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Judge Says Katy Perry’s Convent Sale Appears to Be Invalid

Katy Perry at Starkey Hearing Foundation Awards Gala in St. Paul, Minn. on July 26, 2015.
Andy King—AP Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation Katy Perry at Starkey Hearing Foundation Awards Gala in St. Paul, Minn. on July 26, 2015.

Perry has agreed to purchase the convent and an adjoining house of prayer

(LOS ANGELES) — A judge says he believes the sale of a hilltop convent to a businesswoman who wants to turn it into a hotel is invalid.

Los Angeles’ archbishop wants to sell the property to pop singer Katy Perry. But the sale is opposed by the order of nuns who own the convent.

Superior Court Judge James C. Chalfant made the comments about the disputed sale but he did not immediately order businesswoman Dana Hollister to vacate the convent.

Chalfant will consider whether to allow Perry or Hollister to pay rent on the property while it is tied up by lawsuits.

Perry has agreed to pay $14.5 million for the convent and an adjoining house of prayer used by priests.

The “Roar” singer did not attend the hearing.

Another hearing was set for Sept. 15.

TIME Television

All Your Dreams of Witnessing an Exorcism Live on TV Are About to Come True

The Exorcist
Silver Screen Collection—Getty Images A scene from 'The Exorcist'

The network says it will be the first live televised event of its kind in U.S. history.

It’s been more than 40 years since double Oscar-winner The Exorcist arrived in theaters in 1973, but the abundance of exorcism-themed films in the ensuing years have made it apparent that moviegoers’ fascination with the phenomenon hasn’t waned. To that end, Destination America, a cable channel owned by Discovery Communications, is readying itself to make television history on October 30, when the network will air what it is calling the first-ever live televised exorcism in U.S. history.

The event, appropriately dubbed Exorcism: Live will not be without a proper sense of history. Destination America is planning on returning to the story—and house—that inspired the William Friedkin film, 66 years after the exorcism of Roland Doe in the suburbs of St. Louis. However, instead of performing the exorcism on a person, the program will focus on exorcising the house itself.

“As we step into one of the most haunted and well-known spirit destinations in America, Exorcism: Live will show exactly what is inside this infamous, highly dangerous and possessed home,” Destination America’s Marc Etkind. “By actually exorcising this iconic house live, Destination America will do what it does best — bringing never before seen experiences to television.”

[The Hollywood Reporter]

TIME celebrities

Mariah Carey to Make Directorial Debut on Hallmark Channel

Mariah Carey at 2015 Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.
Jon Kopaloff—Getty Images Mariah Carey at 2015 Summer TCA Tour in Beverly Hills, Calif. on July 29, 2015.

Adding her touch to this year's holiday season

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) — Mariah Carey is making her directorial debut on the Hallmark Channel.

Carey will direct and co-star in “Mariah Carey’s Christmas Project,” the network announced Wednesday. Production will begin in the fall. The scripted film is slated to air in December as part of its annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming.

The announcement comes at a busy time for the singer. Next week, she’ll receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She recently launched a residency in Las Vegas where she performs her No. 1 hits, including “Vision of Love,” ”Hero” and “We Belong Together.”

TIME movies

Watch the Intense Trailer for Beasts of No Nation

The film tells the story of an African child soldier involved in civil war

The first trailer for Cary Fukunaga’s upcoming Beasts of No Nation is an emotional, intense look into the life of an African child soldier that ends with Idris Elba’s character forcing the little boy to make a choice: kill the man in front of him who possibly killed his family — or let him escape with his life.

Beasts of No Nation is a Netflix original film based on Uzodinma Iweala’s 2005 novel of the same name, and will be one of the first Netflix original films along with Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, The Ridiculous Six, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend. It’s set to begin streaming Oct. 16, and will debut in select Landmark theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego that same day. The film will debut at the Venice Film Festival and also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. See the trailer above.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Television

Jon Stewart Did a Stand-Up Set So Now We Can All Speculate Wildly

Does his appearance at New York's Comedy Cellar give fans any hint of his post-Daily Show plans?

Trading in his customary (and eBay-able) suit for the outfit of a middle-aged angler about to set out on an all-day fishing trip, Daily Show host Jon Stewart appeared at New York’s famous Comedy Cellar to perform a brief stand-up set on Wednesday night.

Stewart, whose 16-year run at the program will end on August 6, performed a 10-minute set at the behest of former Daily Show executive producer Rory Albanese, who now runs the operation at Daily Show spin-off The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Albanese was kind enough to share an image of the outgoing late night host on stage:

As if Stewart’s cameo didn’t add enough excitement to the West Village comedy club, Louis C.K. performed a set of his own just before Stewart. “I could do this again,” Stewart reportedly said after leaving the stage—a comment which is sure to be blown out of proportion by exactly no one as the 52-year-old comedian concludes his Daily Show stint.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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This Picture of Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence On a Jet Ski Is the Definition of Joy

The best friendship of our dreams is becoming a reality

A few weeks ago, Amy Schumer shared her priceless reaction to Jennifer Lawrence merely uttering Schumer’s name. Fast-forward to right now, and the two of them are apparently besties.

We know this because Schumer posted a photo on Instagram Thursday that showed the two women riding a Jet Ski together:

Jlaw #maniac

A photo posted by @amyschumer on

Of course J-Law is driving, of course Schumer is calling her a maniac, and of course Schumer has the wild-eyed grin of someone having the time of her life.

We can only imagine that the pair are on vacation together celebrating the success of Schumer’s movie Trainwreck. We also hope they’re taking this opportunity to kick around ideas for a new movie in which they play sisters. Make it happen, ladies.

TIME celebrity

Taylor Swift Just Shared More Behind-the-Scenes Clips From the ‘Bad Blood’ Video

Featuring Karlie Kloss and Hayley Williams

Taylor Swift released her epic star-studded music video for “Bad Blood” more than two months ago, but she’s still sharing all kinds of behind-the-scenes footage and stunt fails.

Her latest behind-the-scenes clips, which she posted on Instagram Wednesday, feature her pals Karlie Kloss and Hayley Williams.

“We just came up with my name: Knockout. We’re badass spies training together and we’re not messing around,” the supermodel Kloss explains.

"We just came up with my name: Knockout." @karliekloss Don't forget to vote for VMAs!

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

“My character, she is The Crimson Curse,” Williams, lead singer of Paramore, explains in another clip.

"My character… She is The Crimson Curse." @yelyahwilliams

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

TIME Books

Emily Brontë Never Knew How Successful She’d Become

Painting of Emily Jane Bronte who was a femaile poet and romance writer.
Photo 12 / UIG / Getty Image Painting of Emily Jane Bronte

July 30, 1818: Emily Brontë is born

Correction appended, July 31, 2015

When she died of consumption at age 30, Emily Brontë believed her only novel had been a failure. Born on this day, July 30, in 1818, the middle of the three literary Brontë sisters only survived long enough to read the early, negative reviews of Wuthering Heights — of which there were many.

“How a human being could have attempted such a book as the present without committing suicide before he had finished a dozen chapters, is a mystery,” opined the Philadelphia-based Graham’s Magazine in 1848, the year after the novel’s publication. “It is a compound of vulgar depravity and unnatural horrors.”

“Read Jane Eyre is our advice, but burn Wuthering Heights,” suggested Paterson’s Magazine.

Of course, the tide of public opinion soon turned, and Wuthering Heights became a classic — one that has only grown more popular, it seems, as the years have passed. Here are a few of the gothic love story’s many adaptations that enjoyed the critical success Emily Brontë never knew:

The Film. Laurence Olivier was a reluctant Heathcliff in Samuel Goldwyn’s 1939 movie — although only because he preferred the purer art of theater. He complained during filming that “he dislikes working for the movies and only does it for money,” according to TIME. Begrudgingly, he pulled off a brilliant performance all the same: “a speaking tribute to the efficacy of the profit motive,” per TIME. Detailing Goldwyn’s efforts to achieve authenticity, TIME added that he:

…landscaped 540 California acres into a Yorkshire moor. He imported eight British actors, a dialect expert to see that their accents matched, 1,000 panes of hand-blown glass for interior shots and 1,000 heather plants for outdoors. He did not attempt to send for Emily Brontë. In spite of this oversight, there is not much she could have done to improve this screen translation of her masterpiece.

The Opera. While Carlisle Floyd had some criticism of his own for the novel — “I realized it’s very badly written; I could use almost no Brontë dialogue,” TIME quotes the composer as saying in 1958 — his operatic adaptation of Wuthering Heights in Santa Fe won over some influential critics, including a Metropolitan Opera Board Member, who said, “This puts the Met to shame.” (Not everyone shared his high opinion. Per TIME: “‘I liked the movie better,’ said one mink-draped woman.”)

The MTV Musical. Reviewers didn’t love this 2003 version, which turned the brooding Heathcliff into a literal rock star. Still, the critics went easier on MTV than they had on Emily Brontë two centuries earlier. “Teenage girls may get a kick out of it, but for a broader audience it could and should have been better,” the New York Times concluded diplomatically.

The Action Figures. One of the best Brontë remakes was never actually made. A YouTube video of a fake commercial for Transformers-like action figures of Emily and her sisters — produced in 1998 as one in a series of educational shorts, although it never actually aired — shows the Brontë figures confronting the patriarchy with fake mustaches and boomerang books. When outnumbered, the trio combine to form the Brontesaurus, an all-powerful dinosaur equipped with “barrier-breaking feminist vision.”

The Novel, Re-issued, with a Vampire Boost. All it took was a nod from Bella to resurrect Emily Brontë’s masterpiece from the dead. After the heroine of the Twilight saga compared her feelings for Edward to Catherine’s love for Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights attracted a new generation of readers. Sales of the novel quadrupled, according to the Telegraph, after HarperCollins reissued it in 2009 with the tagline “Bella and Edward’s favorite book.”

Read more about Brontë from the TIME archives: More News of the Dark Foundling

Correction: The original version of this story misstated the year Wuthering Heights was published. It was 1847.

TIME movies

Here’s Your First Look at the Emotional Room Movie Adaptation

Emma Donoghue's bestselling book gets an eerie on-screen version

Emma Donoghue’s Room is the latest book club favorite to hit the big screen. And with actress Brie Larson (of recent Trainwreck fame) in the lead role, it’s sure to be an emotional roller coaster. The 2010 novel was short-listed for Britain’s Man Booker Prize and tells the story of a young woman who was kidnapped, locked in a shed and raped repeatedly by her captor for many years.

The book is narrated by 5-year-old Jack, who has only ever seen the 11-by-11 foot shed he was born into. Donoghue also wrote the screenplay for the film, which is directed by Lenny Abrahamson and will hit theaters in October of 2015.

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Janeane Garofalo on Wet Hot American Summer’s Cult Status and Quitting the Internet

Janeane Garofalo in Wet Hot American Summer First Day of Camp
Saeed Adyani—Netflix Janeane Garofalo returns to Camp Firewood in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

The actress and comedian talks with TIME about the Netflix prequel series

Janeane Garofalo doesn’t know when she’ll watch all of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the eight-episode prequel to the 2001 cult film she starred in, which begins streaming on Netflix this Friday. That’s because she doesn’t use the Internet anymore, so she can’t just fire up the series on a laptop. She doesn’t have an email address or an iPhone either. In fact, to schedule our interview, she gives me a call to ask what my schedule looks like so she can be available on her preferred landline—a far cry from the typical, celebrity interviews that come together over days of emailing with publicists haggling over time slots.

Streaming services and smartphone technology aren’t the only things that have changed since Wet Hot American Summer premiered 14 years ago, but the former Air America host and one-time Saturday Night Live cast member is unfazed by all of it. The film’s intense cult following? Garofalo already predicted that back when she was making the movie. The A-list rise of her co-stars Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler? Well deserved, she says, but hardly surprising. And what about the political correctness debate happening in comedy right now? Nothing she hasn’t heard before as a veteran stand-up comedian.

Garofalo spoke with TIME about capturing the magic of the original Wet Hot American Summer, her views on Donald Trump and why Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion has a big gay following.

TIME: Will you binge-watch the entire series when it comes out on Netflix?

Janeane Garofalo: We don’t have it yet! I’ll be in Jackson, Mississippi, working on something. Unless the hotel has Netflix.

Do you have a laptop?

I don’t use a computer, nor do I have a smartphone. I know you don’t believe that. Many people can’t believe it. People will believe in a deity, extraterrestrial ghosts, but this one thing they can’t believe. I’m a bit of a neo-luddite.

Isn’t that the cool thing to do now? You’re ahead of the game.

It’s not noble. The downside is it definitely affects ticket sales for stand-up comedy because social media platforms are vital to a lot of comics on the road. But I’m absolutely willing to sacrifice seats because there are so many negative things. What happened with Air America with so many right-wing trolls and death threats, it emotionally affected me. That stuff doesn’t roll right off me the way it does for some people, and there’s such a culture of cruelty with it that I just couldn’t handle it. Now there are so many upsides to it—I understand that it’s the great democratic medium. But I also like to get books and magazines and the paper, and I like to watch MSNBC and BBC News. I like it the old-fashioned way. My boyfriend uses a computer, and if I absolutely need to he can pass along information to me.

That’s good! You’re probably better off this way.

I don’t miss much. I never know what people are talking about with viral videos. When somebody asks, “Did you see so-and-so’s face, have they had work done?” I don’t know what they’re referring to, and I’m happy to not be a part of pop culture nonsense. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way—I just don’t have an interest in knowing “Did they have work done?” or “Did you see that slutty video of the cat doing the thing?”

I was just talking with Hannibal Buress about animated GIFS and how people discover new comedy through platforms like Tumblr.

It’s really important! There are so many comics whose work is built upon the new technology. They can sell out good-sized spaces purely through that, and I understand that. But then you could go down a rabbit hole and waste so much time look at stuff, which I think lots of people do at work. They pretend to look busy. Also, people just never get off the phone. You will never be invited anywhere again if people can’t email you, which can be an upside if you never wanted to go to brunch in the first place.

Yeah, that sounds like it has its perks.

Sometimes I’ll hear about stuff if I run into somebody, but it’s as if people no longer can pick up a phone. I can text, but also I’m really happy not to attend your kid’s fifth birthday party in Park Slope—no offense to anyone and their kid’s birthday parties. But enough about that nonsense.

So when did you realize Wet Hot American Summer had become a cult classic?

Here’s the thing: I predicted it was going be a cult classic when we were making it, and I couldn’t believe it when no one saw it at the time. I was just like, Wow, we had such a great time making it! At Sundance there was a bidding war over a movie called Super Troopers by [comedy group] Broken Lizard, which eclipsed us. People thought, “Oh, this is the same type of thing. The State [an MTV sketch show that featured many Wet Hot actors] people have put out a movie, and here’s Broken Lizard—let’s go with Broken Lizard.” Then years went by, and I started noticing that much younger people at the street level and at stand-up shows would come up to me quoting lines from it. It just built and built and built from there. I started noticing that around seven years ago.

Is that the role people approach you about the most? I personally associate you most with Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.

That actually is a biggie. And that happened late—much later, with younger people and especially in the LGBT community. I don’t want to make a sweeping generalization, but it seems that the number of people who are gay who have mentioned it far outnumbers the hetero community. Does that sound okay to say that?

Totally. That movie was always on TV when I was growing up, but I see it: the fantasy of wowing everybody at your reunion after feeling like an outsider for so long probably resonates with a lot of young queer people.

Right, and there’s a camp quality to the comedy of it. That was another one I thought was going to be much bigger when it was released and then has grown. You could say that with a lot of movies, now that people can see things multiple times. When I was growing up, you saw the movie the one time when it was in the theater. Now you can see things 850 million times anytime you want, and new generations are seeing them. That’s really nice. I’m always happy when people like certain things that I like.

Would this prequel series not have been made if it weren’t for the opportunities of streaming outlets like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon?

Presumably! I’m assuming that’s the case because with new avenues there needs to be content on these avenues. More importantly, it wouldn’t have happened if the popularity of the movie itself hadn’t grown. I don’t think Netflix would be like, “Let’s show this thing that was not seen by that many people!” But they had the unbelievable good fortune of Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd becoming enormously successful.

What’s that like for you, watching Bradley Cooper become the Bradley Cooper we know today? Or seeing Paul Rudd become a Marvel superhero?

Well, I thought Paul Rudd was really famous, to tell you the truth, because I was familiar with Paul Rudd in lots of stuff prior to that. We had done a movie called 200 Cigarettes before, but also from Clueless, so I was under the impression that Paul Rudd was already a huge star. Then he became even huger! But the careers that Elizabeth and Bradley and Amy have, like, .55 percent of the SAG-AFTRA union gets to enjoy. And to have that many in one movie! I think it’s thrilling. It couldn’t have happened to nicer and more deserving people. Bradley is a fantastic guy and an extremely talented guy and works really hard, as does Amy. Their work ethics are ridiculous.

Streaming outlets have gotten praise for showing the kinds of characters and stories viewers wouldn’t otherwise see on TV. As someone who’s talked about the limited opportunities available for an actress at your age, are you starting to feel the impact of that?

I hope. With new avenues of course there are going to come new roles. The thing is, though, you’ve got to be lucky enough to have access to even those. There’s still this insatiable hunger for using “names.” There’s still a little bit of the double standard, female-versus-male: “We would prefer the women were younger and better looking.” Men have more latitude. I would say it’s still harder for people of color and people in the LGBTQ community. I think that’s a real tough one to break.

Have you seen Amy Schumer’s “Last F-ckable Day” sketch with Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and—

Yes, yes, and Patty Arquette? You know what’s so funny about that? I feel the same way idol-wise. When I saw them sitting at the table, I was like, “Oh my God!” Patricia Arquette has been one of my idols for years. She’s younger than me. Not only is she adorable, she’s such an interesting, emotional, intuitive actor. When Amy walked through the woods and saw those three there I was like, “Oh, I feel the same way!” To come upon that in the woods, I would have the same wonder and delight that Amy Schumer did. But to me the Amy Schumer thing that I think was amazing was the Twelve Angry Men remake. It’s so good, so well done and so funny.

You’ve said that you were drunk 90 percent of the time while filming the first movie and that there was a lot of bed-hopping among the cast. What was the vibe like this time around? I know you quit drinking a while ago.

It was the opposite of that! First of all, everybody’s much older. Almost everybody else—I don’t—had children. They lived in L.A. while we were shooting, whereas last time we were in Pennsylvania and stayed at the site in the camp the entire time. So you had a bunch of younger people who were not with child and still drinking heavily and having the time of their lives. This time, even though it was very fun, you had people who were sober, commuting to work, with families and not bed-hopping. Now, whatever the younger cast was doing I have no idea. They are a bit too young to probably be partaking in anything, and their parents were there. This was very professional. Very enjoyable, but completely different.

How did you capture the spirit of making the original then?

Well, we all know each other, and we all enjoy working with each other. So that was totally fine. I was there the whole time because my part is sprinkled throughout and I don’t need to fly back and forth. I don’t have a family here [in New York], so I’m like, “Just put me at a hotel, and I’m fine!” Every once in a while some of the other New York people would be there, and we would go to Gelson’s. That was our big night: we’d go to Gelson’s, or sometimes people would sit outside and watch me smoke cigarettes in the parking lot, and that was great. I love that kind of stuff when you’re at the same hotel at night, but it was just as enjoyable during the day being at Calamigos Ranch.

And it was great meeting the new cast that came: Jon Hamm I had met before, but Weird Al Yankovic, Kristen Wiig, Josh Charles—all those people brought in a new fun thing. It was just constantly enjoyable. And Michael Cera and Jason Schwartzman were great and funny, so I felt like it was different but no less enjoyable. I was also not drunk and hungover a lot of the time—actually, I was so happy, I didn’t get hungover that bad back then. When I got older, that’s when it got me.

Does making something for Netflix feel any different on set?

To me it felt like the same thing. It’s still shooting. The difference is [writers] Michael [Showalter] and David [Wain] have directed a million things since their first thing, the original movie. You had them trying to make a movie when they had not done that before, and now they’ve directed a whole bunch of things, so there was an ease to that this time. They also had a machine behind them and an infrastructure that did not exist for them last time, so it was probably much less stressful for them. And it didn’t rain every single day like it did last time.

Oh really?

Yeah, I think it rained 20 days out of the 22 day shoot of Wet Hot. It was just a mud bath. It wouldn’t rain all day every day but it would rain at some point every single day. As you know in California with the drought, that was not the case.

As someone who is known for her politics as well as her comedy, do you think that the 2016 election is going to supply comedians with good material?

I think [for] all comedians who discuss politics and culture in that way, there’s always something to discuss. The problem is when it becomes too tragic, when certain right-wing nonsense is actually culturally criminal: the anti-immigrant stuff, the Donald Trump nonsense. Yes, we can laugh at Donald Trump, but it is just absurd. First of all, you can’t parody it. You cannot parody Donald Trump. Or Michele Bachmann, or the nonsense a lot of the Tea Partiers say, or Lindsey Graham or Mitch McConnell. Or any of Fox News—their deliberate misinformation campaign and their pandering to the base by being racist, anti-immigrant, misogynistic. None of that stuff is funny to me. It hurts me, and it should be something everyone is concerned about. When prideful ignorance and homophobia and misogyny and xenophobia become accepted politic rhetoric, that’s not funny to me.

The Huffington Post recently announced that it’s putting Donald Trump coverage in the entertainment section instead of the politics section.

I can’t speak for everybody, but I find some of these things just tragic and painful to absorb and not helpful to us as a society. Those that are ignorant, racist, misogynistic, homophobic—it empowers them when they have figureheads to rally around, when the mainstream media treats it like it’s actually news. People like Donald Trump should be either ignored, or put purely in entertainment and satire coverage, as opposed to legitimate news coverage. That’s my opinion. Because it really does prevent us as a society from evolving and becoming more enlightened when these things are just put out there like it’s a side or an issue. It’s painful to me, and hard for me to laugh at it.

What do you think about the political correctness debate that’s been happening in comedy right now?

Oh, that’s always going on. That’s not new. Actually I call political correctness “manners.” If someone wishes to be referred to as African-American or Latina or transgender or whatever it is, that is respectful. That’s not the “P.C. Police” or “fascist.” That’s called manners. It’s called emotional intelligence. And also, if something is funny, it’s funny. And if a smart person, an enlightened person is doing comedy which has elements that point out racism, misogyny, all that stuff—that’s fine. If it’s a dumb-ass doing it, where you don’t see the ridiculousness of it or the irony of it, there’s no value to it. I don’t know if I’m articulating this correctly.

I get what you’re saying—punching up, doing it with a purpose.

Yeah, yeah. It’s not wrong to respect people’s wishes to not be marginalized, mocked, stereotyped as we move on and on into the new millennium. I feel that’s correct to respect these things.

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