Ahead of the Thursday night season 2 and a half premiere of Suits on USA Network, the cast held a screening and Q&A session at the Paley Center in LA. Show creator Aaron Korsh, along with stars Patrick J. Adams, Gabriel Macht, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty were present.

The panel, which was moderated by Jarett Wieselman, lasted for an hour as we were given a glimpse into what we will and will not see in the near future, as well as what events in the past have gotten us to this point.

When asked about the casting process, Korsh commends Adams for having “the intelligence in his eyes” that was needed to play Mike Ross. Adams then notes that he and Macht had an awkward first meeting lunch where they were trying to figure each other out and how easy or hard it would be to work with one another. Thankfully, the chemistry between this cast is incredible and being a season and a half since the pilot, there is no reason to worry about a weak link in the bunch.

Rafferty – who plays Donna Paulsen, secretary extraordinaire – comments that long-time friend, Macht (Harvey Spector), was the one who gave her a script (and bothered Korsh long enough to convince him to audition her) and brought her onto the project. However, her role on the show was questionable when Donna was fired in season 2. The cast notes how the Twitter hashtag #SaveDonna caused one of the first big social media explosions the show experienced.

Adams mentions Tumblr’s use of various gifs of Donna and Harvey. During the election season, “binders full of women” memes with Donna’s picture on them flooded his feed. He says it’s “the best feeling when the fandom reacts that way to the show.”

On Mike and Rachel’s relationship, Markle notes it’s “brutal, but great” and that “it’s a roller coaster… but really exciting for Rachel.” Fans of the show and of the characters yell at Adams in real life about Mike’s behavior. Adams says it’s a “testament to the writers” and Markle says it’s more than a relationship the two are working on, “it’s this connection they’re building.” On set, Adams teases Markle about Mike’s other love interests and their on-screen chemistry, which drives Markle crazy about the pressure to out-perform characters such as Jenny.

When asked about the wildly successful flashback episode and the possibility for another one, Korsh says they are “in the middle of breaking season three” and would consider another flashback episode if it easily fit within the timeline of the show. It is also revealed that Harvey and Rachel, who’ve rarely shared much screen time, will have scenes together in the upcoming episodes.

Hoffman, who is so unlike the mean – and sometimes cruel – Louis, comments, “there’s a really nice respect that [he thinks] everyone ultimately has for one another.” Though the majority of the cast agrees that Rick is most dissimilar from their character, Adams claims that Macht is – he wears Harvey’s Tom Ford suits with Birkenstocks in his trailer.

Particularly memorable moments for the cast include the flashback episode (Rafferty’s pick – she liked it for the line she had: “I’m not apologizing for who I am”) and Louis’ confrontational bathroom scene with Harvey (Hoffman’s pick – that showed Louis was right for once “after getting his ass kicked into the ground by Harvey”). Markle’s favorite moments were Donna and Rachel drinking in the bar, and her character negotiating her job back from Louis. But she can’t watch the scene again because she nit-picks herself too much. Adams says the pilot episode, because of the “crazy process of doing it for the first time.”

He also notes that there was very little acting required on his part throughout the first season; he really was “this young guy figuring out what it meant to take responsibility and believe in yourself.”

It was asked if the central issue of the show, a lawyer without a law degree, would be magically solved: “could he go to an accelerated law school” over a hiatus? Korsh considers the ridiculousness of it and concludes that “stranger things have happened” and it would pose an even bigger risk of exposure for Mike – why is the supposed lawyer going to law school? So as of now, no, there are no plans for Mike to go to law school.

Korsh explains that his creative process doesn’t revolve around whether or not a man or woman is speaking, it’s about the interesting things they can say and do. He just tries “to make all the characters interesting” and to make some “aspect of them bold.” The gender doesn’t matter.

Gina Torres addresses a question about whether or not the intensity Jessica has comes from a different place than the physical intensity Torres had with different roles, saying, “whether [she’s protecting what’s hers] with a gun or a laser [a callback to her days on the much-beloved Firefly]… or a stiletto, in my mind, it is the same [place].”

At one point, moderator Wieselman whips out a can opener – the item that is mysteriously used by Donna and Harvey in one episode. Korsh, who holds Q&A sessions on Twitter regularly, exclaims, “this is the one question. What is the can-opener?” He then gets up to run off stage, avoiding the answer. “We don’t know what the deal is.” He joked it would be explained in the last scene of the series, but let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long!

Suits returns Thursday at 10 p.m. EST on the USA Network.

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Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting 8 people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

Sense8 Nomi Amanita

Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.

The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?