being produced on television, Shondaland and otherwise, that speaks to all sorts of different viewers. Our show looks more like real life, and it’s trying its best to depict an honest version of sexuality and race and faith and socioeconomic struggles.

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So if you don’t own a television how do you watch Murder?

They allow us to watch it at the studio. Actually, tomorrow night I’m going to be at a hotel, so it will be the first time I’m watching it on a television with the viewing audience. So that will be exciting.

What do you think of Connor’s relationship with Oliver at this point? In some ways, it’s healthier than ever. But Connor’s also faking an addiction to keep them together.

I wonder if there’s something in Connor’s faking an addiction that is grounded in reality—if that in some ways it’s a cry for help and there’s some sincerity to it. I’ve proffered the idea that on some level, Connor is a sex addict. So there may be some truth in his plea to Oliver.

As far as their relationship goes, I think Connor felt he was getting close with someone and vulnerable, and so he pushed that person away even though he genuinely had feelings for Oliver. That began his downward spiral and sexual promiscuity that was unfulfilling. I think that, paired with this extremely stressful situation of helping to cover up this murder, drove Connor back into Oliver’s arms.

And obviously, Connor’s been an awful partner to Oliver, so Oliver has [a] hard time trusting him. I don’t know if their relationship can continue. We all tell lies in relationships—however big or small they are. But the secret that Connor is harboring is just so massive. I’m interested to see how that will play a role in their relationship. There’s going to have to be a lot better communication between the two of them in order to survive this thing.

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TIME weather

Snow and Storms to Batter the South

Winter storm hits metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Branden Camp—EPA A vehicle drives in the snow on Interstate 575 in Acworth, Ga. on Feb. 25, 2015.

And parts of the Midwest

A winter storm will bring rain and snow to much of the South on Wednesday night, stretching from North Texas to the Carolinas.

Atlanta, Nashville and Charlotte can all expect freezing rain and sleet. The Gulf Coast, meanwhile, will suffer through heavy rain and thunderstorms, according to Weather.com.

The midwest will also get rain and snow, from Springfield, Ill., to Pittsburgh. That storm will eventually merge with the one moving up from the South.

[Weather.com]

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