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See Bryan Cranston’s Transformation into Lyndon B. Johnson for HBO Biopic

The movie will chronicle LBJ's journey from JFK assassination to the night he is elected to the office

After breaking box office records on Broadway as Lyndon B. Johnson in All The Way, Bryan Cranston is bringing his LBJ to HBO — and PEOPLE has the first look at Cranston in character as America’s 36th president.

Cranston won a Tony for his performance in Robert Schenkkan’s play, which is now being adapted into a 2016 HBO movie. Melissa Leo is playing First Lady Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson, with Anthony Mackie joining the cast as Martin Luther King Jr.

Director Jay Roach told PEOPLE the biopic has just started shooting, with the plot beginning immediately after John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. “It covers the amazing 11-month journey from when LBJ takes office after JFK’s assassination, through LBJ’s fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the office — no longer the ‘accidental president,’” he said.

See Cranston’s transformation below, and for more on All The Way, head to PEOPLE.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Steven Spielberg Expects Superhero Movies to Go ‘the Way of the Western’

Steven Spielberg at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in Century City, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2015.
JB Lacroix—WireImage/Getty Images Steven Spielberg at the 67th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards in Century City, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2015.

"These cycles have a finite time in popular culture"

Two years ago, after fighting harder than he was used to to get Lincoln into theaters, Steven Spielberg warned that Hollywood was flirting with a “big meltdown” should a few of the ginormous-budgeted tentpoles crash at the box office. Since then, he helped bring Jurassic World to theaters, executive producing the summer blockbuster that grossed more than $1.6 billion around the world.

But he’s still concerned about the industry’s future and the current Hollywood business model that worships comic-book movies. “There will be a time when the superhero movie goes the way of the Western,” Spielberg told the Associated Press, while promoting his fall movie, Bridge of Spies. “Right now the superhero movie is alive and thriving. I’m only saying that these cycles have a finite time in popular culture. There will come a day when the mythological stories are supplanted by some other genre that possibly some young filmmaker is just thinking about discovering for all of us.”

Spielberg’s Cold War movie, which reunites him with Tom Hanks for the first time since The Terminal, arrives in theaters on Oct. 16. The director is currently in post-production on The BFG, an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Alex Kingston Will Return to Doctor Who

Alex Kingston at the Raise A Child 3rd Annual Honors Gala in Hollywood on April 26, 2015.
Earl Gibson III—WireImage/Getty Images Alex Kingston at the Raise A Child 3rd Annual Honors Gala in Hollywood on April 26, 2015.

Kingston will reprise her role as River Song in the upcoming Christmas special

Christmas has come early to Doctor Who — and not just because of time travel.

Alex Kingston is set to reprise her role as Professor River Song in the long-running sci-fi drama’s annual holiday special, the BBC announced Wednesday.

“It’s Christmas Day in the future and the TARDIS is parked on a snowy village street, covered in icicles, awaiting its next adventure,” the network says in a release. “Time traveler River Song meets her husband’s new incarnation, in the form of Peter Capaldi, for the first time this Christmas.”

Kingston made her debut as River Song opposite David Tennant in 2008. She went on to play a prominent — if often enigmatic — role in the timeline of Matt Smith’s Doctor, making Capaldi’s Doctor the third incarnation of the character she’s played against onscreen.

“To be honest, I did not know whether River would ever return to the show,” says Kingston in a statement, “but here she is, back with the Doctor for the Christmas special. [Showrunner and executive producer] Steven Moffat is on glittering form, giving us an episode filled with humour and surprise guest castings. I met Peter for the first time at Monday’s read-through, we had a laugh, and I am now excited and ready to start filming with him and the Doctor Who team. Christmas in September? Why not!”

Moffat adds, “Another Christmas, another special for Doctor Who — and what could be more special than the return of Alex Kingston as Professor River Song? The last time the Doctor saw her she was a ghost. The first time he met her, she died. So how can he be seeing her again? As ever, with the most complicated relationship in the universe, it’s a matter of time …”

So how will River’s “one psychopath per TARDIS” rule hold up against the Twelfth Doctor? As a certain time-traveling archaeologist might say, “Spoilers.”

Doctor Who returns September 19.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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This Guy Caught a Fish With His Drone

Screenshot from YouTube

It could be a fishing first

A Kansas farmer appeared to make fishing history recently by catching a fish with nothing but the help of his trusty drone.

Derek Klingenberg piloted his DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter—armed with a fishing line and a camera—toward a lake, and promptly caught a fish with no rod. His elation is undeniable, and Klingenberg then demonstrated he might be the most tech-savvy farmer in the Midwest by posting his catch on Snapchat.

However, as Wired points out, Klingenberg isn’t necessarily the first to do this, since there was a similar video of a drone-powered fishing trip in 2013.

Klingenberg is also known for serenading cows with a trombone playing Lorde’s “Royals.”

Those who want to use a drone to fish, take a video selfie, propose marriage, or deliver sushi might want to check out Hong Kong-based DJI’s newest quadcopter, which was released in April.

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2016 Oscars Will Have Two Hosts

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Toby Canham—Getty Images Nate Sanders displays the collection of Oscar statuettes that his auction company will sell online to the highest bidder on February 24, 2012 in Brentwood, Calif.

The producers already have a pair in mind

The 2016 Academy Awards will have not one but two hosts next year, producers confirm.

David Hill, who is producing the show along with Reginald Hudlin, tells Entertainment Weekly he has a pair in mind that’s already a well-known duo. (EW speculates that this could maybe mean Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele, or Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, who ended their hosting contract with the Golden Globes last year.)

“Two is better than one,” Hill joked. “Just imagine, you’re in there. One of your hosts drops dead from cardiac arrest. What do you do? Second host goes on! And you keep going. … Note to self. Check out their heart rates.”

The Oscars have only had multiple hosts a handful of times in the past few decades: James Franco and Anne Hathaway in 2011; Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in 2010; and Chevy Chase, Paul Hogan and Goldie Hawn in 1987.

 

Read Hill’s full interview over at Entertainment Weekly.

 

 

 

 

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Watch Kanye West’s VMAs Speech Recut as a Stand-Up Comedy Act

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Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Kanye West at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

All it needed was a laugh track

Still haven’t seen Kanye West’s speech from this past weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, where he announced he was running for president in 2020? Then we recommend watching the below clip, which reimagines the speech as a stand-up comedy act.

All it took was a laugh track and some clever cuts to audience members — including Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift — laughing and clapping. “Pryor, Carlin, Seinfeld, C.K…Yeezy?” writes creator David Elmaleh in the video description. We can totally see it.

This video has inspired others to create their own Kanye speech mashups, including this one, which incorporates the Seinfeld intro music.

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You’ll Be Able to Watch Football Games Online for Free This Year

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Joe Robbins—Getty Images Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants looks to pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during a preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Thanks to a new move by CBS

It has traditionally been difficult for football fans to watch an “out-of-market” game in their home without paying for a special subscription package. For example, if you’re a fan of the New England Patriots, but you live in New York, and your team is not playing the New York Giants, New York Jets, or Buffalo Bills, and the game isn’t the Monday Night Football feature—you’re out of luck and have to watch at a bar.

This season, that will change for several games.

CBS will stream two regular season games, plus four playoff games and the Super Bowl, online for free. CBS has offered games for free in the past, but never regular season games. (The two regular season games streaming will be Jets vs. Dolphins on October 4 in London and Panthers vs Cowboys on November 26 in Dallas.)

The move represents a major step for the network and for the league, which has ramped up its digital technology efforts in the past year considerably. Last January, the NFL launched its own official YouTube channel (MLB and the NBA both had one for years). Last season it also debuted NFL Now, an ambitious new app with behind-the-scenes video, interviews, highlights, and features—but not live game video.

Now it’s attempting to better cater to cord-cutters.

Live sports, and especially football, have long been considered a last remaining reason for many viewers to pay for cable television, but even the NFL is recognizing the need to service those who’ve left cable behind. The league’s digital chief Brian Rolapp, in an exclusive interview with Fortune last season, said as much: “We knew that the world was going to be increasingly mobile… And video was going to play an increasingly important part as access to broadband, wireless or otherwise, was becoming cheaper and more ubiquitous. So those were the big trends. And our view was, well, how do you prepare for that world?”

Rolapp also name-dropped Netflix and HBO Go, leading video-streaming services, as influences. The league, he said, wants to have “share of mind, share of eyeballs.” Streaming seven games is a play for the eyeballs the NFL no longer reaches with traditional cable.

The news about CBS comes just one month after the network announced it would live-stream all of next year’s Super Bowl ads online, as they air.

The next Super Bowl, in February, is Super Bowl 50, and in addition to beefed-up marketing by the league around that nice round number, it’s clear that a lot of technology-related changes are coming to the way the NFL operates and caters to viewers.

This article originally appeared on Fortune

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Watch American Who Took Down Terrorist on French Train Talk To Jimmy Fallon

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Anthony Sadler was one of three Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack

Three weeks ago Anthony Sadler was just an American tourist on a European vacation. Now, he’s an American hero chatting with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.

“I look back and there’s the gunman just coming in the train cocking an AK,” Sadler told Fallon during his show on Tuesday. “And I was like is this real is someone playing a joke?”

Sadler, along with two American friends also traveling on vacation, charged and subdued the terrorist, saving dozens of lives and earning international praise.

But Fallon couldn’t allow Sadler’s appearance with landing a few cracks. In addition to discussing Sadler’s heroic actions, Fallon devoted much of the segment to joking about the trio’s time in Amsterdam, where their train originated. The Netherlands capital is known for it’s loose laws allowing drugs and partying.

“You’re in Amsterdam because it’s so pretty there?” said Fallon before cracking up laughing. “You’re taking photographs, you’re taking in the art scene there. Of course, that’s what people do in Amsterdam!”

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Kanye West Was Going to Perform at the VMAs But Changed His Mind Mid-Show

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Jeff Kravitz—FilmMagic/Getty Images Kanye West speaks onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 30, 2015.

West was going to do a medley of songs but decided mid-show to deliver the night's most memorable speech

Kanye West’s show-stealing speech during Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards almost didn’t happen.

The outgoing executive producer of the VMAs, Van Toffler, told Billboard that Kanye West was originally going to perform a medley of songs but changed his mind about three different times, including in the middle of the show. “We decided to be open to whatever Kanye wanted because he’s given us so many moments—unexpected ones,” Toffler said. “So we weren’t sure whether he would break into song or not.”

Instead of performing, West ultimately delivered an 11-minute monologue in which he accused MTV of exploiting his infamous Taylor Swift interruption for ratings and announced (jokingly, we think) that he’ll run for president in 2020. Here’s what almost happened:

We originally thought Kanye was going to do a medley. Then we thought he was going to not do music and talk. Then, about two acts into the show, we thought he would do a couple-song medley. This is after the show started. Then, about an act before, we found out that he might not do music and just speak—but we had to be prepared for both, so we had a track cued up. We were in the truck and we heard this 10 minutes before he was to accept the award.

…I’m not sure the speech was ready! He didn’t rehearse. I saw him on the red carpet beforehand, but he didn’t tell me what direction he was going to go in. We’ve learned to expect the unexpected. Someone from his camp was with us in the truck and he was surprised too. Nobody knew what he was going to do—or announce that he was going to run for president. We were all surprised. Even Taylor Swift.

[Billboard]

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Bette Midler Wants to Play Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence’s Mom

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NBC/Getty Images Bette Midler during an interview on November 25, 2013.

Midler has nominated herself for a part in their movie

Newfound best friends (and noted Billy Joel fans) Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer recently announced that they are working on a screenplay together. Better yet, it’s a comedy — and the two want to play sisters. Nothing else has been announced about the project, but at least one actress is already is angling for a role: The Divine Miss M herself.

Bette Midler nominated herself for a part in Lawrence and Schumer’s movie on Twitter, writing: “Hmm, who could play their mother? She’d have to be DIVINE!”

Lawrence can count Midler as one of her biggest fans: She defended Lawrence for her First Wives Club “I beat Meryl” joke at the Golden Globes, and she’s repeatedly praised the actress’s charms on Twitter.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.com

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