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LeBron James to Star in New Judd Apatow Film

LeBron James
Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) handles the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mark D. Smith—USA Today/Reuters

The Miami Heat forward, a two-time NBA champion and four-time NBA most valuable player, is due to follow up this year's playoffs by appearing in Trainwreck alongside stars like Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader and Method Man

LeBron James is to star alongside Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader and Method Man in acclaimed director Judd Apatow’s next movie, Trainwreck.

The two-time NBA champ and four-time NBA most valuable player is currently trying to lead the Miami Heat to its third consecutive championship, a fact Apatow seems to have a tenuous grip on.

“I know you’re very busy with the playoffs,” Apatow says in a video posted to his Facebook page. “You need to win a certain amount of games to win … er … something. But I just wanted to say we’re so glad that you are joining the cast … and now the world will finally get to see what your true gifts are.”

James is already involved with two other Universal ventures — a comedy called Ballers alongside Kevin Hart, and an offering based on his high school years in Ohio.

TIME Music

Electric Zoo Releases First Set of Names on This Year’s Lineup

The New York City music festival has promised added security measures after two drug-related deaths last year.

Electric Zoo announced Wednesday that David Guetta, Skrillex and Diplo will headline this August’s festival, one year after the New York City event was cut short following two apparent drug-related deaths.

Nicky Romero and Zedd will also be performing.

The festival’s organizers have promised increased security measures, including drug-sniffing dogs and undercover security officers, for this year’s event.

Here’s the trailer for the music festival on New York’s Randall’s Island:

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Josh Hartnett Reveals Why He Left Hollywood: Watch

The actor talks about breaking up with Hollywood for independent cinema, the importance of taking time off and why he turned down big budget movies like Superman

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Josh Hartnett didn’t take the obvious career path for a Hollywood teen heartthrob, catapulted into stardom by Michael Bay, but he wants you to know: that’s okay.

“It was kind of like being in a relationship with Hollywood, and it just didn’t feel like we weren’t in the same place at the same time,” Hartnett says. “I wanted something that they didn’t want to give me. So I took a break from my relationship.”

That break included some time off to move back to his native Minnesota, starring in a string of indie films and getting involved in politics. His vanishing act prompted a flurry of publications to wonder what had happened to him. But what happened to him is that he was just trying to make independent films, he tells TIME.

“[The narrative was] either I was so disillusioned and afraid that I ran away or that I was some punk who didn’t know how good he had it,” Hartnett says. “And it’s neither of those. It was that I tried to take a different path towards achieving good film.”

In the interview above, the actor discusses openly the up and downs in his career — from the hit success of Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down to turning down big roles like Superman and eventually struggling to make his work in independent movies widely known.

But Hartnett, now 35 and starring in a new Showtime 19th century drama called Penny Dreadful, has learned his lesson.

“I’m older now, I’m wiser now,” he says. “I know that if I make one or two more films in the system, I’ll be able to go off and do these smaller films and possibly give them the release they deserve.”

TIME Music

Shakira Plays Truth or “Dare” on the Dance Floor: Watch

Shakira throws her hands in the air like she just don't care in the video for her latest club-thumper

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“Dare (La La La)” is not Shakira’s finest banger to date, but the music video for Ibiza’s Next Top Wordless Chorus does feature the Colombian hitmaker running through fields and liberating dance floors like a club-hopping Khaleesi. Also making up for the track’s clunky spoken-word verses is the return of what appears to be Shakira’s “She Wolf” choreography.

It’s been almost five years since the Colombian singer danced around in an anatomically suggestive glittery cavern, but we couldn’t remember to forget those moves — the lurching shoulders, the claw hands — even if we tried.

TIME Books

REVIEW: Roxane Gay’s Riveting Debut Novel An Untamed State

Roxane Gay, 'An Untamed State'
Roxane Gay, An Untamed State Grove Atlantic

Roxane Gay's impressive first novel is a story of trauma and its terrifying aftermath

Pop culture has no shortage of tales about tragedy, but rarely does it offer anything more than a glimpse of the trauma that lingers and haunts its survivors. Roxane Gay’s riveting debut, An Untamed State, captivates from its opening sentence and doesn’t let go — even after the novel’s harrowing nightmare appears to be over.

An Untamed State is told mostly from the perspective of Mireille Duval Jameson, a stubborn, quick-tempered daughter of Haitian immigrants who’s a mother to a baby boy and wife to a handsome, all-American husband. One ordinary morning, while visiting her wealthy parents’ home back in their native Haiti, she is kidnapped and held for ransom — an unfortunately all-too-common occurrence in country marked by staggering inequality. But despite his vast, self-made fortune, Mireille’s proud father refuses to pay her captors, who spend the next thirteen days subjecting her to gruesome acts of sexual violence and torture.

Gay writes a lot about the human body and its capacity for survival, but just as heartbreaking are the mental places Mireille must go to in order to endure. The ordeal, which draws from Gay’s own experience with rape, cleaves Mireille’s life into two halves — the Before, and the After — and leaves no relationship untouched. Flashbacks to her rocky courtship with husband Michael are excellently plotted alongside her imprisonment, providing the novel’s few moments of levity and some of its greatest suspense as Mireille struggles to return to normalcy. Her conflicted feelings toward Haiti get messier, too, as she tries to make sense of its many contradictions. “We loved Haiti. We hated Haiti,” Gay writes. “We did not understand Haiti or know Haiti. Years later, I still did not understand Haiti, but I longed for the Haiti of my childhood. When I was kidnapped, I knew I would never find that Haiti again.”

Gay’s writing is simple and direct, but never cold or sterile. She directly confronts complex issues of identity and privilege, but it’s always accessible and insightful. That will come as no surprise to fans of her writings about race, gender and culture that grace sites such as Salon, The Nation, BuzzFeed and (full disclosure) TIME — and it will only make the wait for her first book of essays (Bad Feminist, due in August) all the more trying. So let this be the year of Roxane Gay: You’ll tear through An Untamed State, but ponder it for long after.

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