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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]

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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.

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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.


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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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Alison Brie and Dave Franco Are Engaged

Dave Franco and Alison Brie are tying the knot!

Franco and the 32-year-old Mad Men star are now engaged after more than three years of dating.

The news was first reported by E! Online, and a rep for Brie confirmed the engagement to PEOPLE.

On Monday night, Brie sported her (sizeable) engagement ring at a screening of her new movie Sleeping With Other People.

PEOPLE has also exclusively confirmed that Brie’s sparkler is the work of Southern California jewelry designer Irene Neuwirth. It’s a one-of-a-kind rose gold ring set with a rose-cut diamond and a diamond pave.

Dave’s brother James later took to Instagram to congratulate the happy couple, posting a sweet photo of the two, along with the caption “Congrats Davy and Allison!!! engaged!!! I WUUUUUV YOU.”

In the film, slated for a Sept. 11 release, Brie plays Lainey, a serial cheater who tries to maintain a platonic relationship with her womanizing friend Jake, played by Jason Sudeikis.

It seems Brie has no commitment issues off of the big screen, though. She and Franco, 30, have reportedly been dating since early 2012, although they have generally kept their relationship private.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME Nevada

New Sheriff Overseeing Burning Man to Crack Down on Naked Rule-Breakers

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Andy Barron—AP Participants walk through dust at the annual Burning Man event in the Black Rock Desert of Gerlach, Nev., on Aug. 29, 2014.

The weeklong event in Nevada draws thousands of people — and their drugs

A new Nevada sheriff tasked with overseeing the upcoming Burning Man festival plans to crack down on the annual desert debauchery.

Jerry Allen, 39, who was elected Pershing County Sheriff in January, said he plans to tighten law enforcement for the tens of thousands of festival-goers journeying to the remote Black Rock Desert next week for the annual event, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported on Tuesday.

In recent years, many attendees at the weeklong event — where nudity is the norm, drugs flow as if on tap and orgies litter the desert — have not been charged for crimes like marijuana possession, according to federal reports on the event, but the new sheriff in town said he has a tougher police protocol in mind.

We don’t have the personnel to issue citations to 70,000 naked people on the playa, but we will be upholding the law to the best of our ability,” Allen said. He added that Burning Man “brings nothing … except for heartache” to the conservative, rural county.

Burning Man organizers said they remain optimistic because the low number of arrests in years past suggest more festival-goers are abiding by the law.

“We’ve been working with [Allen] since his election, and he’s been involved with all of the large coordination efforts,” said Burning Man spokesman Jim Graham. “It’s an ongoing process on education, but he hasn’t been out there for a few years, so he hasn’t seen the progress we’ve made in recent years.”

Burning Man will take place from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7.

[Reno Gazette-Journal]

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Rent is Returning to New York to Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary


It will return for four days in September

Two decades ago, Jonathan Larson introduced theatergoers to Rent, and one movie and off-Broadway revival later, fans are still living “La Vie Boheme.”

In honor of Rent’s 20th anniversary, Long Island City’s Secret Theatre will host a four-day run of the musical from Sept. 23-27. Playbillreports Nick Brennan will direct Secret Theatre’s production, starring Dan Rosenbaum as Roger, Nina Negron as Mimi, Bernard Holcomb as Collins, Mia Johnson as Joanne, Anthony Wright as Angel, Lindsay Lavin as Maureen and André Revels as Benny.

Since Rent lovers picked “No Day But Today” to buy tickets, they’ve already sold out. But fans can still get their Roger and Mimi fix at Staten Island’s Harbor Lights Theater Company staging of the show from Sept. 18-Oct. 20. The off-Broadway productions comes just a few months before the 20th anniversary of Rent’s original New York debut in January 1996 (it moved to Broadway four months later).

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME movies

Watch the Star Trek Beyond Cast’s Touching Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

"Live long and prosper"

The cast and crew of the next Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, is remembering the late Leonard Nimoy and supporting a cause close to the late actor’s heart.

Zachary Quinto, who stepped into Nimoy’s shoes (and ears) as Spock, leads the video tribute, remembering him as “an actor, a champion of the arts, and a true inspiration to so many.”

“Through his legendary portrayal of Spock, he influenced countless scientists and artists — myself and the rest of the cast included,” Quinto added.

The video, which shows Nimoy with Quinto and other members of the cast and crew, is part of the Omaze campaign highlighting nine different charities chosen by the Star Trek Beyond stars — including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an organization Nimoy was passionate about.

Watch the cast pay homage (and give him a Vulcan salute) in the video above.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Music

N.W.A Song Makes the Billboard Hot 100 27 Years After Release

The track "Straight Outta Compton" charted after the rap group's biopic of the same name

N.W.A scored its first Billboard Hot 100 single over a quarter-century after its release, Billboard announced Tuesday, owing to the success of the former rap group’s acclaimed yet controversial biopic.

“Straight Outta Compton,” the lead single of N.W.A’s 1988 album of the same name, debuted at No .38 on the Hot 100 singles chart dated Sept. 5, according to Billboard. Although the H0t 100 is usually dominated by newly released songs, older tracks are eligible to chart if they rank in the top 50 and show notable gains in sales, streaming or airplay, Billboard said.

According to Nielsen Music, which tracks data for Billboard charts, “Straight Outta Compton” saw 35,000 downloads and 5.7 million domestic streams during the week ending Aug. 20 — just six days after the N.W.A biopic, also titled Straight Outta Compton, debuted in theaters and topped the box office.

Former N.W.A member Ice Cube also landed his third Hot 100 hit, with his 1987 solo debut “Boyz-N-The-Hood” charting at No. 50.

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Pierce Brosnan Doesn’t Think Producer Would Allow a Gay James Bond

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Danny Moloshok—Reuter Pierce Brosnan at the premiere of the film No Escape, in Los Angeles on Aug. 17, 2015.

"It would certainly make for interesting viewing"

Daniel Craig’s fourth turn as James Bond — hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but there’s still plenty of speculation about what the next iteration of the iconic spy might look like. In a new interview withDetails magazine, former 007 Pierce Brosnan discussed the character’s future and whether or not there will ever be a gay Bond.

“Sure. Why not?” Brosnan said. “Actually, I don’t know how it would work. I don’t think Barbara [Broccoli, the Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing. Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel will be there for a while yet.”

Brosnan, who grew up outside of Dublin, also weighed in on Ireland’s recent legalization of gay marriage, saying, “I never thought in a million years, but hallelujah! Enough of the shaming. It’s a great indication of the forward-thinking of a nation that’s been so mangled by religion.”

In the wide-ranging interview, Brosnan discussed everything from cosmetic surgery to who he most wants to work with (Robert De Niro), and he even revealed why he turned down a chance to play the Caped Crusader.

“It was the beginning of these huge movies, and I just thought, Batman?” Brosnan said. “Batman held such an indelible place in my own childhood, but I said something flippant to Tim Burton, like, ‘Any guy who wears his underpants outside his trousers cannot be taken seriously.’ So yeah.”

Brosnan, who stars alongside Owen Wilson in the upcoming No Escape, also talked about the devastating fire at his California home in February, which destroyed his Aston Martin.

“I looked into the garage, and the car cover was engulfed in flames,” he said. “In that nanosecond, you think, Do I try to save it? But it’s a car. You take the blow and move on, give thanks you’re alive.”

For more, head to Details.

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