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‘Veep’ Review: A Big List of the Ways Women in Politics Get F***ed, and Not in a Good Way
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Oh, Amy. After warning Selina against Andrew’s toxic charms, Buddy Calhoun’s campaign manager and girlfriend became the “Lobotomy Barbie” she cautioned her old boss about, standing by her man as he apologized for making an ass of himself — and a joke of their sex life in the process. Both women got screwed by their chosen men, and not in a way they enjoy.
But the fuck-over-y (ovary?) didn’t end there. Selina was spurned by her fellow ex-presidents (all male) at the opening of President Hughes’ library. She, in turn, dismissed the idea of a female architect, telling Gary, “We’re not redoing a kitchen here,” while Marjorie and Catherine lamented the fact they need a man to have a baby. And of course, Selina ended up getting doubly boned by Andrew, first upon learning of his betrayal and then by the woman he cheated with, »
- Ben Travers
‘Doctor Who’ Review: Bill Continues to Make Us ‘Smile’ Despite Creepy-Cute Emojibots
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[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 2, “Smile,” contains spoilers.]
The Doctor and Bill’s chemistry continued to be perfect even though this was only their first official adventure together. Taking place millennia into the future and on a far-off planet that appeared ideal except for its lack of inhabitants, the episode sneaked in an examination of human nature and cultural fluency within its murder-mystery trappings. This jaunt wasn’t so much about whodunit but why, and despite the “robots taking over” plot, it was the human colonists’ reaction the gave us chills.
What’s worse than a man telling a woman to smile? A robot demanding you smile or else it will kill you and use your bones for calcified fertilizer. Regardless, forcing a smile under duress is just psychologically disturbing even if you don’t factor murder into it. »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Is a Riveting, Relevant, and Political Drama, So Why Won’t the Creators Say So?
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Last night, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. A frightening and incredibly gripping piece of visual storytelling from cinematographer-turned-director Reed Morano, it stands as a remarkable piece of art that speaks to atrocities committed against women around the world and throughout history.
While writer and executive producer Bruce Miller began developing the 33-year-old novel before the rise of Donald Trump, the story of women who have been stripped of all agency to exist solely as breeding vessels for the patriarchy seems all too prescient in a 2017 when immigrants are being separated from their children, facts are “alternative,” and women are losing access to healthcare at the hands of a president who’s admitted sexual assault on audiotape.
As IndieWire’s Liz Shannon Miller noted in her grade-a review:
“Could ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ really happen?” isn’t the question anymore. »
- Chris O'Falt
L.A. Riots 25th Anniversary Documentaries, Ranked: Which Ones Best Explain the Unrest Now
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There’s no question that Rodney King was brutally beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officers – video taken of the savage act proves it. Yet the four men seen clubbing King were acquitted by a Simi Valley jury in 1992, lighting a match for one of the deadliest and costliest civil unrests in U.S. history.
It’s 25 years later, and Los Angeles – and the Lapd – have changed. But has the rest of the country? Regular reports of police brutality, now well-documented in an age of phone cameras, makes it clear that we haven’t come all that far. Several new documentaries explore the L.A. riots, including the underlying reasons, the actual events, what happened next, and how it relates to today. Among the filmmakers putting their own »
- Ben Travers, Hanh Nguyen, Liz Shannon Miller, Michael Schneider and Steve Greene
Bill Nye on Trying to Save Science From the Politicians and the Haters
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Bill Nye is a man who elicits a lot of strong emotions from the world around him — good and bad. An entire generation of science nerds grew up loving him, including the correspondents who contribute to “Bill Nye Saves the World,” Netflix’s new effort to make science education fun for the masses — while also returning television’s most famous bow tie to our screens.
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“It was a freaking mindblowing dream come true,” Emily Calandrelli said to IndieWire at the Los Angeles premiere, about getting asked to join the show led by Nye.
Joanna Hausmann agreed. “I grew up with him my entire life. I’m from Venezuela, and even there we would watch Bill’s old stuff.”
However, there are people out there who don’t share in this love for Nye, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘House of Cards’ Season 5: Frank and Claire Are United in Making Terror
21 April 2017 5:46 PM, PDT
President Underwood and his First Lady have a mission, and woe to those who get in their way.
When last we left “House of Cards,” Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire (Robin Wright) were by each other’s side in their mission to combat terrorism, specifically the radical Islamist group known as the Islamic Caliphate Organization (Ico), which had broadcast an execution of a hostage.
“That’s right. We don’t submit to terror. We make the terror,” Frank said with his disturbingly unwavering yet charismatic gaze into the camera.
Of course, this war on terror is a noisy, splashy diversion from an incriminating article that laid out the president’s corruption. How successful they are remains to be seen, but we have a feeling that no matter what, they’ll be fine in Season 5. In an interview with EW, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Rob Lowe as KFC’s Colonel Sanders Is Just His ‘Grinder’ Character Trolling Us, Right?
21 April 2017 5:46 PM, PDT
The Emmy-nominated actor is the latest star to appear as the KFC founder in a series of ads, this time donning a space suit with a trompe l’oiel design to mimic the Sanders’ signature white suit and string tie. It’s a bizarre but not entirely un-funny ad that embraces the over-the-top aspect of the announcement that Colonel Harland Sanders (Lowe) want to blast KFC’s newest Zinger sandwich into space.
“The time has come to explore beyond our known horizons, to push KFC’s spicy crispy chicken to new heights,” he says in a mock press conference in the ad seen below. The short video also concludes with the somewhat disturbing and grammatically incorrect line, “We lick our fingers good! »
- Hanh Nguyen
Alex Jones Is Too Crazy For TV: Why Shows Can’t Pull Off Conspiracy-Theorist Characters
21 April 2017 3:07 PM, PDT
The characters on those shows feature some depth, and offer more anger (they at least got that part right) than outright madness. Compare that to the Jones we see barking into the microphone on “Info Wars.” This week, the question of whether or not Jones is actually playing a frothing-at-the-mouth, tinfoil-hat salesman became a centerpiece of the host’s child custody dispute.
“I’m concerned that he is engaged in felonious behavior, threatening a member of Congress,” said ex-wife Kelly Jones at a pretrial hearing, referencing a profanity-laced recent rant about Rep. Adam Schiff. “He broadcasts from home. The children are there, watching him broadcast.” However, according to Jones’ attorney, Randall Wilhite, “He’s playing a character,” Wilhite told the court. “He is a performance artist. »
- Michael Schneider
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at Tribeca 2017: Watch the Panel Discussion Live
21 April 2017 3:05 PM, PDT
The much anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” is making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival with a panel discussing the timely world premiere. Featured in one of the series of Tribeca Talks happening at the Festival, the panel for “The Handmaid’s Tale” will hold a conversation with its executive producers and the majority of its main cast.
Atwood’s book was published in 1985, quickly cementing itself and its author as required feminist reading of the 20th century. The story follows Offred, a woman designated to the lower caste of the Handmaid in a dystopian world called Gilead. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a story about confronting the patriarchy in a world that doesn’t feel so distant from our own.
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Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, »
- Maya Reddy
‘Twin Peaks’ New Teaser Sums Up the First Two Seasons in Less Than Three Minutes — Watch
21 April 2017 2:39 PM, PDT
The return of “Twin Peaks” is exactly one month away. To mark the occasion, Showtime has released a teaser that sums up the first two seasons of David Lynch’s cult classic in less than three minutes. The complete first two seasons and the prequel film, “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” are also available right now on Showtime.
Created by Lynch and Mark Frost, the original 1990-1991 series followed an FBI agent investigating the murder of a young woman in the town of Twin Peaks. The team behind the highly-anticipated revival has kept tight-lipped on what will happen now in the beloved town. Last month, the first images of the cast reunion were released. The photos revealed Kyle MacLachlan in his impeccable dark suit as Agent Cooper, Lynch in character as Regional Bureau Chief Gordon Cole, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ Review: Rashida Jones Brings Us The Ultimate Feminist Porn (Minus the Porn)
21 April 2017 12:55 PM, PDT
We’ve seen it a bunch of times before: A film acquired by Netflix performs well, and the streaming service commissions a series based vaguely on the concept. “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” led to David Gelb heading up “Chef’s Table.” “Wet Hot American Summer” begat “First Day of Camp.” And the 2015 documentary “Hot Girls Wanted” now brings us “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On.”
Created by Ronna Gradus, Jill Bauer, and Rashida Jones, this documentary series is (despite the title) not all that explicit. It is, however, deeply embedded in the idea that human beings like to have sex, and thus exploring the ways in which technology and commerce have become embedded in that basic biological urge.
Read More: Sundance Live: Shooting ‘Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On’ in 4k — Watch
Four of the first season’s six episodes focus on sex as an act with a transactional element (y’know, »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Girlboss’ Review: Britt Robertson Can’t Save This Frustratingly Stagnant Tale of 20-Something Malaise
21 April 2017 12:00 PM, PDT
Midway through the “Girlboss” premiere, Britt Robertson’s Sophia Amoruso walks down the street, tears pouring down her face, angrily shouting into her phone. She just got fired, and it first appears as though she feels the dismissal unjust. But then, just as she’s about to tick off a third reason her boss sucks, Sophia stops herself, and says, “Why am I such an asshole?”
It’s a question that had been building throughout our introduction to Sophia and asked in a moment that feels primed for self-discovery. In the span of 15 minutes, she’s been inexplicably cruel to her father, invited herself into a free, semi-permanent residency with a stranger, and made herself unreasonably late for work. She was fired not just for being perpetually late, but also for taking a personal phone call on company time, stealing her boss’ lunch, and unapologetically eating it in front of her. »
- Ben Travers
‘Doctor Who’: The Next Doctor Rumored to Be ‘Chewing Gum’s’ Black Female Star — Report
21 April 2017 10:37 AM, PDT
Every time the star of “Doctor Who” has announced they’re stepping down, speculation regenerates about his possible replacement. Ah, but what if this time, instead of a white male Doctor, the BBC finally listened to fans who’ve been seeking some diversity for the role?
According to a Nerdist, a source close to production insists that Michaela Coel will replace Peter Capaldi as the next Doctor, which would make her the first female and first black actor to play the role. This source is not an official BBC spokesperson though, and the statement the BBC released to Nerdist didn’t confirm anything: “No casting decisions have been made yet for ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11.”
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Although Coel was not one of the people that IndieWire had suggested for casting, she would make a fantastic Thirteen. The »
- Hanh Nguyen
How Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley Left Their Marks on the 25th Anniversary of the Los Angeles Riots
21 April 2017 9:09 AM, PDT
This year, the April 29 anniversary of the Rodney King riots became a recognized event on the programming calendar. Over the next week, networks are releasing a half-dozen nonfiction narratives to commemorate the 25 years since the Los Angeles uprising, including three from some of our most compelling African-American filmmakers: Spike Lee, John Singleton, and John Ridley.
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Ridley and Singleton took a more traditional path to the material, digging into period video archives and interviewing many of the people directly involved in the riots that yielded 55 lives lost, 1,100 buildings destroyed by fire, and some $1 billion in property damage.
Lee came at the subject from another direction. Smith has »
- Anne Thompson
‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ Review: Teaching Scientific Literacy to Millennials Makes for a Fist-Bumpy Ride
21 April 2017 7:59 AM, PDT
Bill Nye has an admirable mission but an unenviable task: to combat scientific illiteracy in an era that doesn’t value expertise and reason. The title of his new Netflix TV series “Bill Nye Saves the World” isn’t hyperbole at all. It’s his hope to get viewers psyched up enough about science that they’re not just curious; they want to create a change for the better.
Read More: ‘Bill Nye: Science Guy’ Review: Biographical Doc Searches for the Beloved TV Host’s New Place in the Universe
With that in mind, most of the topics driving each episode are ones that people find highly divisive, even politicized, such as vaccinations and another topic dear to his low-carbon-footprint heart. “Did you think I’d get a new TV show and not talk about climate change?” he asks rhetorically in one episode.
Although Nye built his television career hosting a science show for children, »
- Hanh Nguyen
Shaquille O’Neal Quoting Shakespeare Is the Best Bad British Accent You’ll Hear All Day — Watch
21 April 2017 7:57 AM, PDT
It’s Shakespeare’s birthday on Sunday, and TNT is celebrating in style with the foremost Shakespearean scholar of our time, Dr. Shaquille O’Neal.
Okay, maybe Shaq isn’t an expert on the Bard, but he has been known to rap, and one cannot doubt that he has a way with words. After all, he’s been known to impart such wisdom as, “There are seven days in the week and ’Someday’ isn’t one of them,” or “I am the number one ninja and I have killed all the shoguns in front of me.”
O’Neal is also a loyal TNT personality who’s more than willing to step outside of his sports comfort zone. His latest foray into cross-promotion teases the network’s upcoming series, “Will,” a gorgeous period drama about a young William Shakespeare. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Oprah Winfrey: Why She Crashed a Stranger’s House Before Filming ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’
21 April 2017 7:32 AM, PDT
Oprah Winfrey doesn’t just research her roles by reading books. To prepare for “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Winfrey gave an unsuspecting homeowner the surprise of his life.
Discussing her new HBO film on Thursday night at an event in Los Angeles, Winfrey told moderator Elvis Mitchell that she prepared to play Deborah Lacks by seeking out the real-life woman’s childhood home.
“When we went to Baltimore last summer to meet with the family for the first time, I got the address where she used to live and stopped by her old house,” Winfrey said, on stage at the Bing Theater, as part of the Film Independent at Lacma series. “I just knocked on the door on a Sunday morning. Steadman was standing outside just in case something went down. The guy opens the door and there’s that moment…’Oprah?'”
It was a moment that almost didn’t happen, »
- Steve Greene
Anne Hathaway and James Corden Perform a Romantic Comedy Soundtrack on ‘The Late Late Show’ — Watch
21 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT
Anne Hathaway stopped by “The Late Late Show” on Thursday night as part of her press tour for her new film “Colossal,” playing in theaters now. The Academy Award-winning actress and host James Corden performed a five-and-a-half minute romantic comedy musical, which included 12 songs, nine different sets and zero cuts.
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Set to the tune of songs like Sixpence None The Richer’s iconic song “Kiss Me,” Biz Markie’s “Just A Friend,” Celine Dion’s “All By Myself,” and John Denver’s “I’m Leaving on a Jet Plane,” the actress and the musically talented host chronicled the journey of a relationship from courtship, to heartbreak, and back to love. Watch Hathaway and Corden’s great performance below.
In “Colossal, »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Stephen Colbert Tries Starbucks’ New Unicorn Frappuccino and Wants to Die — Watch
21 April 2017 7:26 AM, PDT
Starbucks flexed its creative muscles this week by announcing a new drink: The Unicorn Frappuccino, which they created to be “Instagrammable,” so we know they invent words as well as they do sugary death drinks. Or, as Stephen Colbert called the concoction on “The Late Show” last night: “A sugary affront to God.”
The creators of the Pumpkin Spice Latte released their new drink Wednesday to cries from baristas begging customers not to order it. Ever the contrarian, Colbert braved the sugar and spice and everything nice to take a sip on live television. As if his facial expression didn’t say it all, Colbert said: “Tastes like I french kissed Tinkerbell. That’s not weird — she’s an adult, she’s just really small.”
Making fun of the company’s play at Instagram tags, »
- Jude Dry
‘Ghostwatch’ Scared So Many People That BBC Only Aired It Once — 25 Years Later, You Can Finally Watch It Again
21 April 2017 5:15 AM, PDT
You don’t have to believe in ghosts to believe in “Ghostwatch.” BBC aired the infamous, ahead-of-its-time mockumentary on Halloween night, 1992, creating such an uproar with the program that it never made the airwaves again. Twenty-five years later, “Ghostwatch” can finally be seen again: As it did with “The Devils,” Ken Russell’s oft-censored, long-unavailable act of feature-length blasphemy, horror streaming platform Shudder has made the film available to stream.
Presented by the Beeb as a totally above-board enterprise, the 90-minute special purports to seek (and perhaps even offer) irrefutable proof that ghosts do in fact exist. The organizers do so by spending the night in a house that’s said to be haunted, with an entire team both in the studio and out in the field live; the coverage resembles that of a high-profile footie match. Well-known presenters play themselves in the production, which only makes it more understandable »
- Michael Nordine
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