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Et Obsessions: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Cardi B, 'The Good Place' and More!

Et Obsessions: ‘Blade Runner 2049,’ Cardi B, 'The Good Place' and More!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and this is what we’re most excited about this week:

Why We’re Obsessed With Cardi B

The odds of relative newcomer Cardi B dethroning Taylor Swift’s pop juggernaut, “Look What You Made Me Do,” from the top of the Billboard Hot 100 seemed stacked against her. And yet, as fate would have it, the New York rapper’s infectious debut single, “Bodak Yellow,” has finally landed at No. 1, making the 24-year-old the first solo female hip-hop artist to top the chart since Lauryn Hill in 1998 with “Doo Wop (That Thing).” Her quick ascent is especially impressive considering Cardi has never had a chart presence before “Bodak Yellow.” Now, all eyes are on the former Love & Hip Hop: New York star as fellow artists, including Swift herself, Nicki Minaj and Missy Elliott, have all shown support. But more than anything, it’s hard
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Laverne Cox, Jill Soloway, & Alexandra Billings Talk Trans Representation on TV

Laverne Cox in CBS’ “Doubt

With the Blowhard in Chief’s recent push to ban trans individuals from serving in the military, there is even more of a need for nuanced trans characters in pop culture. This was the topic of conversation when “Orange Is the New Black” actress Laverne Cox, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, “Transparent” actress Alexandra Billings, and “Danger and Eggs” creator Shadi Petosky came together for a recent Television Critics Association panel. Sponsored by GLAAD, the event’s main focus was transgender representation on TV.

“There’s still a lot of misconceptions of who trans people are,” Cox commented, per Variety. “There’s so many representations of us being victimized or predators, and those kinds of ideas of who trans people are perpetuate the way people think of us and influence the way policies are made. So it’s so crucial that we have representation that is diverse, that represents the full humanity of trans people.”

Cox added that seeing Candis Cayne on the ABC drama “Dirty Sexy Money” marked the first time she saw a positive portrayal of a trans woman on screen. “[That] changed my life, that changed my career, that made me think it was possible to have be an out trans woman as an actor.”

As Cox’s story suggests, it’s essential that trans stories be told and trans actors be hired to tell them — a sentiment shared in ScreenCrush’s recent “Why Hollywood Needs Trans Actors” video.

The appearance of three trans women on “The Phil Donahue Show” marked a turning point for Billings. “There were these three beautiful, sparkly, shiny human beings, witty and intelligent and talking about all aspects of their life,” Billings recalled. “And as the interview went on I found out they were all trans women, and I said out loud, ‘Oh, there I am.’ I recognized immediately that they were part of my tribe.”

Soloway and Petosky shared instances of negative trans representation in pop culture, where trans or nonbinary characters were painted as sick or abnormal. Petosky pointed to Buffalo Bill from “Silence of the Lambs.” “It’s bloody and horrible but the worst thing is this guy that wants to be a woman. I remember sinking into my seat at my desk,” she said.

For her part, Soloway talked about the long-running “Saturday Night Live” character Pat. The “Pat” sketches revolve around the titular androgynous character and the other characters’ attempts to figure out whether Pat was a man or a woman. “The idea of pointing at a person and laughing because they were nonbinary? We didn’t realize it at the time, but in looking back — what an awful piece of anti-trans propaganda that was handed out for years,” Soloway stated.

Things have definitely improved since the heyday of Buffalo Bill and Pat, but Cox — who made history as the first trans woman cast a broadcast series regular on the CBS procedural “Doubt” — emphasized that the fight is far from over.

“We have to do better because we have to so many stories that are still not being told,” the Emmy nominee said. “Transition stories are not in and of themselves problematic but often that’s all people focus on. The before and after narrative reinforces that we are not who we say we are.”

Laverne Cox, Jill Soloway, & Alexandra Billings Talk Trans Representation on TV was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Phil Donahue on Donald Trump: ‘He’s Elvis!’ (Video)

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Phil Donahue on Donald Trump: ‘He’s Elvis!’ (Video)
Phil Donahue has never been known to be much of a conservative, politically speaking. But on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources,” he bestowed a compliment on President Trump – likening him to the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. The TV icon told CNN’s Brian Stelter that if “The Phil Donahue Show” was still on the air, he’d be first in line to interview Trump. “It’s counter-intuitive not to,” Donahue said. “As you know, the coin of our realm is the size of our audience. If we don’t draw a crowd, next week we will be parking cars.
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Carrie Fisher, Outspoken and Honest, Leaves Behind a Void in Mental Health Advocacy

Carrie Fisher, Outspoken and Honest, Leaves Behind a Void in Mental Health Advocacy
Carrie Fisher’s death at 60 years old on Tuesday sent shockwaves through Hollywood, as fans and actors alike reacted to the news of her passing.

“We just lost a great ally for mental health and addiction,” Margaret Cho wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “Be strong, be as strong as she'd want you to be.” Cho’s tweet was one of many to recognize the void in mental health advocacy created in the wake of Fisher’s death.

The longtime actress, famous for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, was also a celebrated writer and advocate, who used her celebrity status to create awareness for mental health issues and addiction.

“I’ve been in therapy since I was 15 years old,” Fisher frankly told Et, later revealing to The Guardian that therapy was “my only serious relationship.”

More: Stars React to Carrie Fisher's Death

In fact, Fisher’s brutal honesty became a trademark of her interviews
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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles
On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles

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Watch: Remembering Gene Wilder's Most Iconic Roles
On Sunday, Gene Wilder died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 83. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman confirmed the news in a statement. "He was eighty-three and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow,
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Dano Wins and Loses: S.F. Film Critics Make Several Surprising Choices

Full list of 2015 San Francisco Film Critics winners and nominations Marlon Riggs Award (“for courage & innovation in the Bay Area film community”). Frank Lee. “For his lifelong dedication to film culture in San Francisco – in particular his twenty-plus-year film stewardship of the 4 Star Theatre in the tradition of the family-run independent art house and his attention to Hong Kong film, both marked by his astute taste and knowledge.” Special Mention (“for underappreciated independent cinema”). The Forbidden Room. “Guy Maddin's haunted scream, full of artfully recreated, vinegar-eaten celluloid, is a rat's nest of affairs too strange to recall and too troubling to forget.” Best Cinematography The Assassin, Ping Bing Lee. Carol, Edward Lachman. * Mad Max: Fury Road, John Seale. The Revenant, Emmanuel Lubezski. Sicario, Roger Deakins. Best Editing The Big Short, Hank Corwin. Love & Mercy, Dino Jonsater. * Mad Max: Fury Road, Jason Ballantine; Margaret Sixel. The Revenant, Stephen Mirrione. Sicario,
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Golden Globes: The nominations in full

The full nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes have been announced. The 73rd annual Golden Globes nominations will take place in January, but looking at the nominations, Carol leads the way with 5 nominations in all including Best Actress for Cate Blanchett. Todd Haynes also scored a Best Director nod, and Rooney Mara was selected in the Best Supporting Actress category.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston, Will Smith and Eddie Redmayne have been nominated for Best Actor in a drama; the biggest upset being no mention of Johnny Depp for his outstanding performance in Black Mass.

Here are the nominations in full. The awards themselves will be dished out in Beverly Hills on January 10th, 2016.

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Carol

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

The Big Short

Joy

The Martian

Spy

Trainwreck

Best TV Series, Drama

Empire

Game Of Thrones

Narcos
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Video: 'Who Shot J.R.?' 35 Years Later – and 9 Other Great TV Mysteries

Even people who never watched the original run of Dallas probably know that one of the series' major plotlines can be summed up in three simple words: "Who shot J.R.?" In the final moments of the show's third season finale, J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the show's scheming villain but also arguably its central character, was seen getting shot by an offscreen assailant.

Fans had to wait until the fourth season premiere to find out if J.R. had even survived. What some might not remember – and what was key to the "Who shot J.R.?" mystery becoming a
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Killer Couture: The Supplementary Pleasures Of Criterion’S Dressed To Kill Discs

July 25, 1980. That was the day Dressed to Kill opened in theaters across the country, and it marked the first of countless times I would see the movie projected on a big screen, on a drive-in screen, panned and scanned for home video, even interrupted and cut to ribbons for network TV. But I’ll never forget seeing it that first time, in a cavernous old movie palace in downtown Eugene, Oregon, its lush, complex, violently dynamic and meticulously choreographed images, all set to a Pino Donaggio score which reflected precisely those same qualities, thrilling me to my core. I left that theater buzzing, even if at first I wasn’t entirely sure how I felt about the movie-- it took me a few days and another screening or two to decide that the outraged cries of Hitchcock plagiarism coming from some circles were unwarranted. For me, Dressed to Kill is
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The Middle: family comedy at its best (and 5 great episodes)

A warm but never schmaltzy, perfectly formed family sitcom with no weak links in its cast, here's why you should watch The Middle...

Family sitcoms aren’t exactly thin on the ground, so finding a new spin on the format is always going to take some work. Originally intended as a vehicle for Ricki Lake, The Middle is a case in point. After several years in development, it finally aired in autumn 2009 with a new lead: Patricia Heaton, one of the stars of hugely popular show Everybody Loves Raymond. Writers Eileen Heisler and DeAnn Heline had previously been responsible for Roseanne, so the track records of all involved boded well for the series’ prospects. Six seasons later – with a seventh confirmed in May – expectations have well and truly been proved correct.

The Middle is a warm, beautifully performed and acutely observed portrait of a family struggling to cope with the
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Phil Donahue on ‘Finding Vivian Maier': “A Genius Was Living in Our Spare Bedroom” (Guest Column)

By Phil Donahue

The Hollywood Reporter

Phil Donahue hosted the syndicated talk show, Donahue, for 29 years. He now lives in New York with his wife, Marlo Thomas.

Vivian Maier was hiding a secret. I met her in a Chicago diner in the late ’70s and hired her. She was our nanny. Decades later, over 150,000 photographs were discovered in storage lockers, the work of a brilliant but unknown artist. That secret genius was Vivian, our nanny, now considered one of the great photographers of the 20th century. The Oscar-nominated documentary Finding Vivian Maier tells this story and not only is it a great film, it is a film that will be watched for years to come.

Read the rest of this entry…
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Watch: While You Wait For Season 3, Here's A 40-Minute 'Donahue' Episode With The Cast Of 'Twin Peaks' From 1990

By now you've heard the news: "Twin Peaks" is officially coming back for a third season, and will be directed by David Lynch. The caveat? You'll have to wait until 2016 to see it. So what can you do until then? Well, you can take the weirdest possible trip back in time, and watch this 1990 episode of "Donahue," featuring the cast of the show. Watch Peggy Lipton, Piper Laurie, Dana Ashbrook, Madchen Amick, Eric DaRe (that hair!), Sheryl Lee and series co-creator Mark Frost as they interact with a completely amped up Phil Donahue. It's not only hilarious, but also a reminder of how integrated into the mainstream David Lynch was by that point. To this day, there's no other Lynch project that managed to thrill housewives. Indeed, at the time of this "Donahue" taping coming before the finale of season one, it was all anyone could talk about. Check it
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Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems

When mixing black and white movie characters as either friends or foes on the big screen should not produce any gray areas at all. Whether amiable or adversarial the pairing of interracial tandems makes for an interesting sociological study in cinema where tension, togetherness, stereotypical profiling and mutual or reluctant acceptance makes for some captivating film fodder.

Sure, in many ways it is an overused cliched in the movies to produce racial tandems for the sake of the entertainment to allow the creative juices to overflow. In Salt and Pepper: Top 10 Black and White Movie Tandems we will take a look at various “salt and pepper” teams as they come together in the name of law and justice, hostile necessity, friendly frivolity or professional attachment to bring movie audiences a sense of adventure and curiosity in the name of comedic or dramatic license. Maybe you have your favorite cultural
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10 mystifying Razzie nominations

Top 10 Ryan Lambie 22 Jan 2014 - 05:51

Like any awards ceremony, the Razzies can sometimes make some bizarre decisions. Here's our pick of 10 mystifying nominations...

Established in 1981, the Golden Raspberry Awards have grown from a tiny ceremony hosted in founder John Jb Wilson's living room into their own Hollywood institution. Intended as an antidote to the self-congratulation and glitz of awards season fixtures like the Oscars or the Golden Globes, the Razzies aim to single out the worst films, screenplays and performances of the preceding year, serving up an irreverent parody of Hollywood's vanity and excess.

Sometimes, the Razzie choices aren't too far off the mark. Few would argue against Battlefield Earth's 2000 win for Worst Picture, or that the impenetrably murky The Last Airbender didn't deserve the amusingly-titled award for Worst Eye-Gouging Misuse of 3D.

There have been some really worthwhile categories on occasion, too, like Worst Movie Trends of the Year,
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Frank Skinner doesn't stand up for Benefits Street

The Brummie comic fails to see the funny side of the Channel 4 TV series. Plus, Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David go for theatrical gold and a planned Richard Pryor biopic moves a step closer

On occasion, this column may have made it seem that comedians hold nothing sacred. Not so Frank Skinner, who has told the Birmingham Mail that he spurned an offer to narrate the TV documentary series Benefits Street because he "didn't want to be critical of Brummies". The comic is from West Bromwich, three miles from the Winson Green community represented in the Channel 4 show. "The production company sent me a couple of clips," said Skinner. "They said it was going to be about the community spirit in the street, but I was a bit worried about the topic." Skinner must consider it a narrow escape; the series has been heavily criticised for portraying local residents as scroungers.
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The best TV shows of 2013: 20-11

We asked the Guardian's TV critics for their favourite TV shows of 2013, and this is the list it produced. Drop by again tomorrow for the start of our top 10 countdown

• See the countdown from 30-21 here

20. Educating Yorkshire (Channel 4)

What we said: "British television tends to the more cynical end of the spectrum, but Channel 4's Educating Yorkshire may have changed that. The quiet camera gives the patient determination of the staff at Thornhill community academy the time to shine through. The Dewsbury-based school for 11- to 16-year-olds was rated "good" in its last inspection but it's been struggling with falling numbers and a higher than average number of children on free school meals. At least it was struggling until its head, Jonny Mitchell, along with other staff and some of its pupils, became the series' stars. There are a lot of teachers out there who really should be national heroes.
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JFK 50th anniversary: TV specials and documentaries guide

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is on Nov. 22, and TV programming related to the anniversary will be hard to escape all month long.

Here's a rundown of some of the specials, movies and other retrospectives on JFK and his death that are airing in November. All times Eastern.

Friday, Nov. 8

"JFK: The Lost Bullet" (Nat Geo, 7 p.m.): Using remastered home movies from the scene of the Kennedy assassination, this hour-long special looks for evidence that may have been missed in earlier viewings.

"JFK: The Final Hours" (Nat Geo, 8 p.m.): Actor Bill Paxton, who as an 8-year-old saw Kennedy deliver one of his final speeches in Fort Worth, Texas, on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963, hosts this two-hour documentary retracing the final day of JFK's life via accounts of those who were with him.

"JFK: The Smoking Gun" (Reelz, 8 p.m.):
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A JFK Conspiracy Inspired by the Silver Screen?

On Sunday, November 3rd the investigative documentary JFK: The Smoking Gun premieres on Reelz. This special television event details the extensive investigations of the Kennedy assassination that were conducted by ballistics expert Howard Donahue and veteran detective Colin McLaren. Though the conclusions they each came to were stunning, it turns out that the theory presented is remarkably simple, straightforward, and sure to convince almost anyone. In honor of the premiere of JFK: The Smoking Gun, we're releasing Kennedy-related trivia questions, clues, and tidbits regularly from now until the premiere. Keep up with the clues, and you'll have the inside scoop when the truth is revealed.

One of the JFK conspiracy theories that makes the rounds suggests that Lee Harvey Oswald was manipulated by mind-control experts and “programmed” to kill President Kennedy. People who crafted this theory were likely inspired by a 1962 flick that featured Frank Sinatra, Angela Lansbury and a
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Insidious: Chapter 2 Review

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

I’m starting to think that James Wan had a special relationship with the bogeyman growing up. Each of the director’s features thus far, excepting the Kevin Bacon revenge thriller Death Sentence, have, in some way or other, honed in on the shadow monster hiding behind head-shaking pragmatism of adulthood.

Whether it’s the twisted, medieval morality of the mysterious Jigsaw or the phantasmal wrath of otherworldly critters, Wan (and often his collaborator Leigh Whannell) seems inordinately interested in the darkness lurking just over your shoulder. The appropriately named Insidious: Chapter 2 opens up another portal to this presence, one stuffed to the gills with funhouse amusements and shambling mysticism.

Explicitly linked to its predecessor, the 2011 chiller that never met a screeching violin chord it didn’t like, Insidious 2 abandons the traditional creeps of Wan’s The Conjuring and heads back to the dime store.
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