TIME movies

Watch All the Trailers for This Summer’s Biggest Movies

From Magic Mike XXL to Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Summer movie season is already well underway thanks to early releases like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Pitch Perfect 2, but there’s much more to come. In the mood for more superheroes? Look out for Ant-Man and Fantastic Four. Want young adult? Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Paper Towns should be on your list. Need to take your kids to something? Inside Out and Minions are sure to entertain. Nostalgic for the movies of your past? Jurassic World and Terminator Genisys are set to make their debuts.

Here are the trailers and release dates for some of the summer’s most highly anticipated films.

June 3 – Entourage

June 5 – Spy

June 5 – Love & Mercy

June 5 – Insidious: Chapter 3

June 12 – Jurassic World

June 12 – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

June 19 – Inside Out

June 19 – Dope

June 26 – Ted 2

July 1 – Terminator Genisys

July 1 – Magic Mike XXL

July 3 – Amy

July 10 – Minions

July 17 – Ant-Man

July 17 – Trainwreck

July 17 – Irrational Man

July 17 – Mr. Holmes

July 24 – Paper Towns

July 24 – Southpaw

July 24 – Pixels

July 31 – Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

August 7 – Fantastic Four

August 7 – Ricki and the Flash

August 7 – Dark Places

August 14 – The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

August 14 – Straight Outta Compton

August 19 – Masterminds

August 28 – We Are Your Friends

TIME Books

Nick Offerman on Gumption, Feminism and Getting Along

In Nick Offerman's second book, the 'Parks and Recreation' star explores how we might treat each other a little better

Nick Offerman is trying to differentiate himself from Ron Swanson, the carnivorous, libertarian patriot he played for seven seasons on Parks and Recreation. He’s shaved his facial hair and lost some weight with the goal of landing roles that allow him to tap into something other than an insatiable appetite for bacon. But Offerman’s latest project is neither a movie nor a television show. It’s a book, his second, and it’s as full of heart as Swanson’s face was full of mustache — which is to say, very.

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, out May 26, tells the stories of 21 artists, politicians, writers and prominent figures who share what Offerman calls “a general sense of American pluck.” Some, like Benjamin Franklin and Carol Burnett, will be familiar to most readers. Others, like Thomas Lie-Nielsen — whose company, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Offerman calls the “Cadillac” of American hand tools — may be new to anyone who isn’t handy in the woodshop.

In his exploration of these 21 lives, Offerman touches on both the personal (hard work, tolerance and the joy of creating) and the political (gay rights, marijuana legislation and some of the more unsavory aspects of American history, such as slavery and the treatment of Native Americans). But more than anything, he hopes to encourage readers to think about “how can we all continue to be more decent to one another.” Offerman applies this to things like how we talk about the pay gap between men and women, and the way religious principles are sometimes wielded in ways that, as he sees it, can hamper the quest for decency.

In his first book, the bestselling Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman mines his own experiences for meaningful (and humorous) advice. Here, he turns the focus on the lives of others, but with the similar goal of encouraging the reader to find some inspiration to live with more honesty, integrity and tolerance for the choices of others.

In conversation with TIME, Offerman talks about the eye-opening experience of moving from a small town to the big city, what feminism means to him and the plight of the American meat eater.

TIME Comedy

Watch Bill Nye Explain the Universe, Amy Schumer-Style

"Sometimes the universe creates a coincidence just so a publicist at Aeropostale will have a realization..."

Amy Schumer has broken Bill Nye. The comedian enlisted the Science Guy for a sketch in order to demonstrate how the universe sends signs to aid “white women in their 20s.” Ultimately, the universe overwhelms Nye. Caution: foul language is involved.

Here are some examples of the universe’s power: It will tell a woman when she should continue sleeping with her married boss or stop paying for cable. Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer put their dreams—like owning an apricot puggle or making mittens—”out into the universe.” Says Glazer: “The universe is totally going to bring you an apricot puggle.”

TIME Advertising

Liam Neeson Has a Very Particular Set Of Product-Endorsing Skills

He took the top spot in a new celebrity advertising ranking

Want your product to stand out? Then you best bring in a celebrity A-team—”A” for advertising.

The marketing research firm Nielsen company launched an offering Tuesday that ranks celebrities according to their sales influence. The company’s first leaderboard for its new “N-Score” service, which evaluates celebrities who have appeared in commercials during the first three months of the year, grades stars based on a variety of factors including public awareness and likeability, AP reports.

Irish actor Liam Neeson, who has starred in films such as Taken and Schindler’s List, and who performed roles in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series, scored a top spot. He earned a so-called n-score of 94, sharing the lead with another Irish actor: former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan. Despite the tie, Nielsen deemed Neeson the winner in terms of influence over consumers.

The Nielsen service provides an alternative to the incumbent pitchmen rating service, Q Score from the firm Marketing Evaluations. The company hopes to provide marketers with better matches between audiences and celebrity endorsements.

As AP reporter David Bauder writes:

Besides attaching scores to celebrity endorsers, Nielsen intends to offer marketers detailed information about the personalities and habits of people who respond well to each celebrity so they can better match pitchmen and products, said Chad Dreas, Nielsen’s managing director of media analytics.

“What do they buy? Where do they shop? What do they watch?” said Dreas, describing the details Nielsen intends to sell.

Eighty-five percent of Americans familiar with Neeson view him positively, AP reports, citing Nielsen. Neeson, who appeared in an ad for the mobile gaming company Supercell Games, which makes the popular game Clash of Clans, also edged out Matthew McConaughey, who starred in commercials for cars this year. (For laughs, here are comedian Jim Carrey’s parodies of McConaughey’s Lincoln ads.)

Others celebrities who performed well in Nielsen’s rankings:

Jeff Bridges
Jennifer Garner
Natalie Portman
Sofia Vergara
Jim Parsons
Dennis Haysbert, and
J.K. Simmons

Given the magnetism of her magazine covers—flying off the newsstand into customer’s hands—one must wonder how Rihanna scores, too.

TIME Television

Pope Francis Has Missed Out on So Much Good Television Since 1990

Cast members from HBO's "Sex and the City," from left, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Craig Blankenhorn—HBO/AP Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker in "Sex and the City."

From Survivor to Mad Men, the religious leader has had better things to do

In a recent interview, Pope Francis said he has not watched television since July 15, 1990, when he swore to the Virgin Mary that he’d cut the habit. It’s clearly worked out well for the Pontiff, who’s become one of the most important figures in the world—but what has he been missing out on in his television-free years?

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

The 1990-1991 television season, the first to commence after a young Jorge Maria Bergoglio swore off the tube, saw the debut of Will Smith’s breakout role, as well as hits including Beverly Hills 90210, Dinosaurs, and Law & Order. That’s how long the Pope has been refusing to watch TV: The entire Law & Order universe has escaped his notice. (With 456 episodes of the flagship series alone, it’s no wonder he’s so much more productive than the rest of us.)

Frasier

The leader of the Catholic Church stopped watching TV before NBC’s “Must-See” Thursday lineup entered its 1990s renaissance. The appeals of the sometimes-raunchy Friends and the openly amoral Seinfeld gang might have been lost on him, but Frasier, assaying as it did an aesthete’s search for contentment and meaning in the universe, might have provided some light entertainment. We’ll never know!

Sex and the City

This Sarah Jessica Parker series, along with The Sopranos, established HBO as the 800-pound-gorilla of cable TV in the early part of the 21st century, and pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable to show on TV. (Not that the Pope would know!) But both HBO series, too, came in for criticism from Catholics in America; the mob drama for its depiction of Italian-Americans and the louche comedy for several plotlines, including one joking about the baptism of Miranda’s child. Perhaps it’s for the best the Pope missed out on the pay-cable boom!

Survivor

The reality series, about a group of Americans marooned in the wilderness for 39 days (one fewer than Jesus in the Biblical story of the temptation of Christ) has earned more than its share of faithful viewers over its 15 years on the air, but the show’s pan-theistic tone would seem to be a turnoff for viewers in the priesthood. Contestants, for instance, flout the First Commandment when they compete to win immunity “idols”—to say nothing of their hunger for a cash prize.

Mad Men

Don’t ask Pope Francis whether or not he thinks Don collaborated with Peggy on the Coke ad! But other aspects of the recently-concluded AMC drama, and of Peggy’s story arc, might resonate more poignantly with any Catholic. Through the conflicted copywriter, the show examined the evolving role of the church in the lives of the faithful in the years following Vatican II. And there’s, perhaps, an argument to be made that streaming it on Netflix isn’t quite the same as watching TV, which brings us to…

Grace and Frankie

Series star Jane Fonda, like the Pope an icon born in the mid-1930s, is an avowed fan of the Pontiff. That may not be enough to lure the Pope back to watching TV, but the series’ chilled-out, live-and-let-live attitude has a little in common with Francis’s famous humanism. And just as no one expects the 78-year-old Pope to watch TV again, 77-year-old Fonda’s star turn was something of a surprise—a testament to just how central to the culture television has become in the past 25 years.

TIME Television

500 Channels and Everything’s On: The Too-Much-TV Problem

LACEY_TERRELL/HBO Taylor Kitsch costars in True Detective season 2. But have you finished True Detective season 1 yet?

Who has time for summer TV when you’re still catching up on winter TV?

Correction appended: May 26, 2015

There is more TV than there is life.

This has been true since television sets wore rabbit ears, of course, but once, at least, you knew that the bulk of that was filler: reruns, court shows, home shopping, &c. It was reasonably easy to edit that down to a subset of “your shows” and even wish there were more choices out there.

Recently, though, I saw a statistic that struck a chill into my professional-TV-watching heart. Last year, there were 352 original scripted shows on broadcast, cable and streaming TV. Let’s estimate 10 hours a year, sans ads, per series (long for a comedy, short for a drama). That’s 3,520 hours, or just shy of 60 days–assuming you clip your eyelids open Clockwork Orange-style and you exclude news, reality shows, movies, sports, game shows, talk shows, viral videos, documentaries, music, House Hunters, commercials, food, work, exercise, sleep, bathroom breaks, the laughter of children and the touch of a devoted lover. (Well, unless you multitask.)

For a TV critic, it means that the job more than ever is about figuring out what not to watch–doing the triage and selective sampling to keep up on many things when you know you can’t nearly see everything. But at least I can do it on company time. For those of you with real jobs–say, if you’re the Pope–the cutting must be even more severe. (This is why I always laugh when people say TV critics are harsher on shows than regular folks: there is no speedier, more pitiless judge the person with an hour or two of tube time before bed and no professional obligation to watch more than two minutes.)

Which is why it’s a cruel blessing that–as we hear every year lately–”Summer rerun season is over.” Indeed, there’s an avalanche of new TV this summer: several Netflix series, an AMC drama about robots, a new Walking Dead sequel, another True Detective and David Duchovny chasing Charlie Manson, just for starters.

Yet when I talk to my non-professional TV-watching friends, I get the sense that what they could use is not so much a summer-rerun season as a summer-TV sabbatical: two or three months where no one programs anything, and you finally get a chance to catch up. There are those second-tier Sunday-night shows you piled up on your DVR because you had to watch Game of Thrones or Mad Men live. You never got around to watching The Americans but kept hearing you needed to. (Bad news: you do. It’s on Amazon.) You want to rewatch The X-Files and Twin Peaks before they come back on Fox and Showtime, but the time to watch them exists only in an alternative universe.

Obviously this is a high-class problem for all of us, not least anyone professionally invested in TV. It’s thrilling to write about TV now when, whatever issues the business has, it’s more central to the culture than ever. Writers and producers have more places to pitch off-the-wall projects–Epix is making shows now, Epix!–and what ends up on the air is, if not always better, at least more ambitious and varied in subject matter. And it’s a business opportunity for upstart cable channels and streaming services, all of which have incentive to throw money at creative folks to dream up programming that will make their services seem essential.

But I have to wonder if we’re reaching the point of where there’s so much essential TV that much of it, even the really good stuff, seems less essential. Much of this programming explosion, on cable and broadcast, is driven by people’s fickle viewing habits and anxiety over what happens if too many people cut the cord and the old cable-bundle model collapses.

From what I hear anecdotally, at least, the surplus of shows may actually encourage people to cord-cut and look for alternatives to traditional cable. Today, you have more TV to watch, and more ways to watch it if you miss it live. Once you start to assume you’re going to watch a lot of things late anyway, why not just give in, get streaming and iTunes, and watch everything a day, a month, a year later? (Most of us have already gotten used to watching movies that way, after all.)

Such is the summer of our excess content. We’re lucky to live in an era of so much must-see TV. But that means that most of it becomes must-see… eventually.

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the network rebooting Twin Peaks. It is Showtime.

TIME Media

Here’s How Bad the Memorial Day Box Office Was

The holiday weekend's domestic ticket sales were the worst since 2001

Hollywood had a holiday weekend to forget this Memorial Day, thanks to a disappointing performance by Disney’s latest big release.

The Walt Disney Company’s Tomorrowland topped the weekend box-office in the U.S., but the movie fell short of expectations in what was the film industry’s lowest-grossing Memorial Day weekend since 2001. Hollywood pulled in roughly $190 million in domestic ticket sales over the weekend, according to Rentrak. That figure represents a 17% decline year-over-year, and it’s also down 39% from the weekend’s record, set two years ago.

Disney’s Tomorrowland set the tone for the disappointing weekend by topping the box-office with just $41.7 million in estimated box-office gross. Disney spent about $180 million to make Tomorrowland and the film was expected to make at least $50 million in its opening weekend. Mixed reviews and confusion over the premise of the film—the movie is based loosely on an area within Disneyland and the company’s marketing campaign was shrouded in mystery—likely contributed to the film’s lackluster ticket sales.

As The Wall Street Journal noted:

Particularly disappointing to [Disney] was that the PG-rated movie, directed by Brad Bird of The Incredibles and Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol fame and starring George Clooney,wasn’t a big draw with families. Only 30% of audiences Saturday were families, according to exit polls.

“When audiences are spending their hard earned cash on a blockbuster or tent-pole movie, they kind of want to know what they’re getting going in, for better or worse,” Rentrak’s senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian told U.S. News & World Report.

Despite the poor initial performance of Tomorrowland, though, Disney still leads all major studios when it comes to total domestic box-office gross in 2015, according to Box Office Mojo. Disney’s 2015 haul includes the year’s top-grossing film so far, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and the company is still banking on a few more big releases this summer, including the new animated Pixar film, Inside Out, which hits theaters next month.

Still, a poor showing over Memorial Day weekend likely has Hollywood studios hoping that 2015 won’t be a repeat of last year, when the typically high-grossing summer season disappointed with a 16% decline in seasonal ticket sales.

This article originally appeared on Fortune.com

TIME Books

Mindy Kaling Reveals Details of New Book With B.J. Novak

attends the Pixar: Inside Out Panel discussion during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France.
Andreas Rentz—2015 Getty Images attends the Pixar: Inside Out Panel discussion during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2015 in Cannes, France.

According to Kaling it's "not a tell-all, sadly."

Mindy Kaling confirmed on Twitter that she and Office co-star B.J. Novak are working on a book, but warned that it will likely disappoint those looking for gossip.

The New York Daily News reported last week that Kaling and Novak were writing a book that would “likely to include juicy information about ‘The Office’ stars’ ‘complicated’ courtship.” However, according to Kaling, the text will likely be tamer — or at least not a “tell-all.”

Kaling also added that she isn’t intentionally being cryptic. The book is just still in early stages.

According to the Daily News, Kaling and Novak made a reported $7.5 million deal for the book. The two are scheduled to appear together at a BookCon Panel Saturday, and the Daily News reported that a title for their joint endeavor might be revealed there.

Kaling’s new book Why Not Me? is due out in September.

TIME Music

Hear Icona Pop’s Jazz-Inspired New Single “Emergency”

The Swedish duo taps into jazz-age vibes on their latest track

The crisis Icona Pop sings about in the duo’s new single is an emergency of the dance-related variety. When an ambulance is summoned, it seems to be for the express purpose of saving a victim who is lost in the music, perhaps too far gone for rescue.

The song moves with a sense of urgency, its cadence reminiscent of Pharrell’s “Come Get It Bae.” But it swaps out that track’s funky beat for a backbone of marching piano and trumpet solos worthy of the Gatsby era. Had it been released a couple of years earlier, it would have been a shoo-in for the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby adaptation.

Icona Pop’s “I Love It,” a collaboration with Charli XCX released in 2012, was a top-ten song of that summer. While “Emergency” doesn’t have quite the same undeniable song-of-summer quality as their breakout stateside hit, it may well be a close second.

TIME movies

Tyler James Williams ‘Would Absolutely Love to’ Be the Next Spider-Man

The Walking Dead actor says he's read for Marvel in the past

After joining the cast of The Walking Dead, Tyler James Williams has his eye on another comic-book adaptation: Marvel’s upcoming reboot of Spider-Man.

“I’m open to the idea, I am,” he said in a recent interview. “I’m not like starting campaigns or anything for it because I trust Marvel. I’ve read for them before. I trust what their decisions will be. But yeah, I would love to do it. I would absolutely love to do it.”

Williams has long been a fan-favorite to play Miles Morales, a newer version of Spider-Man who is of black and Hispanic descent. “We’ll see what happens, which way Marvel decides to go with Spider-Man,” Williams said. “But I’d love to take a turn with somebody who is kind of ethnically ambiguous and just kind of turn it on its head. You know, force people to see them in a different light.”

While not a lot has been announced about the upcoming reboot, which will bring the web-slinging superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel president Kevin Feige has said the movie will focus on Peter Parker, who will be back in high school.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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