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Does Team Max still have a chance? With just one episode left in season two of “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” it appears Max is in more than just a New York state of mind — he’s booking plane tickets. That said, he hasn’t gone just yet. Could there still be hope? This week’s episode, titled “Zoey’s Extraordinary Session,” not only saw Max (Skylar Astin) make a final decision on leaving, but also took us back to Zoey (Jane Levy) and Max’s first meeting. And, as it turns out, the latest head-butting between the pair isn’t necessarily new. The two made less-than stellar first impressions on each other. But for Astin, that was a dynamic that was real fun to play with. “I loved it. I mean, you’ve heard of a meet cute — this was a meet bad, and I really like that that’s the direction they took,” Astin tells TheWrap. “I wasn’t expecting it. You would think they met, they got along, they were instant friends. Turns out, there was a ton of friction.” Indeed, Zoey and Max were at one time wildly different. Zoey was exceedingly uptight and Max, being fresh out of college, was pretty carefree. Zoey really had no interest in befriending him, but ended up getting paired with Max for a series of tests as part of the final job interview at SPRQPoint. When Zoey eventually has to leave the office to go be with her mom at the hospital, Max saves the day and finds a way for her to continue competing with him remotely. The pair comes up with an ingenious invention for Danny Michael Davis, win the competition, and Max heads to the hospital to give Zoey the good news in person. That small act of kindness certainly lands Max in the good graces of Zoey’s dad Mitch (Peter Gallagher), who at this point, is still in good health. “I like him,” Mitch notes, giving the official dad seal of approval. “Hey, for what it’s worth, whether she needed to remember that or whether our audiences needed to know that, I’m glad it happened,” Astin says. Granted, this is long before Simon (John Clarence Stewart) entered the picture, creating the impeccable “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” love triangle we know today. Still, at one point, Mitch was definitely onboard with Team Max. These days, we have a bit of a new triangle. Though Zoey seems happy with Simon at the moment, and Max with Rose (Katie Findlay), some fans still hope that Max and Zoey will reunite. And, just like both Astin and Stewart have always been Team Zoey when it comes to their love triangle, Astin is firmly Team Max when it comes to his relationships with Zoey and Rose. “Rose clearly is someone that Max, I believe, trusts in a certain way, and I think she really sees the best for him,” Astin notes. “I always like it when a partner can be supportive and want what’s best for you, even if it’s not convenient for them, and I feel like Rose is that. And I think Zoey is coming around to that as well. So it’ll be actually interesting to see how it plays out.” That said, Astin adds that if Max and Zoey are ever going to give things another go, he believes that it’ll be much more final. “The problem with their connection is that it’s so meaningful and deep that it’s — if they were to ever get back together, it would really have to be for real,” Astin says. “I could never see them getting back together and then going on another pause. It would just be the beginning of the end. It was smart of them to get ahead of it the first time around, but I want for them to really get real and realize that if they ever really take a stab at this, the implications would be pretty high.” Among those implicated, obviously, would be Simon. Since the beginning, both he and Max have vied for Zoey’s heart, but both have made it clear that Zoey is not a prize to be won. And in that same vein, Astin is confident that even if Max and Zoey eventually find their way back to each other, Max and Simon will maintain a friendship. “Max and Simon are evolved men who care about each other and understand that they’re in a bit of [an] awkward situation, but still want the best for each other, as men, and also want the best for Zoey,” Astin says. At the end of the day, any future between Max and Zoey is something that Astin believes needs to be treated with care. “The road back together is not something that should be taken lightly, I think,” Astin says. “For either of them.” Read original story ‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist': Skylar Astin on Max and Zoey’s Potential Future (Video) At TheWrap
CGI and a fake IMDb credit helped HBO drama pull off that three-character twist (Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “The Nevers.”) While Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) spent the better part of Sunday’s “The Nevers” fighting over whether to follow through with their intricate plan to find the mysterious Galanthi or risk their shot at fulfilling that mission by instead saving the villainous Maladie (Amy Manson) from her public execution, Maladie was busy saving herself. Yes, the HBO fantasy series created by Joss Whedon pulled a fast one on viewers with tonight’s hour, titled “Hanged.” It ended with journalist Effie Boyle peeling off a wig, makeup and a body suit to reveal Maladie, just minutes after Maladie was hanged in the center of Victorian London. Well, we thought Maladie was hanged — but we now know that woman was actually her missing-toed acolyte Clara (Sylvie Briggs). So that means Maladie has been impersonating Effie ever since just before Clara, disguised as Maladie, was arrested by Detective Frank Mundi (Ben Chaplin) on last week’s episode. That reveal came “Usual Suspects”-style, when Mundi became confused by the missing toes on the feet of the hanged “Maladie” during the chaos that had ensued when Maladie’s plan to electrocute the onlookers at her hanging was set in motion just after her death. Mundi went back to his office to inspect the photos of the unidentified dead body that he found in the series premiere. He then started to remember comments Effie made about the body in the photo wearing a stylish coat similar to hers and her impassioned op-ed declaring the injustice of Maladie’s hanging. These clues led Mundi to conclude the truth and write in “Effie Boyle” as the name of his Jane Doe. And while Mundi was figuring this out, viewers watched Maladie laugh as she striped off her Effie costume in the madness around her on the streets. HBO Though Amalia, who took half the Touched team under London to try to communicate with the Galanthi, and Penance, who thinks she and her faction of the orphans failed at their attempt to save Maladie from her public execution, have no idea that Maladie is still alive, we do. And TheWrap spoke with Manson about how “The Nevers” pulled off this five-episode gambit just ahead of next week’s finale of the first half of Season 1. TheWrap: How early on did you know that you would be playing Maladie/Sarah and Effie Boyle? Amy Manson: When I first got the role of Maladie, I understood that there was a huge backstory that I had to undertake and I had to understand why she behaves the way she behaves. And the gift was that you saw Sarah, who was Maladie before Maladie, pre-asylum. So it was about myself building a backstory. Was she already insane before she entered the asylum? Or was it her husband maybe poisoning her with mercury just to put her into the asylum for a while? So in that sense, all these questions kind of were answered, because I think by the time she gets into the asylum, she thinks that she’s seen God. She thinks that she’s the chosen one. She sees a spark in the sky and she doesn’t know what it is. And she enters the asylum and she’s with these women spouting this information, but nobody’s there to listen to her. And in that sense, I think they make her mad… Maladie knows what she’s saying, but I don’t think a lot of other people really follow what she’s saying. And then with regards to Effie, that came out of the blue, I guess, when we got scripts through. So we very much lived script to script, rather than us having a backlog of six scripts to entertain us. So it was great to put everything together because I realized that Maladie was always one step ahead of the game, always one step ahead of everybody else in the show, and probably one of the only honest characters within the show, too. Everything she says is truth verbatim. And so when Effie came around, it was joy. And I guess putting Maladie together, the challenge was because, within Maladie, there’s always a want to become like a socialite, a higher class woman in Victorian London. She reveled playing that game so close to the establishment, so close to Frank Mundi and the people who were actually out to get her. And also at the same time, there’s the element of Sarah living in Maladie. That weak housewife, who Maladie hated so much. So there’s the three of them always there, only one will come out at certain times. And that was the joy of piecing together the puzzle that is Sarah/Maladie/Effie. How did you guys pull off that on-screen disguise so that fans wouldn’t piece together that you were playing the character Effie? The Effie that you saw on screen, there was actually some CGI at play there, because what we found was that the initial Effie disguise was so good that she almost stuck out within this Victorian society. Because I had, like, a really big prosthetic nose, a different eye color, the eyebrows were raised, which we kept and turned a different color. And then I had the most amazing kind of buckteeth, initially. She looked amazing. But in post, they took some of those away, just so she didn’t stick out too much. But the hair and there was also a fat suit that I put on for a bit more weight. And then you see the reveal of how she’s had those enormous breasts, too, which was great to play and great to get into. Just changing shape and look changes you as a person. I noticed that the character of Effie Boyle is listed as being played by an actress named “Margaret Tuttle” on “The Nevers” IMDb page — a fake name, obviously, that was used to throw fans off, yes? Yes. They asked me if I minded and, of course, I didn’t mind at all. I don’t mind because of the whole gambit of it. TheWrap: Maladie, while playing Effie, gives Mundi hints throughout Episode 5 as to the true identity of the body he found in the pilot, a murder that he believed someone else had committed and tried to cloak in Maladie’s style so as to pin it on her. On Sunday, we find out this was Effie Boyle’s body all along, and Maladie was responsible for killing her weeks ago and assuming her identity. This is the murder that Maladie alluded to in Episode 4 when she told Mundi she “only kills angels — mostly,” correct? Yes, you’ve got it. I mean, she’s just intent on revenge against the establishment and she’ll do anything to cause havoc. She is a rebel and she is doing it for a purpose. I think she must have gone through some awful horrors and that’s why she’s just got blinders on now and she’s just intent on revenge and causing anarchy, which is fun and she’s enjoying it. I don’t think she’s a psychopath or a sociopath, but there are elements of her that just want to seek revenge and not have any empathy. I don’t think she lets herself feel anything, because if she did, I don’t think she’d accomplish her angle. After all that Maladie did to orchestrate this revenge at “her” hanging, she’s watching the chaos while still in disguise as Effie and decides to help Harriet up to save her from the stampede. This is before it’s revealed to the audience that this Effie is actually Maladie. Why did Maladie do that, especially given that she hates Amalia and we know she will do almost anything to hurt her after the mysterious betrayal that happened between them? We spent quite a lot of time deciding, was this the right thing to show an audience? Because that kind of, you know, what I previously said, doesn’t actually make sense in that regard. I think it’s not that there’s a heart there. I think Clara, her acolyte, giving herself for the cause, I think is a weight moment from Maladie. You do see a glimmer of upset there. There is a moment of, ‘Wow, I’m still human. What have I done? What am I doing? Why have I turned into this monster?’ And I think the questions that arise for Maladie within Effie, the true Maladie, are maybe along the lines more of, there’s someone that wants to save me. Penance was there, Penance wanted to save her. And I think that she didn’t expect this to happen. It doesn’t actually go the way that she expected it to happen. So I think in that form, there’s an element of need to know and of remembrance of what it is to fight for friendship — possibly — hope, love. And I think that was a nice moment just to show that maybe there is remorse somewhere or that maybe she could change. And again, that is an element of Sarah coming through Maladie, I think. The finale of Part 1 of the first season of “The Nevers” airs next Sunday at 9/8c on HBO. Read original story ‘The Nevers’ Star Amy Manson Reveals the Secrets Behind Maladie’s Hanging Gambit At TheWrap
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The response from activist groups and top streamers: Not enough. Too slow. Awfully vague The battle lines for the Golden Globes have been drawn, and the beleaguered awards show and the tiny group of foreign journalists who choose the winners took a step closer to cancellation last week. This may be confusing to some, as last week finally saw a comprehensive set of reforms by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association overwhelmingly approved by the 86 members of the group. The HFPA committed to more than doubling its membership within 18 months and to ensure that half of all new members would come from underrepresented groups. It committed to electing a new board in September and to hiring outside, professional executive leadership. The response from activist groups as well as top Hollywood companies like Netflix and Amazon? Not enough. Too slow. Awfully vague. Time’s Up dismissed the reform plan as “sorely lacking and hardly transformational.” The group of 100 public relations firms that launched a boycott of the group by its clients rejected the plan as too slow to impact the 2022 Golden Globes and suggested that the awards should be pushed by a year “so that new members do not remain in the minority for another year.” GLAAD said the reforms “do not go far enough.” Only the National Association of Black Journalists, nominally the group most directly affected by the change since this move to boycott stemmed from the group’s lack of Black members, said it was “encouraged” by the plan. And then came what could be a death blow: Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos told the group in a letter last week that his company would boycott HFPA events until there was a “clear roadmap for change,” while a rep for Amazon Prime told TheWrap, “We have not been working with the HFPA since these issues were first raised, and like the rest of the industry, we are awaiting a sincere and significant resolution before moving forward.” But what was strange in all this is that the reforms do provide a roadmap for change. The plan is fairly specific and meaty, detailing a number of new members and a time frame for bringing them on board. The plan stated a date for new elections and detailed such things as banning all gifts, a more stringent rule than many other journalism groups that hand out awards. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, Ava DuVernay, Norman Lear and Netflix VP of Original Documentary Lisa Nishimura at 2017 event (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Netflix/AP Images) In truth, the complaints were in some cases very picky: Publicists complained that the plan for an executive team — which included hiring a CEO, a CFO, a chief human resources officer and a chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer (the last to be hired by Sept. 1) — lacked a COO. Time’s Up seemed hurt that its own demands — which essentially called for the self-destruction of the group — had been ignored. Indeed, the across-the-board rejection made it seem as if no timetable would be swift enough. Were these criticisms made in good faith? Come on: The HFPA can’t realistically triple its membership in the next three months. I’m told by a knowledgeable individual involved in this drama that all this week a pressure campaign has been waged by Time’s Up to get Hollywood studios to boycott the HFPA, if not the Golden Globes. (A rep for Time’s Up did not respond to a request for comment.) Netflix, which has major investments in Ava DuVernay and Shonda Rhimes, two A-list creators who have been badly snubbed by the HFPA in the recent past, was the first to boycott. At this point, it seems as if no amount of change will be good enough for some people. Some segment of the industry has made up its mind that the Golden Globes can go away and the industry will be no worse for the wear. Ultimately, this is probably the HFPA’s own fault. It’s true, the group woke up way too late. It’s also been a haven for corruption, insularity and exclusion for decades. But as one person close to the group told me plaintively on Friday night after a full day of rejection: “Aren’t we supposed to fix things? To try to be better?” Maybe not, as one veteran observer of the situation said to me. “I feel like a lot of people in Hollywood would be very happy to pull the plug on HFPA and the Golden Globes,” this insider said. “They’re demanding extensive, detailed changes, on a very short timetable. The HFPA is trying as best they can to show that they’re on board and want to change, and they’re getting s— now because current members will still be a majority” come the next awards season. This person went on: “The degree of discontent, the rejection of their plans indicates that a lot of people would just as soon they go away. People are ready to take that step. And maybe they are eager to do so.” Read original story As Netflix, Amazon Boycott HFPA Over Reforms, Could the Golden Globes Get Canceled? At TheWrap
Rep. Jim Banks was also pressed on “Fox News Sunday” about Trump’s false claims on the election CNN’s Chris Wallace put Indiana Republican Jim Banks on the hot seat on “Fox News Sunday,” pointedly asking whether moves to oust Rep. Liz Cheney from GOP leadership is because she lacks loyalty to Donald Trump.Cheney has publicly condemned Trump for his claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, calling it “the big lie” on Twitter. This past week, plans were set in motion to remove Cheney from her spot as the No. 3 ranking member of the House Republicans, replacing her with New York Rep. Elise Stefanik. Wallace noted to Banks that Stefanik’s voting record is less conservative than Cheney’s, having voted with Trump’s policies 78% of the time during his presidency compared to 93% for Cheney. “Is it just because of the fact that she’s not as loyal to Donald Trump?” Wallace asked Banks, referring to Cheney. “Republicans are almost completely unified in a single mission to oppose the radical, dangerous Biden agenda and win back the majority in the midterm election,” Banks responded. “That’s our focus as a House Republican conference. And any leader who’s not focused on that … needs to be replaced.”“And, at this point, the reason, Chris, that you and I are talking about Liz Cheney on this important program on Sunday morning is the exact evidence that she’s failed in her mission as the chief spokesperson of our party,” he added. After telling Chris Wallace that, yes, Joe Biden is the legitimate president, Rep Jim Banks (R-IN) says: "I stand by my vote to object on January 6th, I stand by the Texas lawsuit, because I have serious concerns about how the election in November was carried out." pic.twitter.com/6pS3jTMukS— The Recount (@therecount) May 9, 2021 As with other Republicans that have appeared on “Fox News Sunday” since the Jan. 6 Capitol attacks, Wallace grilled Banks on whether he agreed with Trump about the legitimacy of the 2020 elections. “Is Joe Biden the legitimate president of the United States?” Wallace pressed.“I’ve never said that the election was stolen,” Banks answered. “I’ve said I have very serious concerns with how the election was conducted last November because of COVID rules that loosened voter identification laws. That’s why I objected on Jan. 6. I’ll never apologize for that.” Read original story Chris Wallace to Indiana Republican: Is Liz Cheney Ouster About Not Being ‘Loyal to Trump’? At TheWrap
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Some are pretty true to their comic counterparts, and some definitely aren’t. On the latest episode of “Batwoman,” viewers were introduced to the villain Cluemaster, marking the character’s first-ever live action appearance. As you’ll see below, they got more than just the hair right when translating him from comics to TV. Of course, he’s far from the only DC villain to make it into “Batwoman” and that got us thinking: How do those other bad guys compare to the comics? Read on, oh reader, and find out for yourself. Read original story ‘Batwoman': How Cluemaster and 8 Other Villains Compare to the Comics (Photos) At TheWrap
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Stelter says the U.S. is “suffering from a bad case of Foxitis” because of Tucker CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter came after his rival Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson for spreading misinformation (and sometimes, outright lies) about the coronavirus. During Sunday’s edition of “Reliable Sources,” Stelter said that Carlson is helping create an epidemic of “Foxitis” across the country. “Murdochworld’s most popular shows have popularized some dark, disturbing, damaging narratives about Covid — first downplaying the virus last year, minimizing the risks, and now, by sowing confusion,” Stelter said, referring to NewsCorp owner Rupert Murdoch. Not every Fox News anchor has been openly antivax, and Stelter made sure to mention that some of the network’s talent, like Bret Baier and Dana Perino, have told the world they’ve gotten vaccinated. Carlson mentioned that he got his COVID-19 vaccine too, but still continues to spend time on his nightly show fearmongering about the vaccine and spreading dangerous theories about its impact on people’s health. “He claims to be pro-vaccine and said that he’s just asking questions, but he’s not seeking the answers. So the rest of us have to,” Stelter said. Stelter added that he knows that there are people inside Fox News who are upset by Tucker’s comments. “He’s scaring his audience so recklessly that even some of his own colleagues called him out for it on Twitter,” Stelter said, adding that some people within Fox News find Carlson’s rhetoric “irresponsible and damaging.” Tucker has baselessly speculated that vaccines negatively impact the health of pregnant people, that people die from getting the COVID-19 vaccine and argued that putting masks on children — in accordance with CDC guidelines that kids over 2 years old should mask up in public — is child abuse and warrants calling the cops. Carlson has also wrongly asserted that healthy young adults don’t need the vaccine and spread conspiracy theories that the coronavirus vaccine doesn’t actually work, but rather that it is part of a government plot to control people. None of this is true in the slightest, but that doesn’t stop him from devoting large chunks of his show to it. “Carlson acts like he knows some secret truth that’s been covered up by some shadowy enterprise,” Stelter said. Addressing Carlson directly, he joked, “Maybe you should be writing some junk movie of the week for Netflix or Tubi. Maybe you should go write horror novels for a living, because he’s clearly not responsible enough to have a show that purports or pretends to be news.” Fox News didn’t immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. Stelter was calling back to a ruling from a federal judge that indicated Carlson isn’t at all a credible source of news and that no “reasonable viewer” should approach his show with an “appropriate amount of skepticism” and not interpret it as relaying facts. Check out the clip of Stelter’s “Reliable Sources” via Mediaite below. CNN’s Stelter Tears Into Tucker Carlson for ‘Scaring His Audience So Recklessly’ on Vaccines Read original story CNN’s Brian Stelter Rips Tucker Carlson for Vaccine Misinformation At TheWrap
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