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Watch Eddie Redmayne Become Lili Elbe in First Trailer for The Danish Girl

"This is not my body — I have to let it go"

Eddie Redmayne thinks Lili Elbe’s thoughts, and dreams her dreams, in the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl.

The film, based on David Ebershoff’s historical novel, tells the story of the real-life Elbe, who was assigned male at birth in 1882 and transitioned to female in the 1920s with the support of her wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander), becoming one of the first people to undergo gender confirmation surgery.

“When I first read the script, I wept three times,” Hooper (Les Miserables) said in EW’s fall movie preview. “It connected to me in similar ways to The King’s Speech, where a man is locked in his body by a stammer and he’s helped by a tender friendship. With Lili I was moved by the power of love as an agent of transformation, even when the world was against it.”

The Danish Girl opens in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 27, and will expand to additional cities in December. Watch the trailer above, and head here for more on the film.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Social Media

J.K. Rowling’s Latest Harry Potter News Will Make You Feel Insanely Old

Back to school

Hold on to your broom, Potter fans, because J.K. Rowling’s recent Twitter storm is going to make you wish you had a Time Turner.

That’s right. Potter’s oldest son is off to his first day at Hogwarts. James Sirius Potter is already well-adjusted to Hogwarts when we meet him in the epilogue of Deathly Hallows. It’s his younger brother, Albus Severus Potter, who gets the spotlight. But not today, as Rowling’s followers supposedly wished James luck for Rowling. The author, as always, continued to play along with the fun.

Mischief managed.

TIME Music

Iran Bans Famous Conductor For Israeli Citizenship

BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 09: Conductor Daniel Barenboim performs at Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of Wall on November 9, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The city of Berlin is is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with an installation of 6,800 lamps coupled with illuminated balloons along a 15km route where the Wall once ran and divided the city into capitalist West and communist East. The fall of the Wall on November the 9, 1989 was among the most powerful symbols of the revolutions that swept through the communist countries of Eastern Europe and heralded the end of the Cold War. Built by the communist authorities of East Germany in 1961, the Wall prevented East Germans from fleeing west and was equipped with guard towers and deadly traps. (Photo by Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images)
Target Presse Agentur Gmbh/Getty Images Conductor Daniel Barenboim performs at Brandenburg Gate during celebrations on the 25th anniversary of the fall of Wall in Berlin, on November 9, 2014.

Daniel Barenboim was going to conduct a concert in Tehran but has been barred for security reasons because he's an Israeli citizen

Iran won’t let Daniel Barenboim, the music director of the Berlin State Opera House, enter the country because he holds Israeli citizenship.

Barenboim was supposed to conduct a concert in Tehran, the Agence France Presse reports, but he has been barred for security reasons.

“We have no problem with the German orchestra coming to Iran, but we are opposed to the person leading that group,” Iranian culture ministry spokesman Hossein Noushabadi said. “He has multiple nationalities and one of them is Israeli. For security reasons and to prevent issues following the entry of certain people into Iran, we stopped it.”

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he supported Barenboim’s plan to conduct in Iran because of his “dedication to making music accessible to all people, irrespective of national, religious or ethnic boundaries.”

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Ian McKellen: Taylor Swift Kicked Me Out of My Apartment

"No Man's Land" & "Waiting For Godot" Opening Night - After Party
Walter McBride—WireImage/Getty Images Sir Ian McKellen attends the "No Man's Land" & "Waiting For Godot" Opening Night after party at the Bryant Park Grill in New York City on Nov. 24, 2013.

The actor says the pop star bought an apartment he was living in and kicked him out

Sir Ian McKellen wants everyone to know that he’s not part of Taylor Swift’s squad.

In an interview with Gay Star News, the actor was asked how it felt to be in the pop star’s famous posse of friends. (Fellow actor Patrick Stewart recently said that he and McKellen were part of the squad; they were asked to appear on Swift’s 1989 tour.)

“I’m not,” McKellen responded. “When I was living in Peter Jackson’s apartment in New York, Taylor Swift bought it while I was there and I was thrown out before I wanted to leave! That hardly puts me in Taylor Swift’s team, does it?”

According to the interview transcript, McKellen then laughed and explained, “She bought it, she had every right to – I was just lodging there for free!”

And as for turning down the offer of appearing on stage with her: “She did ask me to appear with Patrick Stewart at her show in LA, but I had something else to do that night.”

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TIME Apple

Apple May Be Taking On Netflix and Amazon

Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)
Bloomberg—Bloomberg via Getty Images Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., waves before speaking during the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, June 8, 2015.

Here's the latest rumor out of Cupertino

Apple has been meeting with Hollywood executives about producing original content like Netflix and Amazon do, Variety reports.

Apple is planning to begin hiring for the project “in the coming months,” with operations slated to get underway within a year, unnamed sources told the publication.

Still, there remain far more unknowns than knows. It’s unclear whether Apple would produce movies, TV shows or both, or if the company would produce content in-house or work with outside producers, like Netflix does. It’s also uncertain how Apple might monetize its content.

Another interesting nugget in Variety’s report is that Apple was among the parties involved in the bidding war for British automotive TV show Top Gear’s stars, who recently left the BBC and eventually found a new home at Amazon.

The latest rumor comes just a few months after Apple launched its music streaming service, Apple Music.

TIME Television

Late Show with Stephen Colbert Announces Second Week’s Guests

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Richard Shotwell—Invision/AP Stephen Colbert participates in "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" segment of the CBS Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2015.

Bernie Sanders, Ban Ki-Moon and Lupita Nyong’o are scheduled to appear on the show

Stephen Colbert’s second week at The Late Show will continue tapping into his political side.

CBS announced Monday the schedule for the host’s first full week on the job, highlighted by Senator Bernie Sanders on the Sept. 18 show. Sanders will be the second presidential candidate in as many weeks, with Governor Jeb Bush popping up in the debut show on Sept. 8.

There’s also a prestigious Hollywood contingent set for Week 2, with appearances by Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Lupita Nyong’o, Emily Blunt, Jake Gyllenhaal, and more. Check out the second week’s slate below:

9/14: Emily Blunt; Justice Stephen Breyer; musical performance by The Dead Weather
9/15: Jake Gyllenhaal; musical performance by Run The Jewels with TV On The Radio
9/16: Kevin Spacey; Carol Burnett with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Broad City; musical performance by and interview with Willie Nelson
9/17: Naomi Watts; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
9/18: Lupita Nyong’o; Sen. Bernie Sanders; interview with and performance by An American in Paris’ Christopher Wheeldon, Robert Fairchild, and Leanne Cope

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

TIME game of thrones

Maisie Williams Accepts Guinness World Record on Behalf of Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams
Ethan Miller—Getty Images Maisie Williams at Comic-Con 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif., on July 11, 2015.

The show won the record for largest simultaneous broadcast of a television drama

Season 5 of Game of Thrones was one for the record books – literally. EW can reveal that the wildly popular HBO show will be featured in the 2016 edition of the Guinness World Records, and we have your exclusive first look at Arya Stark – er, Maisie Williams – accepting the honor on behalf of the cast and crew.

Game of Thrones aired the largest simultaneous broadcast of a television drama when the second episode of the most recent season was simulcast to 173 countries and territories around the world, beginning at 2 a.m. on April 20.

Williams made a play to break a world record by skydiving for a good cause this summer, planning to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet. However, according to Williams’ Twitter feed, “good old British weather” ruined the fun and the jump was postponed. But, at least she’ll be able to share in this glory with the rest of the cast and crew.

The 2016 edition of Guinness World Records will be released Sept. 10.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

TIME Television

Kesha to Guest-Star on Jane the Virgin

Kesha
Charles Sykes—Invision/AP Kesha attends the 2015 Delete Blood Cancer Gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Apr. 16, 2015.

She will star in the CW dramedy’s second episode of the season as Annabelle

We R Who We R, and this season on Jane the Virgin, Kesha is the rocker next door.

The singer will guest-star in the CW dramedy’s second episode of the season as Annabelle, a colorful musician who becomes Jane’s (Gina Rodriguez) new neighbor. She is described as not being a “baby person.”

“We are so thrilled Kesha will be appearing on Jane!” said executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman in a statement on Monday. “We are all huge fans of hers, and we are so excited to welcome her to the Jane The Virgin family.”

Earlier this month, Jane tapped another famous pop star for a guest spot: Britney Spears—whom Kesha has written for—will play the nemesis of Rogelio (Jaime Camil) in this season’s fifth episode.

Jane returns for season 2 on Oct. 12.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

TIME Video Games

Nintendo Is Finally Making a Smaller New Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo

A tinier version of Nintendo's 3D gaming handheld, for smaller hands and pockets.

The New Nintendo 3DS, which shipped as an XL-only mongo clamshell in the U.S. last February, is finally getting the sidekick it deserves: a notably smaller New Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo announced the pocket-sized version of its popular games handheld at GameStop’s annual managerial conference in Las Vegas Monday afternoon. The tinier system will be available only bundled with Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (downloadable, not a physical cartridge), two Animal Crossing-themed cover plates, an Animal Crossing Amiibo card, a 4GB SDHC memory card and six augmented reality cards on September 25 for $219.99.

Nintendo

The announcement finally brings the U.S. into alignment with Japan, where both XL and regular-sized versions of the system were available at launch last October. The New Nintendo 3DS adds a second eraser-style thumbstick, improved audio, longer battery life, a faster processor and an eye-tracking sensor that helps stabilize the system’s eponymous 3D effect when moving it around. Nintendo says it’s sold “more than 15 million systems in the Nintendo 3DS family” in the U.S. alone.

For comparison, the XL version weighs 329 grams, while the non-XL version weighs 253 grams, and the XL is 6.3 inches by 3.68 inches by 0.85 inches, versus the non-XL’s 5.6 inches by 3.17 inches by 0.85 inches.

Nintendo originally decided not to sell a smaller version of its New Nintendo 3DS stateside because the original 3DS XL significantly outsold the original 3DS. But the counterargument, put forth by a vocal minority when the New Nintendo 3DS XL arrived, was that it left younger players with smaller hands in a less ergonomically comfortable spot. (To say nothing of portability: the basic version of the handheld is just barely pocketable, while the XL definitely isn’t.)

$219.99 isn’t a bad deal if you’re hip to the younger-audience-targeted Animal Crossing series, and pairing the latest installment with a handheld that fits more comfortably in smaller hands is no accident. The New Nintendo 3DS XL runs $199.99 without a bundle game or other extras, and Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer will sell for $39.99 by itself. Subtract the original non-XL 3DS’s price $169.99 from the new one’s $219.99 ($50), then the game’s price from that difference, and you’re effectively paying $10 for the cover plates and Amiibo card.

That said, as with the XL, Nintendo doesn’t include a power adapter with the system, so hopefully you already own one (Nintendo’s assumption for the lion’s share of New Nintendo 3DS sales, I’ve been told), or you’re okay forking out another $13 (you can find used ones for a few bucks less) to buy an accessory that’s essential to the system’s functioning at all, since you can’t use swappable batteries.

TIME Television

Miley Cyrus’ Censor-Baiting Antics Can’t Save VMA’s Ratings

Viewership dropped 5%

Miley Cyrus can’t stop the VMAs ratings drops.

The pop singer got MTV some headlines (and some subsequent outrage for her breast-baring stunt) as the 2015 VMAs host, but what the about the numbers?

According to MTV, Sunday night’s telecast of the Video Music Awards delivered 9.8 million viewers across 10 Viacom-owned networks.

Despite that, viewership fell 5 percent from last year. And that’s after the ratings falling last year too—in 2014, the show slipped 18 percent from 2013.

MTV points out that in terms of social media engagement, last night’s VMAs was the most-tweeted program of the year aside from Super Bowl. The event generated an incredible 21.4 million tweets.

The biggest Twitter moment? Kayne West “announcing” his run for president in 2020 during his acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award.

The network also points out that online viewership of the awards is growing, with streaming of the show up 155 percent from last year.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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