TIME remembrance

Zachary Quinto Remembers ‘Father Figure’ Leonard Nimoy

Actors Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto attend the Sundance Institute Vanguard Leadership Award on June 4, 2014 in New York City.
Astrid Stawiarz—Getty Images Actors Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto attend the Sundance Institute Vanguard Leadership Award on June 4, 2014 in New York City.

The new Spock on the old Spock, his colleague and close friend

While I wasn’t a Star Trek fan growing up (my childhood places me squarely in the Star Wars generation), I had always felt an inexplicable connection to Leonard. Of course, I was aware of — and fascinated by — his work as Spock, and also his series In Search Of…, which I watched as a curious youngster. I don’t know whether it was a kind of prescience or some cosmic awareness that our paths would intersect down the line (or maybe it was just the bowl cut — which i was sporting hard in my youth), but I certainly had an affinity for him even decades before we met.

Working with Leonard was one thing, but getting to know him and forging the relationship that we did was an entirely different experience, and one that I never could have anticipated when I took over the role of Spock. Initially, I was coming at it all from a strictly creative standpoint. I wanted to know that I had his support and that I could utilize him as a resource and guide through the journey of discovering who this character is for me. But what I never imagined was how close we would become, and what a father figure he would be to me.

I lost my own father when I was very young, so to have this man come into my life and resonate so many qualities to which I aspire, and be such an example of dignity and grace and fulfillment — that was the part of it that so far exceeded any expectations I could have had. And that is the part of me that feels the greatest sense of loss at his death. Leonard had a way of communicating that was never pedantic — he was never trying to teach, and yet he lived with such completeness that there was wisdom in everything he said.

We would often talk about things that I was going through, and he had a way of guiding me with questions. He would inquire as to the way I felt about a particular experience, or he would ask, “Is this a serious person? Is this someone that you respect? Is this something that you’ve grown from, and if you’ve grown from it, how have you grown?” We would talk in these ways that were very organic, and yet there was also a depth to our conversations, even though neither of us was trying to be deep.

The last time that I saw him, about a month and a half ago, he was a little more frail and less mobile than he had been previously. But his essence was as vibrant and vital as ever. Leonard was very open about his struggle with COPD, and I could see the toll that it was talking on him — but his spirit was indomitable, and he never let those struggles overshadow his joy for life. Dwelling on some of the scarier or sadder parts of his decline was never in his nature. So we sat and we talked for a few hours and it was delightful. We spoke of plans that we had, creative goals, the movies we had seen, politics. It was much like any of our meetings and conversations.

But I will say that as I left that visit, there was a small part of me that wondered if it might be the last time we would be afforded such a connection, and sadly that is how it came to pass. We had been in touch over email since then, and I had talked with his wife, Susan, who’s also become a very important part of my life. Unfortunately I wasn’t in the country during his final days — I had been shooting in Berlin — and I felt incredible anxiety to be so far away.

But I was so grateful that when I found out we had lost him, I was able to immediately get on a plane and make my way to Los Angeles to be with his family, have one final goodbye, and to speak at his funeral. It was a great gift for me to be able to express my feelings and share them with the people that he loved the most. While it is true that I feel a profound sadness at the loss of a great man and an even greater friend, that sadness is not only counterbalanced — but outweighed — by the tremendous gratitude I have for the time we shared, the laughs we had and the stories of our connection that I will cherish forever. The world is a better place for having had Leonard Nimoy in it, and I am a better man to be sure.

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Ellie Goulding Joins The Voice as Adam Levine’s Adviser

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NBC—NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Ellie Goulding and Adam Levine

This season on The Voice, Adam Levine‘s team is getting some help from across the pond.

British singer Ellie Goulding will be appearing as a musical adviser for the “Sugar” singer’s team, NBC confirms exclusively to PEOPLE.

“Ellie was so great,” says Levine, 35. “She’s so human and easy to talk to. You could tell she had a profound impact on my team, which is awesome.”

This won’t be the first Voice appearance for the “Lights” singer, 28. In season 5, she teamed up with contestants James Wolper, Matthew Schuler and Will Champlin to sing her hit song “Burn.”

Other advisers this season include Lionel Richie for Team Pharrell, Nick Jonas for Team Christina and Meghan Trainor for Team Blake.

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME movies

Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Spielberg Adaptation of War Photographer’s Memoir

It's What I Do is coming to the big screen

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir has barely been out for a month, but the bidding war for its film adaptation appears to be over.

Warner Bros. is finalizing a deal to bring It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War to the big screen, TIME confirms, with Steven Spielberg attached as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role.

Addario apparently met with all of the bidders, who reportedly included Darren Aronofsky (who wanted Natalie Portman as the lead), Working Title Films (who wanted it for Reese Witherspoon), Focus’ Margot Robbie and George Clooney, along with his producing partner Grant Heslov.

“I wanted [to work with] people with integrity like Warner’s and Andrew Lazar, people who will honor my vision and honor the passion that I brought to my work and bring that to their work,” Addario tells TIME. “It’s really about integrity, passion and being true to the issues that I cover.”

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She has spent much of the past 15 years photographing the human toll of conflict, especially on women, from Afghanistan to Libya, Cuba to Iraq, India to Israel.

“I feel a huge pressure to be successful in communicating their trauma,” the mother of one, who’s been kidnapped twice, told TIME last month. “I have to make sure that I take this information and disseminate it in a way that’s useful to them in the long term; that will prevent other women from going through what they went through. I can’t imagine not dedicating my life to trying to stop those things from happening.”

Turning to Hollywood is the latest stage in the photographer’s life-long goal of keeping the spotlight on the people and issues she’s covered. “It means so much to me because people respond to Hollywood in a way that journalists can’t always access.”


TIME movies

Sharknado 3 Gets 2 New Cast Members

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Ethan Miller—Getty Images Businessman Mark Cuban attends DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pendergast Family Farm on Jan. 31, 2015 in Glendale, AZ.

They'll join the third installment of the sci-fi thriller

This summer, the Cuban/Coulter administration will take leadership in Sharknado 3.

SyFy announced on Monday that NBA Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban has been cast as the POTUS, while conservative political commentator Ann Coulter will join him as the VP.

In the third installment of the sci-fi thriller, the waterspout carrying thousands of deadly sharks returns to terrorize the east coast, starting in Washington, D.C. and making it’s way to Orlando, Fla. The movie premieres on the network in July and will feature Jerry Springer as a tourist, *NYSNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and a cameo by Bo Derek as Tara Reid’s mother.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrities

Say Good-Bye to Jared Leto’s Locks

Jared Leto arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.
Jon Kopaloff—Getty Images Jared Leto arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 22, 2015.

Leto has yet to step out with a shorter 'do

If you thought Shia LaBeouf’s braided rattail was the most shocking celebrity hair news today, you were wrong. It looks like Jared Leto just chopped off his famous, shiny, soft, healthy, ombré-d, glorious strands for his role as The Joker in the upcoming film, Suicide Squad. (Yes, we’re already mourning the loss of his man bun.)

Director David Ayer first teased Leto’s cut with a photo on Twitter showing someone holding a pair of scissors to the actor’s ponytail. Then in another shot, Leto looks to be sporting a very short cut (which makes him kind of look like a young John Stamos). He’s also beardless. Leto has yet to step out with a shorter do, or confirm it on his own social channels, so we remain hesitant to confirm the chop — he’s pulled hair pranks in the past. But, really, we’re not ready to say goodbye.

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Hairstylist Chase Kusero has been the man behind all of Leto’s mind-blowing red-carpet hair moments.

“It’s really important that he doesn’t look like a woman — that’s the biggest challenge,” Kusero said last year. “It’s hard to have him not end up on the ‘best hair’ lists — and that definitely hasn’t been our intention. He does have amazing hair, so it’s kind of inevitable.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

TIME house of cards

This Federal Agency Gave the New Season of House of Cards a Bad Review

David Giesbrecht—Netflix Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in Season 3 of House of Cards

A key plot twist prompted FEMA to separate fact from fiction

There’s nothing new about Washington-based shows being a tad unrealistic (Hello, Scandal!) but the latest twist in House of Cards pushed one federal agency to clear the air.

In the Netflix show’s third season, released last week, President Frank Underwood decides to (spoiler alert!) twist the meaning of the Stafford Act, a real-life law that deals with disaster relief efforts.

So, yeah, pushing someone in front of a Metro train, it’s not. But the plot arc is a way of looking at how modern presidents push the limits of their executive authority. (If you’re a Democrat, think George W. Bush on torture. If you’re a Republican, think Barack Obama on immigration.)

That’s because, rather than use the law to address victims of hurricanes and tornadoes, Underwood decides that “unemployment” is a national emergency and (spoiler alert!) reappropriates money slated for natural disasters to a jobs program.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which handles disaster relief, took to Twitter on Monday to make clear that this is a Hollywood idea and not something it’d be down with:

FEMA might be forgiven for being a little skittish. Only a few years ago, talk-show host Glenn Beck was telling his listeners that the agency was building internment camps.

TIME Television

Netflix Sets Date for Orange is the New Black Season 3 Premiere

Taylor Schilling in a scene from Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” Season 2. Photo credit: JoJo Whilden for Netflix
Jojo Whilden—Netflix Taylor Schilling in a scene from Orange is the New Black

The streaming company also gave a release date for the Wet Hot American Summer sequel

The wait is almost over for Orange is the New Black fans eager to reunite with Piper, Red, Crazy Eyes and Taystee.

Netflix announced Monday the third season of its award-winning comedy drama would premiere on the streaming service June 12. The prison-set show will return about a month before the service premieres the long-awaited sequel to Wet Hot American Summer, on July 17.

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will reunite the movie’s original cast for an eight-episode series, all of which will take place on the first day of summer camp.

Can’t stand the wait? Get your teaser clip here.

TIME Television

Watch the New Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer

The new season will air on April 18

There are male clones and threats galore in the new trailer for the third season of Orphan Black. For one, it seems Rachel Duncan is still around, despite that pencil in the eye. Meanwhile, Sarah is lashing out at Mrs. S., Helena has been imprisoned in a box, and Cosima is explaining, “We can’t rely on anybody but ourselves.”

And then we see a lot from the male clones. “These guys are not my problem,” Sarah says.

“I’m sorry, they are,” Delphine tells her. Assuming they’ll be our problem too when the show returns April 18.

Our parting image? A threat from Helena, with some effective mouth-made machine gun noises.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME Music

Listen to Kanye West’s New Single ‘All Day’

It's dark, triumphant and provocative

After months of false starts and exponentially increasing hype — interview quips, leaked demos, a performance at the Brit Awards last week backed by dozens of UK henchmen and a mighty flamethrower — Kanye West is releasing the official version of “All Day,” the lead single from his upcoming new album So Help Me God. Working with contributions from stylish Brooklyn polymath Theophilus London and rising, gritty Minnesotan Allan Kingdom, Kanye splits the difference between the abrasiveness and dark colors of 2013’s Yeezus and his gift for lyrical hooks and radio-friendly structure. It’s not hard to imagine the song’s chorus, and its titular bark, streaming from open car windows around the country by rush hour this evening. (The closing minute, a bizarre stew of cheery whistling and frenzied electronics, seems less likely to land on top 40 playlists.)

Of course, “All Day” is still ripe with the sort of incisive statements about class and race that have marked Kanye’s work from the beginning. Even grandstanding, throwaway lines are wrapped in barbed wire, like his hollered proclamation that, “Like a light-skinned slave boy / we in the motherf—king house!” If this really is “cookout music,” it’s cookout music that demands your attention. So Help Me God still doesn’t have a release date, but with an official single on the books and a promotional machine roaring to life, the release of even more new Kanye West music seems imminent.

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TIME Books

Aziz Ansari on His New Book and How Texting Is Ruining Our Relationships

Aziz Ansari Book

The comedian reveals the cover and new details about his upcoming book, Modern Romance

The series finale of Parks and Recreation aired just a week ago, but comedian Aziz Ansari is already busy with new projects. His second Netflix stand-up comedy special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, premieres Friday, and his upcoming book Modern Romance, an academic study of modern romance peppered with his brand of humor, hits shelves June 16.

While every other comedian — from Tina Fey to Amy Poehler — is writing a memoir, Ansari decided he’d team up with a sociologist to conduct studies on love in the age of technology for his first title. The comedian revealed his book cover exclusively to TIME and chatted about his research, his stand-up and the end of Parks and Rec.

TIME: A lot of people were surprised when you announced that as a comedian you were writing a book that takes a more academic look at modern romance. Why did you decide to write a book about love?

Ansari: I had been starting to do this stand-up about dating and realized that the current romantic landscape is way different. All these very modern problems — like, sitting and deciding what to write in a text — that’s a very new conundrum.

Then I randomly met a couple people who were in academic fields that did work that vaguely applied to this stuff. Like, this woman Sherry Turkle who had done all this research about texting and found that you say things over text you would never say to someone’s face. So the medium of communication we’re using is kind of making us sh—ttier people. And then I thought if you take that and put it toward romantic interactions, that’s why people are so f—ing rude.

That ended up helping me write this bit I was working on for my stand-up. But I thought it would be kind of interesting to take my point of view and a conversation with someone from an academic field and put that together. If I could do that as a book, I would be able to go deeper into this area than I can in my stand-up.

So this won’t be a celebrity memoir.

Right. It ended up being a sociology book that has my sense of humor, but it also has some academic heft to it. I wrote it with this sociologist, Eric Klinenberg, and he helped me design this huge research project that we did. We interviewed hundreds of people all across the world — we went to Tokyo and Paris and Wichita to really get a wide scope. We also interviewed all sorts of academics. The resulting book is really unique. I can’t think of any book I would really compare it to.

How have texting, dating apps and other technology changed the way we think about love?

I want to be clear: The book is not, “It’s crazy! We have phones now!” The changes are far beyond the technology. I interviewed all these older people and talked to them about relationships. People back in the day would just marry people who lived close to them. There was this study done in Philadelphia in 1932 that found that ⅓ of couples that got married live within a 5 block radius of each other. ⅙ lived in the same block. And ⅛ lived in the same building!

This was true in all different cities. Think about it: You didn’t go to college. You weren’t going out and meeting people from different parts of the country and parts of the world. You were just kind of hanging out in your neighborhood. And now they don’t even do those studies anymore. It wouldn’t even make sense. Like, my girlfriend is from Texas. I’m from South Carolina. Nobody is marrying someone who lived in their building. That’s crazy.

And marriage, not that long ago, was an economic institution where two families would come together to bring their wealth together. The whole idea of finding a soul mate only became a thing in the past 100 years. So the whole redefinition of what marriage is — nobody’s really written this comprehensive book about this kind of thing. I think it’s really funny and very interesting.

Did you find that people treated love the same way outside of the U.S.?

We went to Tokyo and France and Buenos Aires to interview people. Japan is in the middle of this weird crisis right now where people aren’t dating or getting married, and the government has had to step in. Then Buenos Aires was the opposite of Japan. In Japan, there’s this problem of the herbivore man — these guys that aren’t interested in sex or dating — and Buenos Aires was the other end where they’re notoriously sexual aggressive and have had issues with that stuff. I think it gives the book more scope.

Did you reach any surprising conclusions?

You just realize everyone is dealing with the same nonsense. Everyone is on this boat together, and it would probably be good if we were a little nicer on that boat.

In both your last stand-up special, Buried Alive, and your upcoming special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, you ask people in the audience about their love lives — sometimes reading text message exchanges. How do you know that’s going to be funny when this complete stranger is handing over their phone?

I did that probably 100 times when I was on tour, and every time it was good because it’s real, and we’ve all been there. We all can relate to this embarrassing situation we find ourselves in. Even if you’re older and weren’t texting when you were dating, you’ve had some version of going up to someone and having this awkward situation.

We did something similar in the book. We had people give us their phones and would look at real text messages and online dating correspondences, and then we would ask them, “What were you thinking when you got this or sent this?” That was so fascinating.

A lot of people probably know your stand-up from your viral R. Kelly or Kanye West bits. But in your last tour, you did fewer jokes about celebrities and more personal and political material. And soon you’ll have this sociology book. Do you feel like you’re redefining your comedy?

My first special came out when I was in my early 20s. I’m 32 years old now, so I’ve just grown up as a person. I have more life experience, I’m going through different things. The guy who’s 23 couldn’t have written this book or written the jokes in my new standup special. He just hadn’t lived that life yet. Any artist I’m into — music or comedy — they’re constantly evolving and changing what they do.

Recently you talked on David Letterman about how the dictionary definition of “feminist” is someone who believes in the social, economic and political equality of the genders — which is an idea most people agree with. And yet so many people won’t call themselves “feminists.” Why do you think that is?

I think people have lost sight of what the word actually means. When you look at the definition, it’s a very hard tenet to disagree with. It became this charged word that has been altered by the way it’s used in the media. But the actual definition is a cause that I think everyone should get behind and most people would get behind.

It got picked up by a lot of blogs. Do you do bits like that with the goal of inciting conversation and change?

I talk to other comedians about this. When you do those talk shows as a comedian, you’re in a very interesting position. Comedians can kind of talk about anything, as long as they make it funny. If I was just an actor and wanted to talk about that, it would be a little bit more difficult. So I want to talk about whatever is interesting to me. Then if it spreads around, that’s great.

I talked to a friend of mine who was like, “I was leaving one of your stand-up shows, and people were talking about things you discussed like immigration and feminism and the food industry.” That’s really cool. If you leave a show and it’s making you think about things, I love to hear that.

Parks and Recreation wrapped up last week. How do you feel about it ending?

We all grew to really love each other — the cast and the crew and everyone. It was just such a good group of people. I know people say that about a lot of shows, but I feel like if you talk to people who guest starred on the show, they would say there was something special about that group.

If you get people who are nice and care about each other and have fun doing their jobs, the work will be great. I’ve been on other sets where people aren’t as cool or don’t get along or are mean to people and yell at people. That stuff never works. I want to carry that lesson with me—just respecting people—to my future projects.

Would you consider doing another TV show?

Maybe, we’ll see.

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