TIME Television

Portlandia Gets Dramatic in the Trailer for Season 5

“I’ve concluded that we’re looking for a weirdo”

The trailer for Season 5 of Portlandia is a little bit Law and Order, a little bit Michael Bay. With a dramatic soundtrack building suspense in the background, Fred, Carrie and their cadre of famous guest stars scream, fire machine guns, set gasoline aflame, and hang from ledges by their fingertips. If they weren’t so goofy, it would almost be suspenseful.

Of course, take out the action movie score and you’re left with the same old shenanigans we’re used to — namely, campaigning about the benefits of unpasteurized milk and attempting to free the whales at Sea World. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. After four seasons of milking the Portland stereotype nearly dry, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein keep coming up with more ridiculous spoofs of the dog-loving, bike-riding, coffee-drinking, organic-obsessed city that is Portland.

The trailer includes cameos from Jeff Goldblum, Ed Begley, Jr., Justin Long, Olivia Wilde, Paul Reubens, Vanessa Bayer and Brigitte Nielsen. IFC has announced that Paul Simon, Oscar the Grouch, Steve Buscemi and many others will also appear this season.

The season premieres on Jan. 8, 2015.

TIME celebrities

Watch Poet Nikki Giovanni Rip Bill Cosby to Shreds in 2007 Speech

"Will somebody please hospitalize Bill Cosby?"

Bill Cosby had plenty of critics before his latest scandal, and in a video from 2007 that has circulated on the Internet this week, poet Nikki Giovanni gave him a thorough skewering.

The entertainer was known then for making conservative speeches on what he considers a lack of morality in the black community, and proposing changes that Giovanni took issue with.

“They should buy Hooked on Phonics because he doesn’t understand what they’re saying?” she asked in a speech at the Miami Book Fair International seven years ago. “He needs to listen. Park your limousine.

“He’s mad because they drop their drawers? He’s mad because he has to look at the crack? It’s the only crack he’s mad at looking at, because he’s looked at a whole lot of other ones.”

Cosby canceled a series of performances Friday, as allegations that he sexually harassed or raped various women over a period of decades continue to grow. His lawyer has dismissed the claims as false.

TIME movies

7 Ways Mockingjay Changes from Page to Screen

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Spoilers for "Mockingjay—Part 1" follow

Big-screen adaptations of books always involve changes and modifications to the original story. It’s not a new phenomenon—but it’s one we still love to pick apart when given the opportunity.

But when it comes to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, there isn’t much picking to be done. (Spoilers for Mockingjay—Part 1 follow.)

The major changes from book to screen are few and far between, perhaps mostly because the third Hunger Games book is being split into two films—which gave screenwriter Danny Strong more time to fit in more stuff from the novel. Sure, we could talk about how Prim didn’t utter the line “Whatever it takes to break you,” or how the movie didn’t mention Katniss’ new bow having voice-recognition technology, but most of those changes are tiny details omitted for time that don’t have much bearing on the actual story.

As for the big stuff—well, that we can talk about. Namely:

1. Katniss dreams of Peeta
Okay, so this isn’t a big change so much as a bigish modification, but still, Katniss dreaming of Peeta arriving and holding her at night—much like he did on their Victor’s Tour—wasn’t in the book. Yet it was a great physical representation of all of the feelings Katniss has (and goes on and on about, via her inner monologue) in the book. In other words, this was a smart move.

2. More President Coin
Going into the film, we’d been told that President Coin would have a greater presence than she did in the book—and that proved to be true. Not only did the film end with her epic speech about rescuing all of Panem—juxtaposed against a horrified Katniss watching a ruined Peeta—but the film also worked in a bit of background for her character. When she first announces that Katniss will be the Mockingjay, Prim tells us why there are so few children in District 13: an epidemic took most of them out, along with all of Coin’s family.

3. President Snow’s prep team and the other districts’ rebellion
Katniss’s first-person perspective in the books means that it’s always safe to expect more of both Snow and the other districts in the Hunger Games films. It’s not a change so much as a point-of-view adjustment—but nevertheless, the movie created a few new characters, namely Snow’s prep team of sorts. In the film, we meet his speech writer, along with another man who helps him make decisions. As for the other districts—well, who knew lumberjacks could be such badasses?

4. Effie in District 13
Probably the biggest difference from book to screen is the presence of Elizabeth Banks as Effie. In the book, her character isn’t in District 13 after the Quarter Quell. But after Banks’ portrayal made Effie a fan favorite in the films, it’s not difficult to understand the film’s desire to change that. After all, nobody’s going to complain about seeing Effie in a jumpsuit.

5. No Venia, Octavia, or Flavius
Effie’s presence in the film fills the same role Cinna’s prep team filled in Mockingjay. In the book, Katniss finds out that Venia, Octavia, and Flavius have been imprisoned in 13 after stealing food, and she frees them. They then help her find her Mockingjay look, which of course becomes Effie’s job in the film.

6. Peeta’s rescue
Because the book is from Katniss’s perspective, we don’t get any of the details of Peeta’s rescue. But the film opens it up: We follow Boggs’s team as they enter the Tribute Center and find all of the equipment that was used to torture (and hijack) Peeta and others. Another tweak to the scene: Instead of Katniss starting the distraction broadcast with the story of how she met Peeta, in the film, Finnick speaks first. It’s only after the Capitol seems to be waking up that Katniss steps in. But she doesn’t talk about Peeta. Instead, she talks directly to President Snow—who, in a twist, knows about the rescue mission in the Tribute Center.

When Film Katniss realizes this, the film physically shows her mental breakdown about potentially losing both Katniss and Gale. So yes, this moment is changed, but only to further the story—and again, find a way to present Katniss’s feelings on screen.

7. “I Kill Snow”
This isn’t a huge deal, but Katniss’s list of demands for becoming the Mockingjay is very short in the film: She wants the other victors to be saved and pardoned, and she wants Prim to keep her cat. Oh, she also remembers Annie, whom she adds at the last minute in the book. So what demands were eliminated? Well, despite not showing Katniss ask for it, the film does work in Katniss hunting with Gale—so we can’t complain about that. But the biggest change is the elimination of Katniss’s final demand: “I kill Snow.” Then again, maybe the films are saving that moment for Part 2.

Final note: Whatever happened to those promos of Snow with Joanna and Peeta at his side? They were the first teasers for the film, and it would’ve been nice to see them in the final product.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

TIME Music

Pick Your Dream Date in the New One Direction Video ‘Night Changes’

The boys are ready to serenade you

The guys from One Direction are ready to woo you with a magical dream date, and just like a personality quiz, you get to choose your own adventure.

Will it be a romantic Italian dinner complete with spaghetti and red wine with Zayn? A drive in the country with the roof down with Louis? A night in with board games and an open fire with Niall? Ice skating with Harry? A carnival with the other one?

But as the band asks, “Does it ever drive you crazy just how fast the night changes?” What starts out as a dream date can disintegrate—fast.

The song comes from One Direction’s fourth studio album, Four, out this week.

TIME Music

Beyoncé’s New Song ‘Ring Off’ Isn’t About Her Marriage After All

Beyonce Knowles, Tina Knowles
From left, U.S designer Tina Knowles and U.S singer Beyonce Knowles, launch their collection House of Dereon, featuring both the Autum-Winter and Summer 2011 collections, in London, during London Fashion week, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short) Jonathan Short—ASSOCIATED PRESS

The singer tells Tina Knowles to put her "love on top"

When it was announced, the title of Beyonce’s new song “Ring Off” was widely interpreted as a potential explanation of the ongoing rumors around her marriage to Jay Z. What the singer has produced instead is a moving tribute to her mother, Tina.

“Ring Off” is one of two new songs on the re-release of Beyoncé (both are streaming at Spin). That album’s middle-of-the-night release last year was almost as surprising as its complex, adult themes, dealing with themes of marriage and motherhood. Beyoncé was about, well, Beyoncé, within the context of her relationship. “Ring Off” expands the focus, addressing “Mama” in the first verse and telling her “I understand your many sleepless nights / When you sit and you think about Father / Or how you tried to be the perfect wife.”

Tina and Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé’s parents, separated in 2009 and are now divorced; Beyoncé has since severed professional ties with her father, who’s gone on to make provocative statements about his daughter’s personal life. But “Ring Off” isn’t about intra-family strife, despite the fact its very title references ending a marriage. It’s a celebration of Tina Knowles’s newfound independence, telling her to put her “love on top,” a witty reversal of Beyoncé’s own song of the same title. The song “Love on Top,” a fan favorite, is a celebration of prioritizing marital love; Beyoncé telling her mother “it’s your time to put your love on top” is an encouragement to put herself and her own happiness first.

Beyoncé’s first album, Dangerously in Love, concludes with “Daddy,” a saccharine tribute to Matthew Knowles that includes the lyric “I want my unborn son to be like my daddy / I want my husband to be like my daddy.” It’s a sign of the singer’s evolution in the eleven years since “Daddy” that she now ends the Beyoncé era with a tribute to her mother: “Always know that you’ve got a daughter / That’s so, so proud you took the high road,” she sings in “Ring Off.” What her father is or is not like doesn’t enter the equation, here; what’s most important is a woman’s own happiness and independence. It’s the musical equivalent of the message sent by the most memorable photo from Solange Knowles’s recent wedding, in which rows of staunch-looking woman stare down the camera. In the Knowles family, now, gender equality is paramount.

“7/11,” Beyoncé’s other new song, is less apt for analysis: It’s a ready-made club hit whose clear influences from Southern rap are more interesting than the lyrics. But with “Ring Off,” Beyoncé’s made a big step forward. Her album was about how fulfilling, if frustrating, it is to be in a long-term monogamous relationship. That album now features an examination of the circumstances under which it’s better to be alone, and an amplification of the album’s theme. The fulfillments of marriage, and of single life, both stem from putting herself first.

TIME Television

Sherlock Fans Warned to Expect ‘Tragedy’ in Season 4

From left: Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes
From left: Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes Robert Viglasky—Hartswood Films/MASTERPIECE

Get ready for some dark days on the BBC drama, co-creator says

Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss has revealed that the show’s fourth season will take a tragic turn—though he’s not giving away any spoilers just yet.

“You can always expect tragedy as well as adventure,” he said in an interview with RadioTimes.com. “That’s just how it goes.”

The show is set to air a one-episode special in early 2015, and a full fourth season in 2016.

Gattiss’s lips are sealed on exactly what grim proceedings viewers can expect. But actor Martin Freeman, who plays Dr. John Watson, has hinted at one character’s imminent death, based on the events in the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle series. Here’s a clue: it’s not his.

[RadioTimes]

TIME Food

‘Food Chains’ Doc Sheds Light on America’s Farmworkers

Forest Whitaker narrates documentary produced by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and actress Eva Longoria

A new documentary about the farmworkers who pick America’s harvest was released Friday in selected markets.

“Food Chains,” produced by actress Eva Longoria and Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser, primarily tells the story of a labor dispute between tomato pickers in Immokalle, Florida, and the Publix supermarket chain. That dispute is the origin of the Fair Food Program, a voluntary initiative to raise wages and working conditions for farmworkers.

“What we bring with the Fair Food Program is not another model of corporate social responsibility, because the goal is not to make any corporation legit,” says farmworker and organizer Gerardo Chavez in the film. “The goal is to address human rights and labor rights that exist in the fields. The creation of the program comes directly from the participation of the workers in the program and the ideas of our community. That’s what we call worker-led social responsibility.”

TIME celebrities

Bill Cosby to Perform Friday Night in Florida

Bill Cosby Performs At The Treasure Island
Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller—Getty Images

The show will go on despite reports that the event could draw protesters

Bill Cosby will perform in a Melbourne, Fla. venue on Friday night despite recent controversy surrounding multiple allegations of rape against the comedian.

His management put out a statement noting that Cosby “is a well-respected member of the entertainment community and one of America’s most beloved performers. While we are aware of the allegations reported in the press, we are only in a position to judge him based on his career as an entertainer and humanitarian. His sold-out show at the King Center for the Performing Arts this Friday, November 21 will go on as scheduled.”

A protest against his appearance is rumored, though officials from the venue say they have no specific information to confirm this.

When asked about the rape allegations, Cosby recently responded, “I don’t talk about it.”

[Florida Today]

TIME film

Steve McQueen to Make Paul Robeson Biopic

Paul Robeson planned
Oscar winner Steve McQueen, who is planning a film about the life of American singer and actor Paul Robeson. Issue date: Wednesday November 19, 2014. Ian West—PA Wire/Press Association Images

The acclaimed filmmaker of 12 Years a Slave also announced a film version of the UK TV series "Widows"

Director Steve McQueen has announced he is working on a biopic about American actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.

“His life and legacy was the film I wanted to make the second after Hunger” McQueen said on stage at the Hidden Heroes awards in New York. Hunger was his debut film about an IRA hunger striker. “But I didn’t have the power, I didn’t have the juice,” he said.

The son of an escaped slave, Robeson led an extraordinary life as a lawyer, actor, singer and activist who supported causes such as the Republican in the Spanish Civil War and unemployed Welsh miners. Harry Belafonte is involved in production of the movie, the Guardian reports.

Though the Robeson picture is in the works, McQueen revealed that his next film after the breakout success of his 12 Years a Slave will be a full-length adaptation of the British television series “Widows,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Read more at the Guardian

TIME Fine Art

Georgia O’Keeffe Sets New Auction Record for Women Artists

Georgia O'Keeffe
American artist Georgia O'Keeffe looks off into the distance with her hands on a piece of pottery, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1974. Joe Munroe—Getty Images

"Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1" quadrupled the previous record

The woman best known for her flower paintings set a new auction record for the most expensive work of art by a woman. “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1″ sold for $44.4 million at Sotheby’s on Thursday, almost triple the auction house’s high estimate.

The hammer price is four times higher than the previous record holder: an untitled painting by Joan Mitchell that sold for $11.9 million.

As TIME first wrote of O’Keeffe in 1928, “When Georgia O’Keeffe paints flowers, she does not paint fifty flowers stuffed into a dish. On most of her canvases there appeared one gigantic bloom, its huge feathery petals furled into some astonishing pattern of color and shade and line…It is enough to say that Miss O’Keeffe’s paintings are as full of passion as the verses of Solomon’s Song.”

[Bloomberg]

 

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