Drama

‘Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce’: Cast Members Talk the Sexy Bravo Series’ Goodbye Season

In 2014, Buffy the Vampire Slayer producer/scribe Marti Noxon introduced audiences to a group of women unlike any we’d seen before on TV. Ladies with oft-wobbly careers, rubbled relationships, an ironclad friendship and hopeful hearts wrapped by turns in whipped cream and barbed wire. Ladies who weren’t shy about effing up or letting their angst fly. And so, anchored by Lisa Edelstein’s struggling self-help author Abby McCarthy, the titular girlfriends of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce let the rest of us frazzled females grab a glass and commiserate, even as we coveted their fab digs, wardrobes and ability to cry pretty. […]

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Drama

‘Yellowstone’: Kevin Costner Talks Paramount Network’s “Wild West Meets Big Business” Epic

Kevin Costner is dancing with television audiences once again. In his first TV project since his Emmy-winning role in History’s record-breaking Hatfields & McCoys, the 63-year-old actor — who ascended from movie-star heartthrob to bona fide power player when he helmed and starred in 1990’s Oscar-winning Dances With Wolves — returns to his favored frontier sensibility for Paramount Network’s sweeping drama series Yellowstone. Costner plays widower John Dutton, proprietor of the modern-day Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, his family’s Rhode Island-sized Montana sprawl of big business, modern technology and Wild West skill sets. Invulnerable to outside forces for generations, the estate’s prime […]

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Drama

‘Dietland’ on AMC: Star Joy Nash Talks Marti Noxon’s ‘Feminist Revenge Fantasy’

Check out the website of any celebrity rag and you’ll see the problem. Here’s a story about the latest woman to call out a high-profile male colleague for behavior that’s Neanderthal at best and felonious at worst. Right next to it? Twenty-year-old models tell us how to rock Daisy Duke shorts! And here’s where to buy every last bit of a former Spice Girl’s thousand-dollar skincare routine. Raise your hand if you enjoy being a girl! The heart of Dietland, Marti Noxon’s new satirical dramedy (based on the critically acclaimed 2015 novel by Sarai Walker), is aspiring journalist Plum Kettle’s […]

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Drama

‘Succession’: HBO’s Riveting Family-Dynasty Drama is Your New Summer Obsession

Famous families. They enthrall us (say, the royals) and often infuriate us (you, Kardashians) with their power, wealth and privilege — and their ability to emerge unscathed from scandal or misstep. But what is it really like to be part of one? To have your forebears and family name be inescapable reminders of all you must live up to? Or try to live down? HBO’s stellar, slyly funny new family dynasty drama Succession — from comedy veterans Adam McKay (Saturday Night Live) and Jesse Armstrong (In the Loop) — examines the inner workings of the fictional Roy family, proprietors of […]

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‘Fahrenheit 451’: HBO Reboots the Fiery Ray Bradbury Classic for a Digital World

Depending on your perspective, making a contemporary film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s book-burning classic Fahrenheit 451 in the era of Snapchat and Twitter, “fake news,” handheld devices and monster flat screens is either brilliance or insanity. No one understands that better than filmmaker Ramin Bahrani, who helms this month’s HBO modernization of the cautionary tale. “I knew that once I got into it, there would be no way that I wouldn’t upset somebody who loved Bradbury’s work,” said Bahrani at a recent press event. “So, I tried to stay true to the themes. Even if I changed certain characters or […]

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Interview

‘The Tale’: Jennifer Fox On Bringing Her Sundance-Lauded Story of Abuse and Resilience to HBO

For more than three decades, filmmaker Jennifer Fox thought she was the luckiest. That, as a smart, independent 13-year-old in the freewheeling ’70s, it was pure sophistication that her first “boyfriend” — the fellow who took her virginity — was an older man who found her beautiful and exceptionally talented. Still prepubescent, Fox memorialized the “relationship” in “The Tale,” an English-class assignment about the man, their introduction via an elegant riding instructor she called Mrs. G and the trio’s “magical” summer spent defying the conventions of love and freedom. Still, the girl told everyone it was a work of fiction. […]

Drama

‘Sweetbitter’: Stephanie Danler’s Coming-of-Age Book Becomes a Sensual Series on Starz

Like a well curated menu, Starz’s new dramedy Sweetbitter has something scrumptious for all tastes. Foodies and wine lovers will swoon over luscious images and discussions of eat and drink. The mighty legions that serve us when we dine out at long last have a scripted restaurant show that honors them. Scenesters get the New York that only New Yorkers know. And everyone can relive our own brink-of-adulthood reckoning via the show’s 22-year-old heroine Tess, winningly played by Churchill’s Ella Purnell. Tess — the not-quite alter ego of Sweetbitter screenwriter Stephanie Danler, who also penned the bestseller on which the […]

Drama

‘Vida’ on Starz: Home Is Where Your Secrets Are

Though she’s worked on high-profile series with diverse casts and bold storytelling, writer/producer Tanya Saracho knew something was still missing in the modern TV landscape: a series that reflected her own life and lineage. So Saracho, who proudly identifies as queer and prefers the gender-neutral term Latinx over Latina/Latino, created Vida, a gutsy dramedy about estranged Los Angeles sisters whose return home forces them to confront myriad truths about their mother, their past and their own self-images as Americans of Mexican heritage. “Most of our department heads are female,” said Saracho of the show’s proudly female and inclusive pedigree, at […]

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Documentary

‘James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction’: Cinema’s Sci-Fi Master Plays Favorites on AMC

From the moment Arnold Schwarzenegger’s part human, part cyborg killing machine strode onto movie screens in 1984’s The Terminator, movie buffs counted cowriter/director James Cameron among the go-to guys for cinematic sci-fi thrills. This month, AMC turns over its Visionaries docuseries franchise to the Hollywood multihyphenate for an exploration of the beloved genre’s roots, evolution and massive popularity via interviews with Schwarzenegger, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Greg Nicotero, Ridley Scott, Christopher Nolan, Will Smith, Sigourney Weaver and others. “We tried to pick a few milestone pieces of popular culture — often movies or TV shows — and then go back […]

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Nat Geo Wild, X Ambassadors Set Mother Earth to Music with ‘Symphony for our World’

On Sunday, April 22, Nat Geo Wild celebrates Earth Day — and the splendor of Mother herself — with the unique one-hour special Symphony for our World. And as the special’s stunning trailer says, it’s an event you have to hear to believe.   The perfect way to relax after your Earth Day efforts, Symphony for our World combines the gasp-inducing nature footage National Geographic and its television channels are known for with an original symphony created by Hans Zimmer’s Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie. The duo’s five-part composition brings viewers on a journey through five […]