The Oprah Winfrey-produced Lindsay Lohan docuseries is the most anxiety-inducing hour of television I’ve ever seen. And I loved every second of it.
Have you ever been in the same room with someone who was holding a grenade? You know they're probably not going to pull the pin and it’s probably not going to explode. But that knowledge does nothing to slow down the dangerously fast pace of your heart beating as you stand paralyzed in fear. Sunday night, Oprah was holding that grenade. And that grenade was Lindsay Lohan.
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Lindsay was the most stressful hour of television I’ve ever seen. And I loved every second of it.
The season finale of the potboiler crashed HBO’s streaming content website, sending subscribers into a tizzy.
For Rust Cohle, the existentialist detective played by Matthew McConaughey on HBO’s potboiler True Detective, “time is a flat circle.” But for users of HBO GO Sunday night, it was more like a spinning wheel of death.
At approximately 9 p.m. ET Sunday night, many HBO GO subscribers attempted to log in to the website, which features streaming content from the network, to view the season finale to the addictive series True Detective and—hopefully—discover the identity of “The Yellow King.” Instead, many were left trapped in their own tech version of Carcosa, staring at a seemingly endless loading sign. So, fans of creator Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Fukunaga’s eight-episode miniseries were robbed of two hours today—one for Daylight Savings Time, the other waiting for their favorite show at the moment to load.
The breakout star of ‘Girls,’ who was recently cast as the villain in the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ film, discusses his character’s captivating arc on the hit HBO series, and the events that led up to Sunday night's explosive episode ‘Role-Play.’ [Warning: Spoilers!]
The great irony of HBO’s Girls is that the most layered, emotionally rich, and captivating character on the show is a guy. Much of the credit for this, in addition to the sharp writing by series creator Lena Dunham and her team, is due to the talents of Adam Driver. As Adam Sackler, the oddly handsome and deadly serious boyfriend to Dunham’s flighty Hannah Horvath, the towering 30-year-old is a force of nature, throwing his entire being into each line and gesture.
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[Warning: If you aren’t all caught up on Girls stop reading now or forever hold your peace.]
The new reboot of the classic Carl Sagan series, now starring Neil deGrasse Tyson, needs our support—seeing more science on mainstream TV may depend on it.
First, a disclaimer. I haven’t seen the new Cosmos. Second, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host, is a friend of mine. This is therefore not a review of the program or of Neil’s presentation in it.
Years ago I had talked to Ann Druyan about the possibility of redoing the Cosmos series, but it wasn’t clear that the circumstances associated with 1980’s remarkable $8.3-million sponsorship of the 13-part Carl Sagan-narrated show could ever be reproduced.
The blockbuster filmmaker behind ‘Iron Man,’ ‘Iron Man 2,’ and ‘Cowboys & Aliens,’ opens up about his food-centric passion project, ‘Chef,’ at SXSW.
Jon Favreau did the unthinkable. Just over three years ago, the director of the first two Iron Man films, which grossed a collective $1.2 billion worldwide, decided to walk away from the Marvel cash cow. He’d just wrapped production on his latest mega-entertainment, Cowboys & Aliens, and sought a change of pace.
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As an avid consumer of cooking shows, even serving as a guest judge on Season 11 of Top Chef, the 47-year-old filmmaker was intrigued by the concept of the modern-day “chef-as-rock star.” So, in ten days, he cranked out a script about a once-renowned chef who’s fired from his lackluster restaurant and forced to start from scratch, selling Cubano sandwiches out of a food truck. He hadn’t felt a creative rush like that since he penned Swingers.
Lena Dunham mocked herself on a strong episode of 'Saturday Night Live.' But while the 'Girls' star showed off her body (duh), she could've showed a bit more range.
Can Lena Dunham act?
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That's the question many people—or at least this person—were wondering when the Girls star was announced as host of this week's Saturday Night Live. The question was never "Will Lena Dunham be funny?" We knew she would be. Dunham's particularly gifted, as we see in Girls, at delivering a good one-liner with the kind of soft slyness that lands a good SNL joke.
'Vessel' follows the Dutch physician who founded Women on Waves, which provides abortion services on a boat in international waters to women in countries with restrictive laws.
Protesters call it the “Ship of Death.”
Rebecca Gomperts, founder of the Dutch-based Women on Waves Foundation, gives a television interview beside the abortion ship Aurora, rechristened the Sea of Change, while docked in Dublin, June 15, 2001. (Paul McErlane / Reuters)
Since 2001, Women on Waves (WoW), a Dutch non-profit organization, has chartered a yacht to countries with restrictive abortion laws. It docks in places ranging from Ireland to Morocco, and women in desperate need of abortions board the ship (sometimes in disguise), sail into international waters, and undergo a medical abortion—a non-surgical pill that combines the drugs misoprostol and mifepristone. The whole operation is possible due to a loophole in international law whereby when on a vessel in international waters, the laws of the flagship country apply. Women on Waves boat is a Dutch ship, and in the Netherlands abortion is legal up to six-and-a-half weeks into a woman’s pregnancy.
Why the eager attractiveness of Jesus in the new movie ‘Son of God’ could be a major turn off, especially for a Jew.
Hello my name is Sara and I’m a Jew for Jesus. Not that kind of Jew for Jesus. (Cue audible sigh of relief from my mother.) More like the “Everything I Do, I Do it For Jesus” heart struck, Ryan Adams kind. The “I Only Have Eyes For Jesus” lovah-lovah kind. Why? For one simple and admittedly shallow reason: He’s hot. That’s right, Diogo Morgado, the actor who plays the The Chosen One in the new movie Son of God is one beautiful being—however almighty he may be. The silky, scraggly bedhead, the I-don’t-care facial scruff, the hazel eyes and the just-moist pouty lips—that’s what digs deep into my soul.
The film, which is the first of its kind in decades, also marks famed reality TV producer Mark Burnett’s first foray into scripted drama and follows the success of he and his wife Roma Downey’s hit series on the History Channel, The Bible, in which Mr. Hunka-Hunka-Burning-Love also starred.
The powerhouse married showrunners piloting ‘The Good Wife’ have been expertly calling the shots together for five seasons on broadcast TV’s most acclaimed show.
It’s been more than three decades since Robert and Michelle King, The Good Wife’s married showrunners, first intertwined their professional and personal lives. Back in 1983, when Robert moved to L.A. as an aspiring playwright, he made ends meet by working at FrontRunners, an athletic shoe store around the corner. There, he crossed paths with Michelle, a part-time coworker who was about to start her senior year at UCLA. “We met each other stocking the sock wall,” recalls Robert. They soon started dating, but “we kept our relationship secret,” Robert says. “We didn’t want to deal with the pressure of the office…” “The shoe world!” Michelle pipes in, laughing. Adds Robert, “We don’t keep it a secret now!”
As if they ever could. As the powerhouse creators and showrunners behind The Good Wife, broadcast TV’s most acclaimed show (and one of the best series on broadcast or cable), the couple has expertly calling the shots together for five seasons as Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles) has navigated her tenuous marriage while rising through the ranks at Lockhart/Gardner, before leaving the firm this season in a blaze of glory to start her own practice. As The Good Wife returns March 9 after a two-month hiatus (to avoid the Olympics and a slew of other recent major Sunday night events, including the Super Bowl, Oscars, and Grammys), Robert, 54, and Michelle, 51, sat down with The Daily Beast to discuss how they’ve successfully pulled off being married to their job—and each other. “If it weren’t fun,” says Michelle, “we wouldn’t be doing it.”
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.
Introduced as “a trailblazer who has led the fight against censorship,” the White Stallion of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was beamed into a packed hall of journalists and concerned citizens from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he has been staying in asylum from an extradition order for over a year, for a Skype chat with Benjamin Palmer of The Barbarian Group, an interactive marketing firm based in Boston.
And the dapper Assange, who’s been in exile for 650 days, had some harsh words for President Obama on the National Security Agency revelations brought forth by Edward Snowden.
Thousands of bands descend on Austin, Texas, for the South By Southwest music festival. From Casual Sex to Death By Unga Bunga, here are the wackiest names of the fest.
Whether it’s a dearth of unused options or good ol’ psychedelic-induced lunacy, band names have gotten more and more inscrutable as time goes by. The Chumbawambas, Goo Goo Dolls, and Hoobastanks of the world have given way to creatively-appellated acts like Escrow Tomato and The Albino Toilet Boys (yes, these are actual bands).
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A plethora of up-and-coming bands will flex their musical muscles at the 27th annual South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Downtown Austin, Texas. And my, what names some of these acts have.
Who would play Jeff Goldblum’s character in a ‘Jurassic Park’ reboot? ‘The best version of the young me is Justin Bieber,’ he says.
Jeff Goldblum won’t stop pacing.
Jeff Goldblum poses for a portrait during the Toronto International Film Festival. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)
We’re at the Crosby Street Hotel and he’s pulled a tiny blue Fitbit out of his blazer. “My goal is 4,000 steps a day,” he says while ping-ponging between the room’s window and a back table. The effects of shooting Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel don’t seem to have worn off him yet, as he’s still dressed the part of a whimsical, vaguely nostalgic character, debonair in a powder blue suit, red bowtie, and vintage glasses.
From Adele Dazeem to the cutest polar bear cub in the world, take a look at this week's best viral videos.
5. Cookie Monster is Jean Bon-Bon
"Me tummy in despair." Jean Bon-Bon was just a Frenchman is search of a cookie. But then he met Flantine...you get the picture. All you need to know is that Sesame Street made a Les Mis parody.
Remember when Isaiah Washington was unceremoniously shown the door from Seattle Grace for using homophobic slurs in reference to co-star T.R. Knight? Now he’s coming back.
Remember when Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke on Grey’s Anatomy for three years, was unceremoniously shown the door from Seattle Grace for using homophobic slurs in reference to co-star T.R. Knight? Now he’s coming back.
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So what happened? Washington reportedly first used a gay slur on set in October 2006 during a fight with co-star Patrick Dempsey, during which Washington reportedly told Dempsey, “I’m not your little faggot like T.R. [Knight].” As reports of the incident began to spread in the media, Knight was actually forced to come out of the closet. Washington’s actions angered many gay groups, and he released a public apology after Knight came out October 19 stating “I sincerely regret my actions and the unfortunate use of words...I have nothing but respect for my co-workers.” After the initial incident, things calmed down until the 2007 Golden Globe Awards.
As Veronica Roth's bestselling young adult novel hits the big screen with Shailene Woodley, we take a numerical look at dystopia, fear, and what it means to belong.
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