TIME movies

‘Star Wars’ Will Take Over IMAX Screens for a Month

Fans can see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the biggest screen everywhere

Star Wars fans have another big reason to get excited for the latest installment.

The upcoming sequel, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will be in every IMAX screen in North America and in most other countries for the first month of its release. The film is set to come out on Dec. 18.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest Star Wars film is expected to open on around 375 to 400 Imax screens domestically and on over 400 screens in foreign countries.

This is not the first time all IMAX screens have been reserved for a single film. THR reports that a similar scenario occurred for the Hobbit movies.

[THR]

TIME Business

This New Ad Will Get Anyone Excited for Star Wars

Nostalgia alert

A new ad from Target is a celebration of Star Wars fandom, featuring little boys and girls dressed up like Han Solo, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and battling older relatives with lightsabers — all while John Williams’ classic Star Wars theme plays in the background. The two-minute spot is a promotion for new Star Wars merchandise hitting shelves on September 4 — also known as “Force Friday” — to gear up for the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18.

Watching the promotion is a total nostalgia trip that will make Star Wars fans feel like the force is with them all over again. And the retailer hopes that fans who feel this way will channel that energy into submitting their favorite memories about the films on its website.

TIME Television

A Sons of Anarchy Spin-Off Is in the Works

SONS OF ANARCHY -- "Red Rose" -- Episode 712 -- Airs Tuesday, December 2, 10:00 pm e/p) -- Pictured: (L-R) Kim Coates as Tig Trager, Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller, Tommy Flanagan as Chibs Telford. CR: Byron Cohen/FX
FX From left to right: Kim Coates as Tig Trager, Charlie Hunnam as Jax Teller, Tommy Flanagan as Chibs Telford in Sons of Anarchy

It will focus on another gang in the hit FX show's universe

The sun hasn’t set on the Sons of Anarchy universe just yet—creator Kurt Sutter is in the early stages of developing a spin-off to FX’s most popular show in the network’s history.

Not much is known about the series, Entertainment Weekly reports, other than that it will focus on the Mayans, an Oakland-based, Mexican-American gang that appeared in the original series.

Sutter, who will executive produce the project, had teased the idea of a prequel series at Comic-Con in July, but it’s not yet known whether the spin-off will exist on that timeline. He didn’t say much in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, only that he was looking for a writer to lead the project.

[EW]

 

 

 

TIME viral

This Harry Potter Video Will Either Haunt Your Dreams or Make You Laugh

Move over Voldemort

There is no end to Harry Potter. The Boy Who Lived has been made immortal by the Internet — except this time fans might be seeing him in an entirely different light. YouTube comedian BloodBlitz cut scenes from the Potter movies together with eerie music and leading voiceovers to paint Harry as the villain of the series. It even makes it seem like Expecto Patronum is as dangerous as Avada Kedavra.

It’s really quite hard to look at Daniel Radcliffe’s innocent face and think of him as “The Boy Who Kills,” as the video claims. What’ll make you laugh even harder is how innocent Malfoy seems.

TIME movies

Review: Alex Gibney’s Documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine Pulls Back the Curtain

Steve Jobs at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 in San Francisco on June 6, 2011.
David Paul Morris—Bloomberg/Getty Images Steve Jobs at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2011 in San Francisco on June 6, 2011.

Though the film doesn't break much news, it's still a satisfyingly deep dive into the life of the late Apple CEO

The ultra-prolific documentary maker Alex Gibney swings at cultural and political icons like they’re piñatas at a lawn party. Some of his smack-downs are painful than others (i.e. the Oscar-winning Taxi to the Dark Side and its indictment of a morally bankrupt military); some are the proverbial fish in the barrel (Lance Armstrong). But despite his slugging percentage and apparent taste for trouble—one of his other movies ​this year ​is about the Church of Scientology (Going Clear)—Gibney knew he was up against something entirely different with his latest subject. A sacred iCow, if you will.

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which opens in theaters Sept. 4, begins with the Apple founder’s cancer death in 2011. Crowds of mourners, across various international cities, are shown holding up videos of votive candles on their iPads (the disconnect between image and reality being the film’s key theme). On ABC, Diane Sawyer sighs that the passing of Steve Jobs marks one of those moments, “when the whole planet seems to feel a loss together.” On line, Apple-ites are properly stricken. “He made the iMac,” one pre-pubescent techie tells his screen. “He made the MacBook. He made the MacBook Pro. He made the MacBook Air. He made the iPhone … He made everything.”

Well, not quite, as anyone familiar with the Jobs story already knows. But there was, Gibney says, an inseparable association made in the public mind between the machines themselves, and man who made them—perhaps through some manner of sorcery.

Gibney makes the strategically savvy move of injecting himself into his movie, albeit marginally. He admits he loves his iPhone. At the same time, he says that the paralyzing grief felt by some Jobs devotees left him “mystified”—especially since Jobs himself could be so routinely “ruthless, deceitful, and cruel.” Gibney then catalogues just how ruthless deceitful and cruel Jobs could be, in the process scrutinizing Jobs’ virtuosic gift for manipulating minds, media, and, of course, his own image—and creating a parable of power for its own sake.

The “original sin” of Apple, says Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, was the deal over Breakout, a game Wozniak developed and which Jobs then took to Bushnell, who offered Jobs a job. Wozniak was unaware that Bushnell had paid Jobs $5,000 for the work; Jobs told Wozniak they’d gotten $700 and gave his pal $350.

The Breakout deal is not, on its own, a crime of epic proportions, but it’s symptomatic of what Gibney finds fascinating/repellent about his subject—a willingness, even a compulsion, to cheat people even when it gained him next to nothing. He denied Daniel Kottke, one of the earliest members of the Macintosh team, any stock in Apple, for no apparent reason. Bob Belleville, a man seemingly traumatized by his time at Apple, says Jobs was always either “seducing you, vilifying you, or ignoring you.” Much later, ​after Jobs had made his enormous fortune, he faced SEC charges over the back-dating of stock options, an episode for which several longtime employees were thrown under the bus, while the Teflon techie himself remained legally unscathed.

Gibney’s film, for all his spelunking into the life of his subject, isn’t perfect: He never got to some of the people he no doubt wanted to, like Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell, or Tim Cook, the man now in charge of Apple, or Wozniak (seen in archival footage) or any of Jobs’ competitors. Little that anyone might have said or not is more damning than Jobs’ history with his daughter, Lisa Brennan, the child Jobs denied was his until a paternity test proved otherwise. Jobs himself was adopted, making the whole episode—the then-wealthy Jobs begrudgingly paid his ex, Chrissane Brennan (who appears in the film), $500 a month in child support—both repugnant and strange.

Very little of it is news, though, especially to those who might have read Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography, or even those who saw Jobs, the 2013 movie with Ashton Kutcher, a film that went into much more detail than Gibney does regarding Jobs’ tenure at Apple, his departure, his return, his bringing the company back from the dead and his relationships with the likes of John Sculley, the onetime Apple CEO and Jobs’ bête noire.

The Man in the Machine is more interested in the man than the machine. Or its manufacture. And while Gibney never quite puts it into words, his depiction of Jobs as artistic poseur is the really damning part of the story, the part that reduces Jobs to pathos, far more so than all the collected facts about his business chicanery and interpersonal malfunctions. Jobs made many trips to Japan and India as part of his supposed quest for spiritual enlightenment—something he once claim to have attained, at least to his skeptical guru, Kobu Chino Otogawa. He orchestrated those massive “Think Different” ad campaigns, which co-opted the images of truly great humanitarians such Gandhi, Einstein and Martin Luther King, and artists like Picasso, John Lennon and Jobs’ personal hero Bob Dylan, into tacit endorsements of Apple. In one instance, we hear Jobs claiming that the people who worked for him on the various Macs were the people who, in another era, “would have been painters and poets” but instead they were working on hardware, because that was the world we lived in now, and that’s how Steve Jobs wanted to see it.

As rendered by Gibney, Steve Jobs wanted nothing more than to be an artist, and he succeeded—but only in a world where marketing and hucksterism can be considered art. We may, in fact, live in that world. And if so, Gibney says, we have Steve Jobs to thank.

TIME Television

Here’s Your First Official Look at Lady Gaga in American Horror Story

Michael Avedon for Entertainment Weekly

The pop singer is letting her freak flag fly once again

We’ve seen her sparkly glove and some unofficial set footage, but now American Horror Story fans are getting their first real look at Lady Gaga’s character in the show’s upcoming fifth season, Hotel.

The pop star covers the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, which offers new details about her character Countess Elizabeth, a blood-drinking socialite involved in a steamy love triangle. Gaga—no stranger to the weird and macabre—also tells the magazine about what it’s like indulging her freaky side following a period of relative normalcy in her career.

“I’ve just been weeping while I’m here because I have returned to something I’ve believed in so much, which is the art of darkness,” she says. “It’s not something that everyone understands, but, for the people that do—Horror Story fans, my fans—there is a true connection between us, and it’s a language within itself.”

[EW]

TIME movies

Try Not to Freak Out But Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence Are Writing a Screenplay

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Albert L. Ortega, Vittorio Zunino Celotto—Getty Images Actress Jennifer Lawrence of X-Men: Apocalypse speaks onstage at the 20th Century FOX panel during Comic-Con International 2015 in San Diego on July 11, 2015. Actress Amy Schumer attends the Trainwreck photocall on Aug. 8, 2015 in Locarno, Switzerland.

"Amy and I were creatively made for each other," Lawrence said

Two of Hollywood’s funniest leading ladies are taking their friendship to the next level. While discussing the final Hunger Games installment with the New York Times, Lawrence revealed she and Amy Schumer were almost done writing a movie in which they plan to play sisters.

“Amy and I were creatively made for each other,” Lawrence said. “We have different flavors. It’s been the most fun experience of my life. We start the day off on the phone, laughing. And then we send each other pages. And we crack up. I’m flying out tomorrow to see her in Chicago.”

The pair met a few months ago after Lawrence saw Schumer’s film and contacted her. “I emailed her after I saw Trainwreck and said, ‘I don’t know where to get started. I guess I should just say it: I’m in love with you,’” Lawrence recalled. “We started emailing, and then emailing turned to texting.”

And if you’re wondering, Schumer’s texts are as funny as her comedy: “I wrote, ‘I just spilled the beans to The New York Times. Is that O.K.?’” Lawrence said. “And Amy wrote back, ‘That you’re gay? Totally! It’s exciting!’”

[New York Times]

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

TIME Retail

Disney Is Planning a Mega Event to Unveil the New Star Wars Toys

May the Force Friday be with you

To ensure the marketing force is strong with the much-awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney is holding what it calls the world’s first-ever “global live toy unboxing event” on Sept. 4.

The livestreamed event will last over 18 hours, during which time Disney will display a new suite of Star Wars toys in an event dubbed “Force Friday.” It will start off in Sydney on Sept. 3 at 7:45 a.m. local time before rolling through other cities, each the site of the unboxing of a new Star Wars toy by popular toy unboxers, gamers and hardcore fans.

The entire launch schedule can be viewed on Disney’s website.

“Star Wars toys have always played an important role in how our fans interact with the Saga,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy said in a company statement. “They’ve inspired multiple generations to relive the experience of the movies and to create new adventures all their own. These spectacular Star Wars: The Force Awakens products will continue that tradition.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to be one of the biggest movies of all time, with analysts and industry experts estimating the film could earn as much as $3 billion from the global box office, which would top Avatar as the highest-grossing movie ever. Merchandise sales from toys and apparel linked to the film could also reach $3 billion annually.

The movie will be released in U.S. theaters on Dec. 18.

TIME Theater

Here’s What Benedict Cumberbatch’s Mom Had To Say About Her Son’s Hamlet Performance

The London production of Hamlet has been a runaway box office success

The critics may have had mixed reviews of the new production of Hamlet starring Benedict Cumberbatch, but the actor’s mother gave no doubt that she was a fan of her son’s performance, saying her son was “a bloody good Hamlet.”

“He was quite lively growing up, but I thought that was phenomenal,” Cumberbatch’s mother Wanda Ventham told the Guardian. She urged critics to declare her son, “a bloody good Hamlet.”

The London production of the Shakespeare classic has been a runaway box office success, at least in part due to the fame surrounding Cumberbatch. Still, the production opened to mixed reviews earlier this month.

[Guardian]

TIME Music

Taylor Swift’s Special Guests Club Adds John Legend, St. Vincent and Beck

The list keeps growing

Taylor Swift’s parade of special guests on her 1989 World Tour is pretty genius marketing—few pop stars can make every single night of their tour a news event—but the magic words “Please welcome to the stage…” don’t get any less magical just because they’ve been parodied. The first three of Swift’s Los Angeles shows featured some of her tour’s biggest names—Mary J. Blige, Alanis Morisette and…Joey from Friends?—and Tuesday night’s fourth show added three more: John Legend, Beck and St. Vincent.

Legend joined Swift on stage for a duet performance of his hit ballad “All Me,” a surprise that came together last minute. “I found out John and Chrissy were coming thirty minutes before I went on and called Chrissy and asked her if John would perform,” Swift explained. Earlier in the evening, the “Bad Blood” star brought out Beck for a version of his song “Dreams” with St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, on guitar. In addition to making TIME’s list of the best albums of 2014 with her her self-titled record, St. Vincent has also dated supermodel and Paper Towns actress Cara Delevingne, a noted member of the Taylor Swift #squad. See the clips below:

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