Here at ET, we’re obsessed with a lot of things — and for the week of May 15 to May 21, this is what we’re most excited about:
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘The End of Longing’
The End of Longing, a dark comedy play written by Matthew Perry about four broken souls who set out to shatter their demons once and for all, begins preview performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on Broadway this week, following its successful run at London’s Playhouse Theatre last year. “I’ve never done a play in New York before, so it’s very, very exciting,” the 47-year-old former Friends star told ET last month. Joining Perry on stage is Jennifer Morrison, Quincy Dunn-Baker and Sue Jean Kim, with Lindsay Posner serving as director. Perry plays Jack, a character loosely based on himself, in the production. “I’m always drawn to characters that improve, that are geared to try to become better men in their lives, that start off in a somewhat broken place, and are trying to improve their lives, and that’s what I’ve tried to do in my personal life,” he explained. “I like stories that tell that story.”
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Previews for The End of Longing start Thursday, May 18 and officially opens on Monday, June 5.
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Everything, Everything’
If you loved The Fault in Our Stars, you’re going to adore Everything, Everything. The movie stars Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg as Maddy, a teenager with a rare and severe case of allergies that prevents her from ever leaving the hermetically sealed rooms of her home, who stumbles upon the boy next door, Olly Bright (Nick Robinson), and from there the unlikely love story unfolds. The book-based romance was adapted from the YA novel of the same name by Nicola Yoon. During a recent interview with NPR, Stenberg talked about her on-screen mother-daughter relationship. “I think Maddy’s relationship with her mother is something we never get to see. There’s a lot of relentless love and in many ways a lot of things that are somewhat abusive because you learn,” the 18-year-old actress said. “I won’t reveal anything — there’s a large twist that you’ll have to learn for yourself when you see the movie.”
Everything, Everything hits theaters Friday, May 19.
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Alien: Covenant’
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. Scott slickly blends familiar themes from the Prometheus prequel, with formidable neomorph and a grisly new rendition of the infamous chestburster sequence. Leading the crew of the colony ship Covenant for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy is Michael Fassbender, along with co-stars Katherine Waterston and Billy Crudup. While the early reviews are positive, not all are favorable — currently sitting at 76% on Rotten Tomatoes — with Variety calling it “a hard-R horror movie, featuring ferocious, acid-dripping space crustaceans, a tough female lead and a bunch of dead-meat crew members.” Meanwhile, Empire blasts the sci-fi drama for its lack of “full-on onslaught.” We’re going to leave to the Alien fans to decide.
Alien: Covenant hits theaters Friday, May 19.
Why We’re Obsessed With 2017 Billboard Music Awards
The hype is building for this year’s Billboard Music Awards (for good reason too) — Cher will be taking the stage, making it her first performance at an awards show in almost two decades, to receive the Icon Award. Celine Dion (who was honored with last year’s Icon Award) will be taking us back to 1997, celebrating the 20th anniversary of Titanic with a performance of “My Heart Will Go On.” If that’s not enough to get you to set your DVRs, then we don’t know what is! Previously announced performers include Camila Cabello, Bruno Mars, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, and John Legend. Ludacris will be back as host for the fourth year in a row, bringing along Vanessa Hudgens as his co-host. With a stream of A-list performances, awards and a growing list of presenters, there’s no doubt this year’s BBMAs will have us glued to our screens.
2017 Billboard Music Awards airs Sunday, May 21 on ABC.
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘What Happens at the Abbey’
While E!’s new original series, What Happens at the Abbey is drawing comparisons to Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules, we can’t be certain after its premiere on Sunday. The docuseries follows the employees who work at one of Los Angeles’ most iconic gay bars, The Abbey, showcasing their soap opera lives in and around the restaurant. With the first episode featuring former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville stopping in for a fun night out with friends, the show already has everyone talking. And while the trailer gives a tiny glimpse into each cast members storyline — everything from straight, gay, lesbian relationship troubles to sperm donations — it seems like a promising summer guilty pleasure.
What Happens at the Abbey airs Sundays on Bravo.