TIME Television

This Is the Will Ferrell vs. Chad Smith Drumoff You’ve Been Looking For

The funnyman squares off against the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer in the battle of the century (or week or whatever)

Actor/comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith apparently have more in common than looking weirdly similar (especially when dressed in identical clothes): they’re both pretty good percussionists.

The two squared off against one another on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday for a Fallon-sponsored drum-off.

The ensuing antics are pretty great, but what this drum-off really needs…is more cowbell.

TIME Television

Angela Bassett Directing Whitney Houston Lifetime Movie

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Whitney Houston during VH1 Divas Duets: A Concert to Benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2003 Jeff Kravitz--FilmMagic

The network has announced a biopic about the late singer's tumultuous relationship with Bobby Brown. The film will be directed by Angela Bassett, Houston's 1995 "Waiting To Exhale" co-star

It was bound to happen sooner or later: Lifetime has announced they are working on a movie about Whitney Houston’s life. What is unexpected, however, is who the network has tapped to direct the film: Angela Bassett, Houston’s 1995 Waiting To Exhale co-star. The Academy Award-nominated Bassett said of the project, which will mark her directorial debut: “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments, and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story.”

With a working title of Whitney Houston, Lifetime said in a press release that the film will follow the relationship between the late Houston, who died in 2012, and singer-songwriter Bobby Brown, “from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.”

There’s no word on casting yet, but film isn’t slated to premiere until 2015.


TIME movies

Even More Star Wars Films Are in the Works

Godzilla director tapped for first of several Star Wars standalone films announced

If three more Star Wars movies weren’t enough for you, don’t worry. There will be even more. In addition to the trilogy directed by J.J. Abrams, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun to develop multiple stand-alone movies that will “offer new stories beyond the core saga,” according to a post on StarWars.com.

Gareth Edwards, the director of Godzilla and Monsters, will direct the first standalone Star Wars film. “Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life — join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm,” Edwards said in the post. The screenplay will be written by Gary Whitta, who penned The Book of Eli.

The movie is due on Dec. 16, 2016.


TIME celebrities

Moon Trip with Leo DiCaprio Auctioned for $1M

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard attend amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 22, 2014 in Cap d'Antibes, France. Pascal Le Segretain—amfAR14/WireImage/Getty Images

The lucky winner of the auction will get to travel to space with Leo in 2015

Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned off a trip to the moon with him in 2015 for 700,000 Euros (close to $1 million) at the annual amfAR auction at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc near Cannes, France on Thursday. The money from the auction is donated to AIDS research.

Other auctioned items from the evening included a 1967 Andy Warhol painting of Marilyn Monroe (for 350,000 euros), a 1968 Picasso painting (for 380,000 euros) and a 10,000-year-old fossil coated in steel by Damien Hirst (for 11 million euros). Lana del Rey performed at the beginning of the night, and Robin Thicke closed, Variety reports.

The charity raised $38 million overall, a record for the fundraiser.



Meet the New Mutants of X-Men: Days of Future Past

Future or past or pluperfect, mutants are everywhere

There’s a lot going on in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which jumps around from the 1970s to the present day to nine years in the future. In each timeline, mutants familiar and new (at least to movies-only fans) try desperately to save themselves from diabolical mutant-hunting robots called sentinels.

But fortunately for you, super speed or telekinetic powers aren’t needed to keep track of all the new X-Men. Just use this handy guide.

Roberto de Costs (aka Sunspot)

  • Absorbs and channels solar power.

Lucas Bishop (aka Bishop)

  • Absorbs and releases ambient energy

Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver)

  • Super speed

Clarice Ferguson (aka Blink)

  • Portals and teleportation

James Proudstar (aka Warpath)

  • Superhuman physical ability

Peter Rasputin (aka Colossus)

  • Organic steel skin


TIME Cannes Film Festival

Meet the Most Loyal Fan of the Cannes Film Festival

97-year-old Simone Lancelot has attended all but one since 1947

Simone Lancelot can surely be known as the most loyal fan the Cannes Film Festival has ever had.

Now 97, she went to her first one in 1947. Since then she has attended 66 out of 67 of the invitation-only festivals held in the French Riviera town. She says she fell in love with cinema at the age of eight and began attending the festival when she worked at a local movie theater.

Although Lancelot says the festival has lost some of its appeal since the early days — the film’s stars are harder to spot and are often surrounded by bodyguards — she still recommends cinema as the key to a long life.


Buffalo Bills Fans Call For Bon Jovi Boycott

The singer's proposal is Bad Medicine for local fans.

When Jon Bon Jovi sang I Love This Town he clearly wasn’t talking about Buffalo, N.Y.

Having expressed an interest in purchasing the Buffalo Bills, the singer has also proposed moving the team across the border to the more populated Toronto, Canada.

The move incensed Bills fans, who want to Never Say Goodbye to their team and led to the formation of an opposition group, 12th Man Thunder, with one member adding “[Bon Jovi] can live on a prayer somewhere else.”

The group, hoping to convince the singer to Say It Isn’t So, has also enlisted the help of local businesses who are committed to providing a “Bon Jovi-free zone” in Buffalo.

For now, the fans wait to see if their protest will have any impact, but if their team do A Whole Lot of Leavin’ they’re going to need Something For The Pain.

TIME celebrities

Ellen Page: Creepiness Is a “Systemic Problem” in Hollywood

Ellen Page
Ellen Page at 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, Calif. Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez / AFP / Getty Images

Those in power often manipulate younger people, the actress says

For an actor, promoting a movie usually requires spending a lot of time talking about his or her character and the world of the film. And, in this week’s TIME, Ellen Page does just that for the new X-Men: Days of Future Past (in theaters this weekend), discussing the way the movie’s worldview meshes with her own and why she might use mutant powers to see what it’s like to be Jay Z.

But sometimes, a movie release coincides with real-life events, and in X-Men‘s case, that something happens to be the recent suit against director Bryan Singer, who has been accused of sexually abusing a minor. (On Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer filed a motion to dismiss. In a recent cover story for the same publication, Page said that those accusations against Singer were “disturbing” and that “the truth will come out in the way that it does.” But, she told TIME, no matter ends up happening with Singer’s case, there’s a larger issue that we should be talking about instead:

TIME: I read what you’ve said about the allegations against Bryan Singer, and I wonder what’s it like to be asked about those accusations…

Ellen Page: When it has nothing to do with me?

TIME: Yeah.

Page: It’s part of this world and it’s part of what we do and it’s the same with Woody [Allen, who directed Page in To Rome with Love] or whatever. I’ve worked with this person and I happen to be in the movie that’s coming out right now, so of course someone will ask about it. What could I possibly say about it? These are accusations and it’s awful and we’ll find out when we find out, when the process happens. I do think that all of Bryan’s situation aside, I do think there is a systemic problem. Any time young people are in places with people of power around, I do think that’s an important thing to talk about.

TIME: Just in general?

Page: In general and in Hollywood, yeah.

TIME: Is that something you’ve experienced personally?

Page: I grew up on film sets, so yes. I’ve never had any situation that is anything too, you know, but people are creepy and try to manipulate young people and luckily I never had anything too drastic happen.

Such power imbalances, and their “creepy” consequences, have often been seen as a problem that mostly affects those for whom the imbalance is greatest; as my colleague Kate Pickert explained when the Singer scandal first broke, advocates say that the aspirants who have the most to gain and lose are the ones most in danger of predatory quid-pro-quo transactions. But, if Page’s observations hold true across her industry, it sounds like the problem isn’t limited to careers that have yet to break through.

TIME Creativity

El Bulli Chef Ferran Adria’s Favorite Breakfast and Philosophy on Creativity

Spanish chef Ferran Adrià had one of the most famous and admired restaurants in the world. He had hundreds of people wanting each set every single night. And then in 2010, he abruptly announced he was shutting up shop. Except, as he explained to TIME in a recent interview, he’s not really shutting his restaurant, El Bulli, so much as transforming it into a foundation that explores creativity. And food. He even had a show of his drawings of plates at New York City’s Drawing Center recently.

“Picture if you were a doctor, and 70% of your time was spent with patients and 30% on research,” he says in Spanish. “Well, then you suddenly decide you want to flip it around, and you want to do 70% on research and 30% of actually taking care of patients. That’s what we decided to do.” For Adrià, to be creative, you have to be really ruthless about everything, especially your time. “People are always demanding more, more, more creativity. And if you’re not organized, you don’t have systems in place, you’re not going to last.”

Elsewhere in the interview, which can be found in this week’s issue of TIME, Adrià talks about his fascination with honey, the only food animals cook for us and how he believes people’s nostalgia gets in the way of them being able to really judge food. (His mom may want to skip reading the back page of TIME this week.)

For a guy with such a dedication to pushing the boundaries of gastronomy, Adrià has pretty simple ideas about breakfast: fruit, yogurt, coffee. Perhaps he’s saving his creative energy for the other meals.



TIME Video Games

In the Watch Dogs Launch Trailer, Chicago Looks Ginormous

Ubisoft's sandbox romp through a dystopian version of Chicago as a vengeful hacker able to manipulate the city's computer-hyperlinked surroundings on the fly arrives for consoles and PCs on May 27.

Watch Dogs (or WATCH_DOGS, if we must) is almost upon us. Ubisoft’s open-world hacking game staged in a near-future version of Chicago managed by a creepy-sounding citywide computer operating system and starring you as the brooding hero sounds suspiciously like a season of Person of Interest. That’s probably not a bad thing.

Nor is the official launch trailer hard to watch, though it cuts so quickly between scenes you’ll probably have to scan it more than once to catch everything.

Out of context press blurbs aside (why sully the presentation by aping another medium’s shenanigans?), the launch trailer offers nothing new gameplay-wise, but then it exists to get us revved up. And there’s reason to be: it’s the work of Ubisoft’s Montreal-based studio (Child of Light, Far Cry 3 and 4, all the Assassin’s Creeds), one of the highest esteemed development outfits in gaming.

Watch Dogs was due last year around the time Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One launched, but delayed until this spring to give the team time to give the game a final polish. Our review (minus multiplayer) should be live next Tuesday, the same day the game’s available in stores for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows platforms worldwide.

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