TIME Television

Netflix Renews Grace and Frankie for a Second Season, Possibly Thanks to Miley Cyrus

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.
Eric Charbonneau—Invision for Netflix/AP Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.

The second season will land in 2016

No, Miley Cyrus does not make programming decisions for Netflix, but her influence should never be underestimated. Variety confirmed Wednesday that Grace and Frankie, the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as enemies who find solidarity when their husbands leave them for each other, will live to see a second season. And the show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman is thanking Cyrus for doing her part.

“Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” Kauffman said in a statement. “Because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a season two.’”

The show has been praised for creating leading roles for women over 70 in an industry that’s frequently wont to do so, as well as for its normalization of same-sex marriage. Miley Cyrus would likely agree on all counts.

TIME Music

Listen to Disclosure’s Soulful New Dance Track ‘Holding On’

The song is the first single off the duo's forthcoming second album

Disclosure’s new single “Holding On” was nearly a piano ballad. But countless club-going danceaholics will surely be thankful that Howard and Guy Lawrence, the brothers that make up Disclosure, changed course along the way. What they’ve churned out instead is a soulful, thumping dance track that leans heavily on the smooth vocals of Grammy-winning jazz singer Gregory Porter.

It’s a sophisticated romp with ‘90s-throwback vibes and a welcome thwarting of tradition by Porter, who can usually be heard lending his voice to more genre-adhering jazz numbers.

Disclosure plans to release its sophomore album, a follow-up to its 2013 debut Settle, this year. The duo has collaborated with big names in the past, from Sam Smith to Mary J. Blige; “Holding On” appears to be the first of a new crop of songs featuring talented guests.

TIME Video Games

Splatoon Is the Best Game Nintendo’s Made in Years

Nintendo

The iconic Japanese developer rolls out another brilliant first-party game that's unlike any other

How goofy was the elevator pitch for Nintendo’s Wii U team shooter Splatoon? Play as a head-tentacled, paintgun schlepping biped that can morph into a turbo squid? Zip around multiplex obstacle courses, squaring off against fellow ink-spuming cephalopods while spraying viscous goo to brand your turf? Grind on gloop-splashed rails like a madcap Tony Hawk/Jackson Pollock mashup?

Too weird to succeed? I hope not, because with all due respect to rethinks like last year’s Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, I haven’t played a Nintendo game this gonzo and flat out fun in years.

Here’s how it works: Two squads of four players (not platoons, though that’s what inspired the catchy portmanteau) battle in skatepark-inspired arenas, outfitted with ink-spewing gadgetry and one imperative, to cover as much of the area’s ground space with your team’s color as possible before time runs out. The controls are simple: pick up the Wii U’s tablet controller, thumbstick in the direction you want to move, and swivel the tablet in the one you want to shoot.

You can ink over already saturated areas and take out enemies by assaulting them with your weapon, but don’t look for kill counts or headshot tallies, because Splatoon is about maximum coverage, not carnage—an anti-sanguine splatter-fest, and a graffiti vandal’s dream come true. And it only sounds shambolic. There’s a deep tactical shooter lurking beneath all that polychromatic spatter.

Before you’ve so much as glimpsed the leveling and gear grind, you’ll have to grapple with Splatoon‘s funky shapeshifting tactic, either firing paint slugs as a slow-moving bipedal Inkling, or holding a button to insta-morph into a squid. In squid mode, you can dart across ink-glazed surfaces, moving twice as fast while recharging your dwindling ink supply. Swim into enemy ink, of course, and you’ll slither to a stop, opening yourself up to enemy fire.

Splatoon builds on its ink-traversal idea by letting you craft “roads” through enemy lines, or swim up otherwise unclimbable platforms. What if Tony Hawk had to lay pipe to get anywhere? It’s a smart, often pivotal incentive to fashion shortcuts, take out snipers, cut through enemy-covered terrain, or get somewhere high fast to maximize your ink-spatter-to-surface-area ratio (the further ink falls, the more area its soaks). Think an extreme sports game meets a jet ski racer meets a coloring book.

The possibilities snowball when you factor all the gear abilities (dozens of speed, damage and stealth perks associated with headwear, shirts and shoes) and special weapons (bombs, mines, ink-tornado-flinging bazookas, mongo paint-rollers) that you can buy from shops with cash earned by leveling up in online matches. But it’s also beginner-friendly: The game keeps special weapons in check by requiring you ink so much ground before they unlock, then limits how long they’re usable. And a helpful “super jump” does away with lonely re-spawns (at your base, after someone takes you out) by letting you touch a teammate’s icon on the Wii U GamePad’s screen and rocket across the map to wherever they’re currently battle-painting.

Don’t let how insane any of that sounds put you off playing. It’s not how Splatoon feels in action, whether inking some quiet corner, or in a duel with a higher level opponent. Low level players can routinely steamroll high level ones, because Splatoon‘s basic maneuvers work as a kind of competitive equalizer. I’m not talking about luck, or something like Mario Kart‘s blue shell, where there’s an ultimate rock that can crush someone else’s scissor, just that Nintendo’s designed the game so that how you play—your “play style,” as the company puts it in the manual—often trumps what you’re playing with.

I do wish Splatoon had an offline bot mode so you could practice when the matchmaking service peters out (you can “recon” levels solo, but that’s it). And the game definitely needs an option to cancel while waiting for an online match to start. As it is, once you’ve agreed to join, Nintendo locks you to a timeout while searching for matches (the clever little Doodle Jump-inspired game you can play on the Wii U GamePad is amusing but poor compensation). It’s there to help seed the game’s online pool, but having to flip the Wii U’s power switch to kill the process when real life intervenes is plain unfriendly.

I wasn’t able to try the Battle Dojo, a 1-on-1 mode where you and another player in the same room compete by shooting ink at balloons. And I’ve only dabbled with the offline story mode, though it’s so far classic Nintendo: platform through linear levels with ink-related conundrums, then battle cunningly designed bosses (think Shadow of the Colossus‘s enemy-climbing angle, only with ink). It’s as cutesy and goofball and clearly designed to fit within Nintendo’s family of future-looking franchises as you’d expect of a new IP as heavily marketed as this one’s been.

But those activities feel like distractions from Splatoon‘s triumphant team-play mode, the game’s heart and soul, and the reason a guy like me, no fan of competitive online shooters, can’t stop playing the darned thing. There’s nothing else quite like it, nor the cathartic dopamine jolt to be had when you squid-skim up a paint-smeared quarter pipe, an Inkzooka at the ready, leap over the edge, take aim with your weapon, and reduce a startled opponent to goo.

5 out of 5

Reviewed on Wii U

TIME Television

Watch Amy Schumer Defend Bill Cosby in the Court of Public Approval

'We deserve to dance like no one's watching and watch like no one's raping'

Comedian Amy Schumer put the numerous rape allegations against Bill Cosby into perspective in a blistering takedown sketch on her show Inside Amy Schumer.

In the sketch, Schumer defends Cosby in the court of public opinion and faces off against a prosecutor armed with mounds of facts and witness statements. Evidence aside, Schumer wins the support of the judge and jury with distractions like cake and free sweaters. At the end of the day, she argues jokingly, the public should ignore the Cosby allegations because they don’t feel good.

“If convicted, the next time you put on a rerun of The Cosby Show you may wince a little, you might feel a little pang,” she says. “We don’t deserve to feel that pang. We deserve to dance like no one’s watching and watch like no one’s raping.”

TIME movies

Azealia Banks to Make Film Debut as Star of Coco

Azealia Banks performs in concert at Irving Plaza on May 11, 2015, in New York.
Robert Altman—Invision/AP Azealia Banks performs in concert at Irving Plaza on May 11, 2015, in New York.

The movie will be directed by RZA

Azealia Banks is ready for her first, non-black-and-white-YouTube close-up. The hip-hop artist has been cast as the titular lead character in Coco, an upcoming film directed by Renaissance man and Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA, EW confirmed. The Lionsgate project also added Common, Jill Scott, Lucien Laviscount, and Hana Mae Lee to the movie.

Coco (Banks) is an up-and-coming artist whose imminent record deal falls apart. Upon heading back to college, she digs into a previously undiscovered love: slam poetry. Maybe it’ll align with the release of Banks’ second major-label record, slated for a 2016 release.

RZA has one directorial credit to date: The Man with the Iron Fists. He directs Nicole Asher’s screenplay for Coco. Paul Hall will serve as producer.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Television

X-Files Star David Duchovny Says He Cried When He Read New Script

David Duchovny at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 11, 2015.
Andrew Toth/FilmMagic/Getty Images David Duchovny at Radio City Music Hall in New York on May 11, 2015.

The show will be back as a miniseries next January

X-Files returns next January after more than a decade off the air, and star David Duchovny says the new script is “fantastic.”

Duchovny, who starred on the original show from 1993 to 2002, described its relaunch as an emotional experience, according to an interview in Entertainment Weekly. “I got the first script this morning,” he told EW. “I just read it about an hour ago and I started crying reading the first page.”

The X-Files revival will run as a six-episode miniseries on Fox.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly.

TIME Television

19 Kids and Counting Loses Advertisers Following Josh Duggar Scandal

General Mills, Walgreens and other companies have pulled their ads

Advertisers are decamping from 19 Kids and Counting days after star Josh Duggar admitted to molesting several underage girls 12 years ago.

Choice Hotels International disclosed Tuesday morning that it has decided to pull advertising from all future episodes of the reality show. Payless ShoeSource also revealed Tuesday that it is in the process of removing its ads from the program.

A General Mills spokesperson confirmed that the company has removed 19 Kids and Counting from its current advertising schedule. As of Tuesday morning, Walgreens said they planned to “monitor the situation,” according to it’s official Facebook page. However, a spokesperson for the chain said late Tuesday that “in the wake of recent news, we are no longer advertising on the 19 Kids and Counting program.”

TLC announced Friday that the network was yanking the long-running reality show from its schedule. “Effective immediately, TLC has pulled all episodes of 19 Kids and Counting currently from the air. We are deeply saddened and troubled by this heartbreaking situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and victims at this difficult time,” the network said in a statement. TLC has not commented further on the situation.

News of Duggar’s past actions surfaced Thursday and the 27-year-old, who is now married with three children, immediately issued a statement apologizing. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret,” he said. “I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation.”

According to a 2006 police report published by In Touch, his parents reported the incidents to the police but charges were never filed.

In addition to his statement, the eldest son of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar resigned his position as a lobbyist with the Family Research Council (FRC), an organization dedicated to preserving family values in America.

It remains to be seen if TLC will take further action against 19 Kids and Counting, which has been on the air since 2008 and is currently in its 15th season. In October, the network canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo shortly after allegations surfaced about a romantic relationship between series matriarch June “Mama June” Shannon and a man convicted of child molestation.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Read Game of Thrones Star Lena Headey’s Powerful Message to Her Daughter

Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is expecting a baby daughter this summer, and she shared the good news in a total girl power move: by penning a feminist essay.

Headey, 41, wrote a guest post for Plan International USA on May 20, asking for donations to the Because I Am a Girl Safe Future project, which aims to support young women in Egypt and give them the same rights and privileges of people in more developed nations.

“I am having a baby girl in six weeks. You have all been so lovely in your message to me, and I thank you for that,” she said.

“My daughter will have freedom of choice. She will be free to dance, to sing, to be educated in the fields that spark her passion, to marry if she wants, to marry WHO she wants, to remain single, or to fall in love with another woman. She’ll be able to wear what she wants, put on lipstick, and read books that spark debate and expand her mind.”

“She will be loved, protected, respected, and celebrated,” the actress continued. “All these things that should be, and will be, basic human rights, are a promise to my daughter. My humble request is that you give what you can and maybe — just maybe — we can bring about the change we all wish to see.”

Headey, who plays the manipulative Queen Cersei who will do anything to protect her children on the HBO drama, announced her pregnancy in February. She is already mom to son Wylie, 5, with ex-husband Peter Loughran, a musician.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME Television

ABC Would Hire Amy Schumer for The Bachelorette

UPDATE: ABC’s head of alternative programming, Robert Mills, tweeted on Tuesday that he would love to have Amy Schumer appear on the next season of The Bachelorette.

EARLIER: Last season on The Bachelor, Jimmy Kimmel stopped by to plan a date to Costco for Chris Soules and Kaitlyn Bristowe. And one season later on The Bachelorette, Kaitlyn has swapped Kimmel for Amy Schumer and Costco for a comedy club.

During Monday night’s Bachelorette, Schumer made the world fall even more in love with her as she helped the guys prepare for a night of stand-up comedy. Specifically, she helped to knock JJ, the house jerk, off his high horse by explaining that his jokes weren’t funny and he’s not smarter than everyone else.

It was that moment—paired with Schumer calling JJ a “turd”—that made Twitter take action. When People rounded up tweets surrounding that moment, there were two prevailing thoughts: Either have Schumer do weekly commentary for the show or have her be the next Bachelorette. (Even Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss got in on the action.)

For more, head over to People.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME movies

Watch the First Trailer for the Point Break Remake

Johnny Utah is back in action.

The first trailer for the upcoming Point Break remake highlights the new twist on the 1991 film, which stars Luke Bracey as FBI Agent Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves in the original film) and Edgar Ramirez as Bodhi (Patrick Swayze in the original).

“Like me, the people behind these robberies are extreme athletes,” Utah says in the trailer, as he describes a group of criminals led by Bodhi. To stop them, he must become one of them.

“I’ve never worked so hard on anything in my life as for the preparation and filming of this movie,” Bracey told The Hollywood Reporter last August, in the midst of the shoot. “I am giving it everything I’ve got. It’s a five-month shoot. I’m going to leave nothing on the path, and when I get to the end of it, I’ve got to be able to look myself in the mirror and know that I gave it everything I’ve got.”

Kurt Wimmer directed the film for Warner Bros., which will release Point Break on Dec. 25.

This article originally appeared on Hollywoodreporter.com

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